Thanks cearball. Interesting construction. Inletting the threaded section is very much okay, but not welding it all shut but just the underside does not inspire confidence in reliability. Hope it works out for you.
I'm putting a new grip on my Hanwei/Tinker 9th Century Viking Sword. Of course, I forgot to take any measurements before I glued the new core together... Sorry! Still, here are a couple of photos of the sword stripped down to bare steel.
As you can see the guard fits very loosely around the tang, with about a millimeter of empty space on the edges and half a millimeter on the flats.
The pommel is keyed, and fitted much more tightly; the sides of the cross-shaped opening are filled with what looks like tiny pieces of wood, but that seems to be an entirely cosmetic touch. The pommel feels rock solid and I was unable to move it at all, in any direction, without applying amounts of force that would have bent the tang itself.
The tang is ever so slightly thicker than the blade shoulders all the way through, and retains most of its width all the way to the very visible peen, too. The fuller goes under the guard but not quite past it. The shoulders are ample and properly rounded.
All in all, the only structural flaw here is the overly loose guard. Originally I had planned to backpeen it, but there's just too much empty space for that. I ended up hammering tiny pieces of impact resistant plastic into the slot to shim it against the edges of the tang (I would've preferred copper sheet but didn't have any at hand), which seems to have done the trick because the sword now rings on impact instead of rattling.
"For sometimes persons do not know, they do not wish to know, and they have no intention of knowing. For such persons there is no excuse, but they are altogether to be condemned."
-- Heinrich Kramer & James Sprenger, Malleus Maleficarum
Man, the more I learn about how swords are used, the more terrifying this thread becomes. How are you supposed to grip a lonsword on the pommel when only a small threaded tang, or worst, welded bolt, holds it in place? Such a thin piece of metal for such dynamic impact?
christain: Don't feel alone, Scott. I gotta work Sunday while the rest of the family has Easter dinner. That's okay though...I'll just eat double when I get home.
Apr 21, 2019 0:11:34 GMT
ouroboros: Sorry Scott. Hope time off comes soon
Apr 20, 2019 18:33:48 GMT
Scott: I'm working all weekend
Apr 20, 2019 17:39:39 GMT
ouroboros: Easter Greetings to you too!
Apr 20, 2019 14:32:37 GMT
brothersteel: Finishing up "The Robe" as we're prepping for tomorrow. Seeing the one sword fight in the film last night, I laugh inwardly at how much Olympic fencing still reigned in Hollywood in those days. A blessed Easter to all!
Apr 20, 2019 14:23:49 GMT
ouroboros: Highway between us and Ottawa that follows the river is closed today for some flood proofing and sandbag work ... and 6 of 6 seedlings are showing their first set o leaves in the grow space under 600w of led lighting...
Apr 20, 2019 12:34:26 GMT
ouroboros: Got 2 crazies of 11 and 7 years home with me today. Just ended morning tachikaze session and the weathers gearing up for another wet day.
Apr 20, 2019 12:32:51 GMT
redscorpion: yeah, cars. Always spending money on those things. I just had to put spark plugs in my older Jag. $300 just about covers cost of materials (plugs and gaskets) - then it's a 4 hour job to change them out.
Apr 20, 2019 11:02:17 GMT
christain: TGIF, y'all....Anyone have any cool weekend plans ? Perfect weather tomorrow for Ren-Fest here, but after having to drop $300 on car repairs ....maybe next weekend/paycheck. Even had my kit packed up and ready.
Apr 20, 2019 3:09:55 GMT
redscorpion: Ah, I see now. I stand (or rather sit) corrected. Nice seax. Been thinking about picking one up for myself.
Apr 19, 2019 1:16:10 GMT
christain: Congrats, Nord! Nice looking seax you have there. You've waited patiently, and now...the reward! When you decide you want a Viking longship replica built, I know a couple'a guys.....
Apr 18, 2019 23:59:48 GMT
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