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Constantin von Bernuth




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PostPosted: Sun 12 May, 2013 9:21 am    Post subject: Another 14th c. table knife *bling edition*         Reply with quote

Hi all,
I delivered another commission last week to a guy with an outstanding 1320 knightly kit.
He wanted something special for his table knife... he said...
The blade is a forged composite blade (inserted and forge welded hardened cutting edge) by excellent blacksmith Timm Esemann (blade legnth 123mm, overall length 249mm).
I made the handle from darkened oak, bone and brass.
The richly decorated sheath is a bit of an experiment. There are several finds of sheaths and leather girdles with remains of pigment paint and gilding. I never tried this before but I thought this would just about be appropriate for a night at the dinner table.
It is made out of blackened (iron water) 2m calf leather with cut and stamped motives after the german "Codex Henricus"
The coloring is done with oil paint (iron oxide pigments with linseed varnish) and leaf gold applied with egg white.
Although the gilding kind of worked I must say that leaf gilding will not become my favorite technique... ; )
The cord is made of madder died silk and is -of course- hand roped...

Hope you like it...








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Leo Todeschini




PostPosted: Sun 12 May, 2013 9:40 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Exceptional indeed!

Tod

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Joshua L Burrell




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PostPosted: Sun 12 May, 2013 10:06 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That really is lovely. I love all of it, but the sheath is exceptional.
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Thomas R.




PostPosted: Sun 12 May, 2013 11:47 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

This is stunning work! I'll try to close my dropped jaw for the next few hours... Surprised
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Gregory J. Liebau




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PostPosted: Sun 12 May, 2013 3:09 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very beautiful! The sheath is exquisitely decorated.

By chance do you have a photo of this fellow's "1320s knightly kit" that you can share? You can PM me so as to not distract the conversation... That's right up my alley and I always love seeing good interpretations!

-Gregory
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Bruno Giordan




PostPosted: Mon 13 May, 2013 12:13 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

A top class work on that scabbard and a nice blade. I think it captures the spirit of the medieval period. Superb
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Radovan Geist




PostPosted: Mon 13 May, 2013 12:55 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

thatīs wonderful!
just a small technical question (if itīs not a secret): how did you join layers of brass & bone & wood on the handle? did you use any glue, or itīs just holding together by a peened tang? have used both methods, but have problems finding a glue that is both historically accurate and sticks well (esp. on brass).
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Constantin von Bernuth




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PostPosted: Mon 13 May, 2013 11:45 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Radovan Geist wrote:
thatīs wonderful!
just a small technical question (if itīs not a secret): how did you join layers of brass & bone & wood on the handle? did you use any glue, or itīs just holding together by a peened tang? have used both methods, but have problems finding a glue that is both historically accurate and sticks well (esp. on brass).


I am a bad secret keeper ; )

I also use both techniques depending on the customers wishes. In this particular case everything is done without glue. The cutouts in the discs are filed to precisely fit into their position on the tapering tang. That way nothing will be able to rotate or move around the tang later and the endplate with the peened tang firmly holds everything together.

In other cases I use expoxy or highly fluid superglue with primer and Zip Kicker for bone/brass/horn. Scratching the brass with coarse sandpaper helps and degreasing the bone/ horn with aceton is a must if you want to shape the glued toghether package by itself (not fixed to the tang).

Hope this helps...

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Scott Roush




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PostPosted: Mon 13 May, 2013 12:56 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Beautiful! Great use of materials..
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G.L. Williamson




PostPosted: Mon 13 May, 2013 4:40 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That is simply outstanding! It always brightens my day to see works of such finely executed (and functional) art; I find its tasteful elegance both beautiful and very appropriate for the desired use/period. You did a fantastic job on it all. Happy

Of course, there's a downside...Now, I want something like it, and haven't yet plotted funding it...lol

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l'audace...
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