WIP: XII riding sword

Next project: a handy and compact type XII that would be well suited for sword and buckler fencing. The blade was actually started on some time ago and is already heat treated so I expect quick progress. To give an impression of the finished sword, I put another guard and pommel on it, neither will […]

What is a sword worth?

This is another immensely difficult issue I struggle with. How do you put a price on a sword? Do you calculate hours, days, weeks invested? What about the time spent not actually in the smithy but „just“ thinking about a project, making sketches, looking at originals? What about the time spent training sword fighting? All […]

Steel alloys and what makes a good sword

Why is it that people are so incredibly fixated on steel type? I just had a lengthy discussion with a guy on why I was using the steel I use and not what he thought best, etc. You all know, there are ENDLESS discussions on what‘s the best possible sword or knife steel and incredibly, […]

Sword sharpness

Swords need sharp edges (duh). We have a more or less precise idea of how swords are supposed to be used from looking at historical manuals and it is obvious that brute strength and hammering is neither necessary nor the sensible thing to do. While the manuals do tell us to fight with all our […]

Hand-made and perfection

This is something that I struggle with on a frequent basis. My swords are entirely hand-made, there are no CNC-machines or other computer-guided devices. A set square, a compass and a set of old calipers (my grand-father‘s) are my only technical devices for measuring stuff. And me eyes of course. I tend to do a […]