I have sharpened my share of blades and knives including even grinding sharpened clip points onto knives and sword with false edges. Very dull, very thick edges,etc. I've even turned some knives into double edged.
I have never weighed the knives or swords after this more substantial grinding but I would imagine it would only be a few oz max unless we are talking about a serious amount of reprofiling( more then just a tip modification).
Short answer: I wouldn't count on the handling changing too much from just a simple sharpening and point reprofile.
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What about shaving down the thickness of the last 1/5th of the blade?
Aikidoka did a review and sword cutting for a deepeeka Viking sword that he personally sharpened and also removed the thickness off the tip of the blade, and he said that he noticed the blade felt more lively.
It all depends entirely on how much material you remove and from where. Merely sharpening a blade that already has an established edge geometry doesn't change its mass or mass distribution in any meaningful way, but on the other hand if you take something like a Windlass or Deepeeka blade with functionally blunt edges and no distal taper and file or grind it into proper shape, that can have a palpable effect.
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I have been generally curious about this question.
There are a lot of swords on the market such as Windlass or Del tin swords which come unsharpened or hardly sharpened which require significant sharpening to get a good edge on them.
I've been wondering because I was both curious how much weight would be lost over time, but also, regarding reprofiling the blade.
I've been considering shaving down the thickness at the tip of my Windlass Schiavona sword to drop a few ounces off the overall weight.
I was wondering how much weight do you think I could remove just from sharpening and reprofiling the tip?
If I were you I would use a file or angle grinder to completely thin down the foible, or pay someone to do it. I've done this a few times in windlass swords and it always drastically improved handling qualities and cutting performance.
I can second what MOK and Jordan said. Had a Kawashima one-handed knightly sword and a Windlass saber that I thinned down the foibles of, taking off around 12 g from the sword and around 15 g from the saber, iirc (more on the saber ‘cause I sharpened the edge on that, too – came blunt, as Windlass pieces use to). Improved handling noticeably on both pieces.
Now follows the conclusion, that whosoever shall think or find himself in his fight too weak for the agent's, or patient agent, and therefore, or by reason of his drunkenness, or unreasonable desperateness shall press within the half sword, or desperately run in of purpose to give hurt, or at least for taking of one hurt, to give another, shall most assuredly be in great danger of death or wounds, and the other shall still be safe and go free. - PARADOXES OF DEFENCE, George Silver, 1599
christain: Truthfully, I can almost swear I remember seeing a replica sword like that back several years ago. The decorations on the guard and pommel look very familiar for some reason.
Jul 21, 2019 10:33:15 GMT
christain: Send him a fake check. Or $4500 in play-money.
Jul 21, 2019 10:28:55 GMT
stormmaster: well to clarify i dont like checks or cash for a online purchase of a fake
Jul 21, 2019 6:53:08 GMT
christain: Okay, I'm done. Good day gone to hell. Wife was trying to back the car into the garage...she didn't make it. So...off to the salvage yard I go to find a used tail light assembly. Fark.....
Jul 20, 2019 23:12:32 GMT
christain: Seriously...nothing wrong with FedEx, but......really??? A (ahem) rare ancient sword, which should be in a museum, and you're gonna ship it out like a well used Windlass??? C'mon..... And for $4500.....
Jul 20, 2019 20:06:39 GMT
christain: I have a book full of checks, and a fair wad of cash in my wallet right now. I think I'll go find a match or cigarette lighter........
Jul 20, 2019 20:00:39 GMT
stormmaster: i like fedex, but i dont like checks or cash
Jul 20, 2019 19:35:22 GMT
christain: Even if I owned it and it WAS REAL, I sure as hell wouldn't ship it FedEx.
Jul 20, 2019 19:22:35 GMT
christain: What a crock........
Jul 20, 2019 19:17:53 GMT
ouroboros: Hey howdy folk....I was just reading up on that antiquity of a viking sword from Estonia. Good times ... good times
Jul 20, 2019 19:01:38 GMT
christain: Already have plans for the modifications that WILL happen when I get it.
Jul 20, 2019 17:37:17 GMT
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