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    French Hanger

    I am heading to Fort Zachary Taylor this friday and I needed something to wear on my side. I wanted to make something subtle and sweet. I left the edge blunt on this for the time being. If I still have this sword when I return, I plan to grind more off the edge making it lighter and adding a sharp edge to it.






    Custom hanger with 24.25" blade and is 29 " Overall.
    Blade is satin polished with double hand ground fullers, stop edge and file worked spine.
    The blade is .175" thick at the hilt and distally tapers to .1" just before the tip and .08" at the tip
    The blade is 1.125" wide at the hilt and .75" before the curve of the tip.
    The hilt is medium carbon alloy and is heat treated for toughness
    The spiral fluted handle is made of whitetail antler with fluted steel cap.
    The overall weight of this sword is 1.37 LBS or 625 grams
    The edge is left blunt for stage combat use and the POB is 4" from the hilt.

    More pics can be seen here http://imakeswords.com/frenchhanger2.htm

    Thanks for looking.
    "If you can draw it, we can make it".
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    Matt Stagmer - Sword Maker @ BKS

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    Splendid work with the guard and clamshell. The fullering on the blade is fine as well. I have some reservations about the grip and pommel (those components look rather bulky; I think they could be downsized and refined more), but not to linger on it.





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    Nice!

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    Thanks fellas.

    The grip is actually quite small. I need to upload a side shot or two. Here is one in my hand to show size.
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    Ah, the perspective does look different next to your hand... ...btw, I found some cool pics of antique French 'hunting swords' (also called 'hangers' for reasons I'm not familiar with)...









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    Last edited by Ty N.; 11-24-2011 at 06:44 AM.

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    Those are some sweet examples for sure. I have an original side plate just like the top one that we have molded and will reproduce soon. A few projects ahead of that one, but soon!

    Do you have a larger pic of the lower one? I would love trying to scuplt a sideplate like that in steel!
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    The second one was the only photo available from an online auction catalog that was probably very old. The brass-hilted piece is seriously pimped-out...

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    I am game to try either. I do think that both deserve pattern welded or wootz blades though.

    Do you think that 2nd one is Osage or some sort of bone?
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    The bright orange grip may be stained wood. I pondered various horn types, but not sure. As for the choice of steel, that's up to whoever is paying for it. Personally, I think monosteels are just fine and historically feasible.

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