New Custom Sword Build: The Nightmare Continues... May 30, 2021 17:21:35 GMT
Post by lebleuchevalier on May 30, 2021 17:21:35 GMT
Some of you may recall I own a sword made by Baltimore Knife and Sword that is named Nightmare. I bought the sword second hand, it was shipped to me disassembled, and upon reassembly the tang snapped on me. When I sent it back to BKS for repairs, I documented how horrible my experience with them was in this thread: sbg-sword-forum.forums.net/thread/56622/issue-manufacturer-final-update
Subsequently, I have let the sword hang on my wall like the sword of Damocles for about two years now. The hilt furniture is beautiful, the scabbard the previous owner made is really nice, and it has given my office space some visual interest. Last night I arrived at a fateful decision: I have decided to give the sword new life and intend to repurpose the blade. Nightmare will live on in name and infamy, but she will wear some new duds.
I removed the hilt components yesterday and intend to either sell them on or keep them around for a project in the future. The blade was never long enough for a proper two handed sword anyway, so it's no big loss. I intend to transform Nightmare into a Medieval arming sword.
Today, I ordered some new hilt furniture. I am going for a simple cruciform style with a wheel disc pommel. I also shortened the tang today and cleaned up the polish on the blade. I did my best to remove the mustard patina from the blade. I got most of it off with 400 grit wet and dry sandpaper, but it still persists. I will either keep sanding, or may elect to put a flat patina on the sword. I will document the build in this thread.
What I am currently contemplating is what sword type this blade is. Here are some stats and photos. Any thoughts?
Blade length: 36 inches
Blade width: 2 inches at the base, tapers to 3/4 inch at the tip
Blade thickness: 5mm at the base, 4mm in the middle, 3.5mm at the tip.
Blade weight: 844g (bare blade)
Steel type: Unspecified. Blade has excellent spring, good temper!