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Here are some of the previous pieces crafted at Paladin Forge!

 

BKS Type XIIa

This is a fantasy piece based on an Oakeshott type XIIa blade from Baltimore Knife and Sword.  While inspired by period pieces, this style of guard and pommel were used in different periods, though the total package is very appealing in design.  The grip and wood-core scabbard are wrapped in white elk leather and the grip-wrap was wrapped in cord to add texture to the leather for a better, more secure grip.  The scabbard also includes an integrated belt as seen on many 14th century effigies.  The fittings are mild steel.

The specifications are as follows:

Overall Length: 44.5 inches

Blade Length: 34.75 inches

Blade Width at Guard: 1.88 inches

Guard Width: 9.125 inches

Handle Length: 7 inches

Point of Balance: 4 inches from guard

Weight: 2.88 pounds

 

Hanwei Tinker XVIIIa

Another fantasy piece based on a Hanwei Tinker fullered bastard sword blade, an Oakeshott type XVIIIa.  The mild steel fittings on this have been blued to accent the polished blade, and the grip and scabbard wrapped in vegetable-tanned leather and dyed a golden color.  The guard is gently curved into an S shape while the pommel is a simple form of the "scent stopper" type.  The scabbard includes two straps for lashing to a belt.

The specifications are as follows:

Overall Length: 42.5 inches

Blade Length: 33.25 inches

Blade Width at Guard: 1.5 inches

Guard Width: 8.5 inches

Handle Length: 7 inches

Point of Balance: 6 inches from guard

Weight: 2.29 pounds

 

Albion Riding Sword

This was a custom commission built on a "riding sword" bare blade from Albion Swords.  The blade has been sharpened and polished, as are the mild steel guard and pommel.  The grip and scabbard are wrapped in vegeltable-tanned leather and dyed a dark red, or "oxblood," color.  The handle was also wrapped in cord for texture and a more secure grip.

The specifications are as follows:

Overall Length: 33.5 inches

Blade Length: 26 inches

Blade Width at Guard: 1.6 inches

Guard Width:  5.9 inches

Handle Length:  5.125 inches

Point of Balance: 3.5 inches from guard

Weight: 1.9 pounds

 

Hanwei Dark Sentinel

This commission started with a Hanwei Dark Sentinel, a fantasy saber built much like a katana.  The oiginal grip was removed and the tang cut and ground into a typical medieval European shape.  The cylidrical guard has been fluted and twisted.  The pommel is an Oakeshott type V1 fishtail and has been peened tight.  Both guard and pommel are made from mild steel.  The grip is wrapped in soft black leather and includes 3 risers.

The specifications are as follows:

Overall Length: 41 inches

Blade Length: 31.75 inches

Blade Width at Guard: 1.88 inches

Guard Width: 9 inches

Handle Length: 7 inches

Point of Balance: 4 inches from guard

Weight: 1.85 pounds

 

Oakeshott XII.2

This piece is inspired by sword XII.2 in Oakeshott's Records of the Medieval Sword.  Oakeshott describes this as a late Viking age design dating between 950 and 1000.

My interpretation is based off of a Hanwei Tinker single hand blade (Early Medieval Single Hander).  The blade has been sharpened, as the factory edge was quite dull.  The fittings are mild steel.  Both the scabbard and grip feature poplar wood cores wrapped in soft brown leather.  The scabbard also features a red oak strap bridge finished with boiled linseed oil.  The hilt is secured via a nut that has been rounded to resemble a peen block.

The seam on the scabbard of this piece is somewhat wavy as can be seen in the picture above.

The specifications are as follows:

Overall Length: 38 inches

Blade Length: 31.56 inches

Blade Width at Guard: 2.06 inches

Guard Width: 4 inches

Handle Length: 4.19 inches

Point of Balance: 6.5 inches from guard

Weight: 2.4 pounds

 

Customized Hanwei/Tinker GSOW

Made by Hanwei and designed by reknowned sword maker Michael "Tinker" Pearce, this Oakeshott type XIIIa is typical of the "great swords" popular in the 13th and 14th centuries.  This piece is in new condition and retains the original guard, grip, and scabbard.  A custom type I disk pommel has replaced the original type J pommel.  The pommel has a mirror finish to match the guard.

The specifictions are as follows:

Overall Length: 47.5 inches

Blade Length: 36 inches

Blade Width at Guard: 2.25 inches

Guard Width: 9 inches

Handle Length: 9.25 inches

Point of Balance: 5.5 inches from guard

Weight: 3.75 pounds

 

Custom Albion Type XVIa

This sword was built using an Oakeshott type XVIa bare blade from Albion.  In the first picture, you can see how the blade came from Albion, heat treated with the scale still on.  The blade was given a mirror polish and is extremely sharp, perfect for cutting water bottles and other soft targets.  The writhen style pommel was made by The Printed Armoury, and a twisted guard was made here at the forge to match.  The hilt pieces also have a bright mirror finish.

The specifications are as follows:

Overall Length: 45.75 inches

Blade Length: 36 inches

Blade Width at Guard: 2 inches

Guard Width: 8.5 inches

Handle Length: 7.25 inches

Point of Balance: 5.5 inches from guard

Weight: 3.25 pounds

 

Oakeshott XVIIIa.2

This piece is inspired by sword XVIIIa.2 in Oakeshott's Records of the Medieval Sword.  Oakeshott dates this design between 1400 and 1440.

My interpretation is based off of a Hanwei Tinker bastard sword blade.  The blade has been sharpened from the dull factory edge.  The curved guard and faceted scent-stopper pommel are mild steel and have a satin finish.  The scabbard and handle are made of poplar and wrapped in soft blue leather.  The hilt is secured via a recessed nut in the pommel.  The hilt and/or blade can be further polished upon request.

The specifications are as follows:

Overall Length: 43.25 inches

Blade Length: 33.38 inches

Blade Width at Guard: 1.56 inches

Guard Width: 8.38 inches

Handle Length: 7 inches

Point of Balance: 4 inches from guard

Weight: 2.6 pounds