What size should I make my replica of Sting?

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thd9791

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Peening shouldn't be a particularly violent process. Normally you'd heat the exposed part of the tang and tap it quite gently. It may take more than one heat. Assuming the handle wood has the grain running from the guard to the pommel, it can take a fair bit of abuse as well. It's much stronger along the grain than across it. It's one of those things you pick up, different handle materials all react differently, what will take some abuse if you need it to and what will just break unless everything is fitted perfectly.
Thank you! This clears a lot up in my head, never having done it

In that video it looks like he just glues the pommel on, I don't see any threading or a bump on the end?
 

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bookface

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Thank you! This clears a lot up in my head, never having done it

In that video it looks like he just glues the pommel on, I don't see any threading or a bump on the end?

Yeah I don't know. There must be something else going on, as without a connection to the pommel or a pin through the handle (like a katana) there's nothing to stop the blade simply flying right out of the handle the first time you swing it. or simply staying in the sheath when you draw it. And that would be embarrassing in a fight.

I'll most likely be peening the tang on mine, I'll see if I can remember to shoot a video of the process. Seems like there's a few people interested in blade making.
 

bookface

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Had a chance to work on this some more over the weekend.

First of all I cut it down in size and then forged in some bevels.

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Now it's mainly work on the grinder to shape it a bit more before heat treatment. I did give a quick dip in some ferric chloride to get a bit of a look at the pattern, although it doesn't show up that well before it's heat treated or with 36 grit scratches on it!

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thd9791

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very, very nice work. Looking like a serious sword already

Was this on a linershire (sp?) / round grinder or a flat thing like files and stuff?
 

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Stivie

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Awesome work, I've been eyeing a few 2x72 belt grinders. Yet to pull the trigger as I want to be able to grind different size fullers and might have to make a custom arm and roller. What kind do you use?
 

bookface

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I have a 2"x72" belt grinder, also called a linnishing machine in some parts of the world. I did the initial bevel grinding on a flat platen, but I'm fairly certain that Sting has a hollow ground edge. That pic would seem to support that. To me, hollow grinds make little sense on swords, but reasonable sense on daggers that might be primarily thrusting weapons.

Stivie I got mine from a guy in Greece, no particular brand. If you're US based then most of the ones you'll see advertised will have options for contact wheels, flat platen, mini wheels. I'll grab you a pic of my setup and the options I have tomorrow.
 

bookface

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Stivie here's what I've got for my 2x72. The arms are all quick release and take less than 30 seconds to change round.

Flat platen for grinding flat bevels

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Contact wheel arm. I have a 6" wheel and a 14" wheel that I change out as needed. Changing the wheels is a bit more of a pain but still only a couple of minutes.

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Third arm with an attachment for small wheels, from 1" to 3/8".

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And finally, I heat treated the blade today. Sadly it opened up a crack in the blade and I had to grind about 1.5" off the tip, so it'll be slightly shorter than planned. That said, I almost prefer the shape to this shorter blade. We'll see when I get a handle on it. It just means that I get to make another one. How sad.

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bookface

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Awesome grinder, thanks for the pics! Shame about the crack after heat treat.

It happens. Just the reality of making blades. Thankfully it doesn't happen often, and this was in a non critical place.

Looking good so far. Will it have any distal taper to it?

Absolutely. So far I have it going from about 5mm at the base to about 3.5mm close to the tip. It shouldn't change much from that now though.
 

bookface

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Got the guard and pommel started. They were both forged roughly to shape and then worked further on the grinder. I'm actually really looking forward to starting on the handle and doing the silver inlay. It won't look exactly like the prop, but it will have the same feel.

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