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OK, I need to get the apologies out of the way first.... i know i said i would try to take work in progress pics, but it just dont work that way when I'm in the workshop and the creative juices are flowing, so sue me.

I had a lot of fun making this, Its obviously not historically accurate, and its going to be a wall hanger, but I like it none the less.


Blade is bubinga, overall length 37", blade 26" with a 1/2" curve in the blade.
Blade edge guard is walnut.
Circular handle guard is teak.
Handle is rippled ash built up over the bubinga tang.
End cap is home made brass.

Balance point a couple inches into the blade.

the cutting edge is shaped, but I've left the actual edge an 1/8" wide to stop any splintering.
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Very attractive and a good replica of an ancient sword or knife.

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Very nice, Bob! I don't think you could have chosen a better piece of wood for the handle. Looks like it's really wrapped with cord.

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My lawyers will be in touch. Nice looking sword Bob.
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Wow! Well done, Bob. As David said, it really looks like the handle is wrapped with cord. I had to look twice. A very cool project.

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One of a kind project. Neat!

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Beautiful creation. It will be a wonderful wall decoration. You're forgiven for progress pictures, sometimes keeping the creative juices flowing are more important than a few snapshots. This turned out far better than I expected from your first post. Smart leaving some thickness. Here's a picture of practice swords in use (Kendo).
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I Like it, Bob!
I try and keep all my electronics out of the shop, especially the camera...
There'a a 20 yr. old job site radio in there, and that's all the evidence I need to confirm my concern.
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That’s really neat Bob. And it’s first for me , as I’ve never seen that done before

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That's a beauty, Bob, even the color of the blade looks like it is fresh out of battle. Great looking handle. Now that you have it down pat you need to make a pair to display crossed swords in your den. Good Job!

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