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    Basket Hilt Ideas wanted!!!

    I'm looking for ideas for a basket hilt commission that is coming up. I know some of you have swords you are proud of or dreamt about so let me have them! It’s all the better if you can provide pictures and histories. Pretend that the sky is the limit….so anything is impossible. Also, I’d appreciate it if you pass along any good websites with basket hilt images.

    I was born in Ayr, Scotland, by chance (both my parents, while of Scottish decent, are American, as am I—AND DAMN PROUD OF IT!) I lived in Irvine as a very young child. The interesting part is my family is from the same region and I still have very distant relatives that live there. The family joke is that we where invited to leave Scotland in the 18th century after a disagreement that cost a few lives….my line comes from the ones that came to America. In any case, since we had to give up our swords and there are no images of what they might have looked like I thought it might be interesting to create a basket hilt broadsword sword appropriate to the 1700’s and the lowlands of Scotland. However, I am open to anything!

    THANKS!
    Last edited by E. Hamilton; 08-08-2006 at 03:47 PM.

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    Here is one from Gus Trim, I love this stuff,
    http://www.angustrimdirect.com/model.../unamed_31.htm

    These are some from the All Saints site that is no longer in operation.
    http://64.70.238.182/basket1.htm
    http://64.70.238.182/basket10.htm

    Then Armor Class has some goodies as well,
    http://www.armourclass.com/Data/Page...Collection.htm

    And if you do a search in the General forum , liveing history or here in the Scottish forum on Baskethilts you will find a bunch of other pics of new as well as antiques.
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    Also, it might be of worth to mention that Donnie Shearer (The Mad Piper) can make many different kinds of baskets, and his stuff is regarded as both well made, and historically accurate.
    There are others, Eljay is highly regarded on here, and he is a forum member, as well as Angus Trim (which seems to be THE blade to mate a EBE hilt to), both are easy to talk to, and to communicate with so far. His work is amazing from what I have seen, which is of course, what prompted me to pursue a piece.
    That being said, I am getting pieces from both the aforementioned makers, and am anxious to see how everything turns out. I still have a number of months to wait for one, and the other doesn't desire money 'til '07... so any time that you get a custom or a semi-custom piece made, there is going to be a wait time. It is also good to bear in mind that most of thse folks also have a back log, which will increase the wait. So, patience is a good thing, although, you can sit for months and bite your nails... ha ha ha.

    Castlekeep is another well reputed basket hilt maker, Armour Class is on my list to acquire... they're very well reputed, and from my email correspondence, are nice fellows.

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    Thanks for the ideas. I don't think I was clear in my post I've been in line for a while with Eljay and well....my time has come. At first I thought he wouldn't be able to start my project until Dec 06-March 07' but it appears my time has come.

    Let's just say I don't want to blow my shot. At first I thought I wanted a ribbon hilt...now I'm not sure.

    KEEP THOSE IDEAS COMING! I want this to be special...

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    A ribbon hilt would indeed be interesting, and from what I have seen, not the most common of basket hilts. I prefer S hilts myself, but the Saltire hilt that Armour Class has is pretty stunning... also, if you look up some of the Walter Allen hilts, those were pretty much THE hilts way back when. If you are searching for ideas, you might want to check out the photo albums at myarmoury.com. There are a number of rather interesting pieces represented there.

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    Thanks for the info...the albums on the myArmoury.com are great!

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    Does any have a pic of Vince Evans Turcael handy?
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    Josh,
    Do a search on Turcael and find among other threads with pics, http://forums.swordforum.com/showthr...hlight=turcael
    Scroll down.
    "Do not suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberty by any pretences of politeness, delicacy or decency.
    These, as they are often used, are but three names for hypocrisy, chicanery, and cowardice.” John Adams, 1789

    "Everything the enemy least expects will succeed the best."

    Frederick the Great 1747

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    Arik

    Dammit man! You know that I cant do that. I start getting lathered up looking at them and then I cant get to sleep.

    I bet you were one of those kids who tapped on the glass at the pet store to get the dogs barking, then ran off laughing weren't you?

    Sigh!
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    I know I am little late replying, but I was in the same boat about 6 months ago. When I went out on line I found this excellent site with a lot of great examples. What I didn't know at the time was that this was the site of a well established Sword Forum member, Thomas McDonald. Here is the main page of his photo site, and the example I sent to Donnie Shearer (The Mad Piper) as an example of what I wanted:

    http://www.picturetrail.com/gallery/...=6&uid=717149&

    and

    http://www.picturetrail.com/gallery/...940&uid=717149
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    Some very nice work in there from ElJay-the 14th up from the bottom in the album of his hilts is absolutely beautiful.
    Interesting that the hilt from the English backsword I have been slobbering over on Gus's site is shown in there also, along with the mortuary and the German backsword.
    Justin King

    just killing time until my next bad idea....

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