Highlander Duncan katana.

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eethan

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oh yeah, that last one is killing me, exactly what you are describing, you managed the better than original perfectly mate! I think the other one can be thrown away! great job (y)
 

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parfaitelumiere

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I already have made the blade, habaki, tsuba, fushi, ring and dragon head, and made a extra handle cast.
For the blade I made a aged look resin handle with wooden core, I could spare it, use the marto fittings on it, and put a better blade on it too, , because it would be far better than marto handle for sure, then, put in junkyard.
 

Anakin Starkiller

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I already have made the blade, habaki, tsuba, fushi, ring and dragon head, and made a extra handle cast.
For the blade I made a aged look resin handle with wooden core, I could spare it, use the marto fittings on it, and put a better blade on it too, , because it would be far better than marto handle for sure, then, put in junkyard.
Before you do that, please PM me. I'd be interested in the resculpted parts that you don't plan on using.
 

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Solos blaster

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Beautiful! I don't think I really like how carved out the teeth are, but everything else about is absolutely stunning work(including those teeth).
 

parfaitelumiere

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I would say I almost partially got regrets as I started carving deeper, thinking you getting trouble, these were a crazy **** to carve, but I was thinking about getting it more naturalistic and well worked.
But I admit if it would be right now, I would do simplier teeth design saving half of the carving time.
 

parfaitelumiere

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Some years ago(one-two decades, at this time I was in knifemaking hobby) it was possible to get it, people didn't want the white core, only colored outer part, cores were sold for low price.
Now, most of chinese buy it and make sculting from it, as the elephant ivory has got very strong restrictions since 2015 2016.
 

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parfaitelumiere

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finally, after hours and hours, the other side is finished, the ring is also finished, patinated, I made a very slight patina on the ivory too.and yes, Mammoth is polite name for "ruined ugly existing item, pre 1947" the handle was a awful african carving remain.
Here you can see design improvement from bottom to top.
Bottom is just cast and polished, most of engravings are just lines, no relief carving.
Middle is cast and all has been cleaned by carving, relief and rounded edges instead of just lines, and design improved.
Top has full relief carving.
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Now I have to find what to make the handle, saw this, 31cm, 7cm base, cracks are probably superficial and carving is horrible...
So I 'm very tempted...
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parfaitelumiere

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I made some mods on the marto, adding material here and there, then made a cast and complete new engraving.
I changed the middle ring design, the clouds design too, and front area is modified too, I like the new design better.
The front ring has same design as the middle ring.
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And here is a comparative design I am thinking about.
actual handle is on middle.
Bottom is ensuite design rings, top is ensuite design ring, but completely ivory carving.
My favorite is top one, then, bottom one.
It would be possible to carve thehandle from several ivory pieces, I have many old ivorybackgammon chips I can use them to make the fuchi, front and rear rings.
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I think I will also remove the fake ivory fitting on the front, in the beginning, the original part was a solid silver dagger sheat, and the ferrule was the bottom, they cut the design to make it as a handle, but the design is nonsense.

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Solos blaster

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VERY interesting!!!

I had no idea the history of where the design for Duncan's hilt came from.

For what it's worth, I like the idea of a (as much as possible), solid piece hilt rather than one built from many pieces. Also, while it looks neat, I think the darker color may take away from the visual of the carvings.
 

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