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Brag, brag! or: Swords and Daggers

Inspired by a discussion I had with some friends on the LSD forum at Fanfiction net, I decided to share some pictures of my weapon collection. It has been a long time since I took part in reenactment, but still, I'm proud of these... Kari, this is for you! :)



This is the complete collection: my Raven sword, two daggers, two training swords, and a battle axe (oh, and two vambraces):







This is a closeup on the Raven, the sword that was made for me:



And this one:



Here is a closeup on one of the daggers:




And here's the other one:



These are the training swords:



And, finally, the axe:



And while it has been a very long time, yes, I actually have some training in how to use these, too. :)

(Not much, though, admittedly.)



Hope you enjoy! ;)

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ladysanjou
Dec. 8th, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh this raven sword looks really, really cool !
crowdaughter
Dec. 8th, 2008 11:41 pm (UTC)
*g* That one was made after my design, and specially for me. I love it, very much. ;)
ladysanjou
Dec. 10th, 2008 07:02 am (UTC)
I can imagine - may I ask where you did let it create ?
crowdaughter
Dec. 11th, 2008 11:37 pm (UTC)
By a friend in Berlin who happens to be a real Blacksmith. He made it after my design, and it really is a beauty - the steel signs when it hits something. :)

It's better not used for real stage fighting, though - the blade is too thin for that and will get dents, easily, which would ruin it.
ladysanjou
Dec. 15th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
Wow, this is really cool - you are lucky to have such a friend ;)

It is really a beautiful sword :)
lethe_lloyd
Dec. 8th, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
They're beautiful - and sharp pointy things make my legs go funny XD - knives especially
crowdaughter
Dec. 8th, 2008 11:40 pm (UTC)
Hmmm - they are not all sharp and pointy, though. Most of them are blunt, so as to avoid accidental injuries. Save for the daggers.
BUT the can be used in a real sgtage fight, and work pretty well. XDDD
lethe_lloyd
Dec. 9th, 2008 07:27 am (UTC)
I bet they do :D
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crowdaughter
Dec. 8th, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC)
I had a long reply to this, and lj ate it. So, I repeat here, just thatv what I learned was more like stage-fighting then real fighting, which is much different - but would not be taught with real swords, probably.
I really would like to learn how tio use a sword properly in a real fight, though. :)
nierielraina
Dec. 8th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
Oooooo.... *longs to hold the pretties* Very nice! Most of mine are replica LOTR and not even sharp! Though my unlicensed Eomer's sword is balanced and sharp! And I would LOVE to have some training in swordplay. *reminds self to join SCA*
crowdaughter
Dec. 8th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
Yea,, they are well balanced - especially the Raven, which is very heavy, but was once balanced between blade and grip to the point where it felt as if it wieghted absolutely nothing. Unfrtunately, the blade had to be worked over to take a dint out, becvcause I could not resist to use it for traing - and now, it is slingtly heavier in the grip. Which is still a good thing - you can use it much easier, this way, and it is easier to use. It sings, too. :)

*reminds self to join SCA*

Alas, as far as I know, the SCA does not allow real weapons, for security issues. These swords are all blunt and have very blunt edges, of course, and the tip is pretty roounded. Still, they are dangerous - when I was training, I saw one or two swords break, and the pieces were flying. Could easily hit where they shouldn't.

But in my medieval reenactment group, we all used them for training, anyway.
wiseheart
Dec. 8th, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC)
Impressive. All I have is a kitchen knife... although I'm deadly with it when I'm making Sauerbraten. *g*
crowdaughter
Dec. 8th, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
. although I'm deadly with it when I'm making Sauerbraten. *g*

*g* Well, as I said, what I learned was mostly stage fighting - very obvious and regulated moves so the counterpart would know what you are doing, and injuries can be avoided. In a real fight, I'd be deadly only if I used these pretties as a club. XDDD

Edited at 2008-12-08 11:37 pm (UTC)
agape4rivendell
Dec. 9th, 2008 04:06 am (UTC)
Very nice indeed. I love 'Raven.' Would be fun to hold....

I've got a 'real' Boromir one and it is very sharp(e) and balanced I keep it well away from the children. It's heavy too - not for play!

crowdaughter
Dec. 9th, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
Hi, agape! ;)

I've got a 'real' Boromir one and it is very sharp(e) and balanced I keep it well away from the children. It's heavy too - not for play!

Well, technically, the Raven is not for real play, either - the blade is too thin and the edges not blunt enough to qualify for a real show fighting sword; while it is not sharp, it still can cut, if used with full force. And the claws are really pointy. The training swords are blunt enough, and the blades heavy enough, for a real fight, though.
vamp_ress
Dec. 9th, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
I could post a picture of my Samish knife, but since I use it mostly to cut tomatoes I don't think it counts (it's eerily sharp, though).

Are you roleplaying or are those collectibles?
crowdaughter
Dec. 9th, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
Hi, Vamp_ress! :)

Are you roleplaying or are those collectibles?

I was a member of a medieval re-enactment group, for a while. The training swords are czech weapons I bought at a medieval fair (Mittelaltermarkt) thatb that time. The Raven was made by a blacksmith friend for me.

I visited quite a few fairs, when I was into this, and still miss that hobby, sometimes. But it took too much of my time (she says, sitting at the keyboard, obsessed by the Intern et. Um.) ;)
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crowdaughter
Dec. 9th, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
Hi, Calenharn! Ah - finally somebody who knows her weapon-lore! :)

(That Raven blade looks rather heavy to me for a one-hander - but the hilt doesn't look long enough for a two-hander? So just what did you do with it?)

It is an one-and-a-half hander, meaning, you can use itboth with one hand, and with two. As such, it is well-baalanced to have a complete balance between grip and blade - or, tat was the original state, before the blade had to be reduced a bit at the edges to take out a dint which occcured in a figt, and which could have caused the blade to break. Now, tthe balance is slightly off and the grip is heavier. However, that is not a bad thing, as it makes the sword easier to handle, actually. :)

I can use it with one hand, but it does take its toll on my wrist. :)
lhun_dweller
Dec. 17th, 2008 03:00 am (UTC)
Very cool! Metalwork is always interesting to look at. Thanks for sharing!
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