Hand-made Swords - Clevdrui - Celtic Anthropomorphic hilted short Sword
- Swordmaker: Jake Powning
- Blade - 42cm / 16 1/2”
- Hilt - 14cm / 5 1/2”
- Weight of sword - 496 g / 1lbs 1.5oz
- Overall Length - 56cm / 22”
- Scabbard - 53.5cm / 21”
The blade on this sword is forged of 558 layers of 1075/8670m figured steel. It has a strong distal taper with a concave crossection. It feels light and deadly in the hand. These small swords are extremely efficient in every sense. The blade is forged of high layer spirit pattern damascus wich shimmers like figured wood or flowing water when you move it in the light. The hilt and scabbard fittings are cast silicon bronze, and the scabbard is birdseye maple lined with close sheared sheep fleece with the lanolin left in to protect the blade.
Source & Copyright: Jake Powning
It’s hilts like these that remind you that creating a sword was often the combined effort of 5 or 6 different specialists.
Hand-made Knives - Eagle in a feather
- Winner of R.I. Knife Show’s “Best Art Knife” - 1996
Handle and blade are carved from D2 tool steel with feathers carved along tang. Finger guard is an eagle talon.
Source & Copyright: Szilaski Custom Knives & Tomahawks
Hand-made Knives - Proud Eagle
- Knifemaker & Copyright: Joseph Szilaski
- Winner “Best Fantasy Knife” Blade Show 1999
Each feather of this art piece is an multi-bar nickel damascus blade. The cuting edges are high carbon damascus. The head, tail and feet are carved in ivory, inlaid into the carved oosik body.
Source: Joseph Szilaski
The kukri, alternatively spelled khukri or khukuri, is a curved Nepalese knife, similar to the machete, used as both a tool and as a weapon. It is a traditional weapon for Nepalese people, and also a weapon of choice/side arm for all Nepalese including those serving in different armies around the world.
The cutting edge is inwardly curved in shape and is the icon of Nepal. It was, and in many cases still is, the basic and traditional utility knife of the Nepalese people. Very effective when used as a weapon, it is a symbolic weapon of the Nepalese Army, and of all Gurkha regiments throughout the world, signifying the courage and valor of the bearer in the battlefield.
It is a part of the regimental weaponry and heraldry of the Royal Gurkha Rifles, and is used in many traditional rituals among different ethnic groups of Nepal, including one where the groom has to wear it during the wedding ceremony. It is known to many people as simply the “Gurkha blade” or “Gurkha knife”. The pronunciation “kukri” is of western origin, the Nepalese people to whom this weapon belongs pronounce it as “khukuri”.
A kukri designed for general purpose is commonly 40–45 cm (16–18 in) in overall length and weighs approximately 450–900 grams (1–2 lbs). Bigger examples are impractical for everyday use and are rarely found except in collections or as ceremonial weapons. Smaller ones are of more limited utility, but very easy to carry.
Another factor that affects its weight and balance is the construction of the blade. To reduce weight while keeping strength the blade might be hollow forged, or a fuller is created. Kukris are made with several different types of fuller including: tin chira (triple fuller), dui chira (double fuller), angkhola (single fuller), or basic non-tapered spines with a large beveled edge.
The kukri typically comes in either a decorated wooden scabbard or a leather-wrapped scabbard. The scabbard usually holds a karda (auxiliary knife) and a chakmak (steel-flint striker) in addition. On many village kukris and some older military kukris, the scabbard also has a tinder pouch.
The oldest known kukris are in the National Museum in Kathmandu, Nepal that belonged to Drabya Shah circa 1559. The kukri came to be known to the Western world when the East India Company came into conflict with the growing Gurkha Empire, culminating in the Gurkha War of 1814–1816.
“S-shaped” Zulfikar Sword with Gilded Silver Over-laid Hilt (1709)
Zulfikar swords are relatively rare and this example is unusual even among zulfikars on account of the pronounced curve of its double-edged steel blade. As with other zulfikar swords, this example has a bifurcated or split end.
One edge is saw-like; the other is not. The blade is stamped on both sides with either a maker’s mark or a armoury stamp, which includes the date ‘1709’.
The iron or steel hilt is overlaid with silver and silver-gilt in stylised Mughal-inspired poppy designs. The hilt includes a concave pommel which similarly is decorated on the top and underside. Overall, the sword is heavy in the hand.
Source & Copyright: Curator’s Eye
Hand & A Half - Two Handed Swords
Claymore Sword - Scotland, Fifteenth Century. Steel blade with narrow fuller on 2/3 of it’s length. Steel down turned quillons with round section. Steel disc shaped pommel. Wooden grip wrapped with leather. Length Overall: 104cm. Weight: 1480gr.
Two Handed Sword - Second half of Fifteenth Century. Long diamond section steel blade with strong ricasso. Faceted fig -shaped iron pommel. Steel cross guard ending with little balls. Long wooden grip bound with red cord. Length Overall: 135cm. Weight: 2050gr.
Hand and A Half Sword - Early Fifteenth Century. Long steel blade with fullered ricasso. Steel cross guard, flattened at it’s ends, with ring protection for the finger. Steel disc pommel. Long wooden grip bound with intertwined iron wire. Length Overall: 121cm. Weight: 1700gr.
Source & Copyright: A work of Art
Knifemakers & Copyright: Willie Rigney (1st pic) | William C. Cronk (2nd pic) | Wolfgang Loerchner (3rd pic)
Source: Blade Forums
Pair of Silver Mounted & Ivory Elephant Combat Halberds
Culture: Eastern Burma/Northern Thailand
Dated: 18th-19th century
This pair of long halberds or swords comprises curved steel blades, hilts of solid ivory segments, and silver mounts repoussed and chased with scrolling creeper motifs and petal bands.
The ends of the handles or hilts are capped with silver sheet decorated with the panom motifs - these are Thai-style Buddhistic celestial nymphs. The pair most probably come from the Shan States of eastern Burma or the Lanna Kingdom of northern Thailand.
Source & Copyright: Curator’s Eye