Recommend a swordsmith?

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  1. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

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    I want to buy or commission a custom sword with a hand and half hilt.

    Can any of you fine folks point me in the right direction? The online links are pretty much for decorative pieces, and I'm interested in someone's real forge work, not something I can break with the first blow. I don't have thousands to spend, but I might if I can find a smith that can convince me of the quality of his work.

    Thanks.
     
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    (I don't understand this thread. What does it have to do with Trump?)

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  7. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

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    I'll have a look. Thank you.
     
  8. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

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    What? Why do you think that's funny?
     
  9. billvon Valued Senior Member

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    He was complaining in another thread that all anyone seems to talk about here is Trump.

    (Ironically, in this thread, that is due to him.)
     
  10. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Yes, contining the running gag.

    (nobody gets me)

    Anyway, carry on.
     
  11. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    You might try:
    Blacksmith Leonard Grewe, Weyauwega Wisconsin
    I do not know if he makes swords, but have seen long knives of his with the steel folded several times.

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    getting ready for the zombie apocalypse?
     
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  12. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

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    Nah. I just like steel as a backup. Thanks to you as well!
     
  13. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Does it matter where?

    Surely, delivery cost for a 4 foot piece of steel would not be trifling.
     
  14. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    I purchased a gladius from Cold Steel for around $50 from memory.
    The edge was poor however I fixed that.
    However as a weapon it would be hard to go past.
    Seems indestructible.
    Alex
     
  15. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

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    Not really, just quality. I'm just starting my search, and I already have a decent katana. I want the new one to be a straight blade, and not quite as long as as arming sword. Maybe along the lines of a smallsword, but with a longer grip..
     
  16. Kristoffer Giant Hyrax Valued Senior Member

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  17. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

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    Nice, thanks.
     
  18. Randwolf Ignorance killed the cat Valued Senior Member

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    I don't know if you are familiar with the History channel's "Forged in Fire":

    Forged in Fire is an American reality television competition series that airs on the History channel, and is produced by Outpost Entertainment, a Leftfield Entertainment company. In each episode, four bladesmiths compete in a three-round elimination contest to forge bladed weapons...
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forged_in_Fire_(TV_series)#Episodes

    I'm pretty sure you can find a good swordsmith by following this up - Wiki comes complete with links. Examples::

    EpisodeTitleResults
    1Champions Edition - "Scottish Claymore"[1]1st Place: Ben Abbott http://www.ashgroveforge.com/
    2nd Place: Matthew Parkinson http://www.dragonsbreathforge.com/matt.html
    3rd Place: Salem Straub https://sites.google.com/site/vorpalcustomknives/
    4th Place: Burt Foster http://burtfoster.com/

    2Fan Favorites - "Hook Sword"[2]1st Place: David Roeder https://www.facebook.com/Custom-Knives-by-David-Roeder-JS-730614966949653/
    2nd Place: Rich Greenwood http://www.pokabuforge.com
    3rd Place: Kelly Potter https://www.etsy.com/people/kraed
    4th Place: Ryu Lim https://www.instagram.com/ryu.lim/

    3"Butterfly Swords"1st Place: Shayne Carter https://www.facebook.com/shayne.carter.98
    2nd Place: Andy Alm https://www.etsy.com/shop/AndyAlmKnives
    3rd Place: Harry Burdett http://www.burdettmetalsmithing.com/index.php
    4th Place: Michael Hoopes https://www.facebook.com/allensonarmory/

    4"The Falcata"1st Place: Kelly Vermeer-Vella
    2nd Place: Justin Jones http://jbforged.com/
    3rd Place: Will Bagley
    4th Place: Frank Christensen http://mustacheforge.com/

    5"Kora Sword"1st Place: Liam Hoffman http://www.hoffmanblacksmithing.com/
    2nd Place: Josh Smith http://www.joshsmithknives.com/
    3rd Place: Paul Happy
    4th Place: Robby Bowman

    6"Hunga Munga"1st Place: Jared Williams http://www.jaredsforge.com/
    2nd Place: Eric Anthony Leong
    3rd Place: Ryan Lewis
    4th Place: Harlan Whitman http://www.harlanwhitman.com/

    7"The Boar Spear"1st Place: Allen Newberry http://www.newberryknives.com/
    2nd Place: Clayton Cowart
    3rd Place: Mike Sindel
    4th Place: Chase Wilder

    8"Xiphos Sword"1st Place: Keith Hill
    2nd Place: Jon Maynard
    3rd Place: Sam Rutherford
    4th Place: Riley

    9"The Pandat"1st Place: Pete Winkler https://www.instagram.com/crossknives/
    2nd Place: Jo Smith
    3rd Place: Brandon Brink https://www.facebook.com/brandon.brink.7
    4th Place: April Franklin

    10"Zulu Iklwa"1st Place: Matthew Moline https://www.facebook.com/matthew.moline
    2nd Place: Lyle Wynn https://www.facebook.com/lyle.wynn
    3rd Place: Scott Mcreynolds https://www.facebook.com/scott.mcreynolds.92
    4th Place: Clarence Jackson https://www.facebook.com/clarence.jackson.1800

    11"The Pata"[3]1st Place: Travis Wuertz http://www.traviswuertz.com/
    2nd Place: Shayne Carter https://www.facebook.com/shayne.carter.98
    3rd Place: Peter Swarz-Burt http://www.dragonsbreathforge.com/peter.html
    4th Place: Scott Thomas https://www.facebook.com/Buccaneer-Forge-881753351863000/

    12"The Zweihänder"1st Place: Jay Replogle https://www.reploglearmory.com/
    2nd Place: Stephan Fowler http://fowlerblades.com/
    3rd Place: Harry Black http://www.boiseblacksmith.com/
    4th Place: Emiliano Carrillo https://www.emilianocarrillo.com/

    13"Cavalry Saber"1st Place: David Mooneyham http://www.lunareclipseforge.com
    2nd Place: Todd Bitler http://nativeworkshop.com/
    3rd Place: Jason Glenn Howell https://www.facebook.com/jason.g.howell.9
    4th Place: Nic Hanlon https://www.facebook.com/BangThisWithHosenhoffen/
     
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  19. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    Whenever I go to a hardware store I notice the variety of readily-available murder weapons. My house is full of potential weapons that would be hard to get past.

    (My personal belief is that the darkest moment in human history was when somebody decided to invent a tool specifically for killing people.)
     
  20. Oystein Registered Senior Member

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    Be careful, you could fall on your sword.

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  21. spidergoat Valued Senior Member

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    That seems unusual. Everything I got from them was razor sharp. I have the sword cane and the Espada XL and large sizes.
     
  22. paddoboy Valued Senior Member

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    I remember seeing a show, long long ago on swords and their forging...The part that stuck in my mind was the work and excellence that went into making the Japanese samurai swords, and how their quality surpassed just about any other sword anywhere else.

    I also recall when I was a tin lid, an Uncle of mine who was a MP in the Australian Army at the end of WW2. While serving in Japan just after the war, he some how got hold of a Samurai sword, and brought it back to Australia.
    My Mother ended up with it when he died, and in the early seventies or late sixties from memory when my parents noticed an add in the local paper re recovering as many of these swords as possible....After informing the advertiser of the fact we had one in our possesion, we then subsequently had a call from some Japanese diplomatic/government people asking us about this Samurai sword...They inspected it and gave my Mum a large sum of money to part with it, [around $1000] simply due to the fact of how highly regarded they were and the craftmanship that went into making them.
     
  23. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    A drunk with an angle grinder did mine, ruff and uneven.
    It didnt worry me I just wanted two edges for cutting bush you can cut for longer without a sharpen.
    Alex
     

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