Post by Jordan Williams on Feb 3, 2018 18:39:12 GMT
Alrighty, recently got this in the mail. Doesn't have any real pitting to speak of, but it's so dark. What would be a good way of scrubbing it back to at least semi bright? The etching is fairly shallow.
That looks very nice indeed! Good contrast. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for the compliments, I was terrified I was going to destroy the etching on it lol.
I will give Windlass some props here. On their replicas they did a nice job of replicating the overall look, all one has to do is scrub away the black finish. But they still lack much of the super fine detail, like the borders on the flags and drum.
My impression of the reproduction swords from India with engraving is that they accurately reproduce the look of a 100 year old well-used officer's sword. But perhaps that's what they were intending to do. To be fair, they don't all look like that but some do.
Post by Jordan Williams on Feb 5, 2018 16:55:49 GMT
Well that turned out way better than mine. Gonna try out in out in the future, looks like a way better and way cleaner way of cleaning off blades. Hell I may even try to use it on non etched blades, to see where that goes.
Thanks for the resources.
Also some sarcasm - I can't believe he erased all those years of history and patina, matt just ruined that swords value, it's worthless as an antique. It would have never existed in that state of polish, Bleehegehgheehehegh.
Post by Jordan Williams on Jan 9, 2019 2:22:56 GMT
Alrighty, my current Ames has some very pitted out etching. Not so much you can't tell it's there or what it is, but it's hard to make out. What I'm thinking is somehow re-etching it, but I have no idea how to accomplish this. Is there a reputable fellow who can hand engrave items like this? Someone like Pooley perhaps?
Nothing I'm committed to, just something I've been thinking of.
John Lundemo is an ace etcher as well and has done volumes of work (including copper plates on the walls of Ellis Island). However, replicating the Ames etch is a somewhat different proposition. He would take any photo/rendering you have (by the way, the Hamilton Ames history book has a few pages of some of the Ames etchings) and then get it etched on the blade.
About re-etching: It can be done. In some cases where the etch is still intact but very undeep: After degreasing cover the high points with nail polish and fill the deeps with etching agent. It is possible to even re-etch the very fine lines as these are no more than scratches into the lacquer cover. Any publication on art etching will tell you the what and how of the process. This method is slow but quite secure as you can study what is happening and stop the process any time you want. Etching is not rocket science.
Method 2: Same as above, but now with low volt electricity. I do not have the time right now to go into this, however this method is very fast and much of the results depend on how good you are at drawing, since you have to re-draw the entire etch. This method is good for executing a simple design in a sword blade, like: X. X. X. * MUR.E.SNOK * .X .X .X anno 1504. Google ,, electric etching ''. Interesting stuff may roll out.
I would go for method one and do some training on an old replica blade. Now, as it happens young Sire, I gots this wonderful old WEI replica of a Brit Navy ...........
Post by Jordan Williams on Jan 10, 2019 23:58:50 GMT
Thanks for the references Edel.
The guide is helpful, I think I'll try to test it sometime on a windlass, And practice getting the details down. I'm fairly okay at detail drawing, And the designs seem simple enough on the sword but would hate to basically erase them.
Thanks Gandy, I would say I shouldn't have sold that Horstmann but the Ames I got is in far better condition blade and grip wise.
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Feb 15, 2019 23:41:58 GMT
christain: It's about 72F. here. I may sit out by the fire-pit tonight. Spent a good part of the afternoon polishing armor. This becomes a bi-weekly thing in winter. But, with the up 'n down temps here, I can see rust forming. From cold and dry to warm and damp--yup.
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Feb 14, 2019 23:02:35 GMT
nerdthenord: Basically we had our last bit of pseudo winter, I'm relaxing doing Jack all for the rest of the week, and my custom seax just had it's pommel finished.
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Feb 14, 2019 23:00:06 GMT
christain: I feel that the forward slanting curvature of the crown and the extended nasal gives the helm a unique look and extra protection by allowing glancing blows. Nasal helms are about the bare minimum in armored combat, but combined with a mail coif....yeah!
Feb 14, 2019 22:42:31 GMT
Matt KOA: christain - Glad the new Phrygian caught your eye. I liked it too - particularly because that unique and interesting style was not well represented on our site when compared to the many other more standard "nasal bar" helms.
Feb 14, 2019 15:22:13 GMT
MOK: Thanks Matt, that does help! I've seen a few places do it the hard way, and nobody ever specifies.
Feb 13, 2019 21:10:51 GMT
christain: Armored workouts are on hold due to a slightly twisted ankle. Should be better in a day or two. Now, I just walk around(limping)in my armor. Makes it interesting to the neighbors when I go out to the box and get the mail.
Feb 13, 2019 20:29:33 GMT
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Feb 13, 2019 18:49:43 GMT
ouroboros: Brother Knight--hows the armoured workout treating You?
Feb 13, 2019 18:46:37 GMT
christain: MattKOA: Love the new Phrygian Norman and Crusader nasal helmets you guys have up. I see an order in my near future. Can't go to Ren-Fest wearing last years armor. That would be a fashion faux-pas.
Feb 13, 2019 18:40:32 GMT
Matt KOA: Jordan - We checked with our supplier and the sword is still considered "Back Ordered" with them and they do not have an ETA to provide. I'm sorry I don't have anything more specific at this time.
Feb 13, 2019 17:16:15 GMT
Matt KOA: MOK - We measure in a straight line from where the blade exits the hilt to the end of its tip. Hope that helps!
Feb 13, 2019 16:52:16 GMT
MOK: Hey Matt, just to clarify, do you measure curved blades in a straight line from one end to the other, or along the curve?
Feb 13, 2019 9:11:12 GMT
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