Shortswords, Swords and Rapiers
As with all out other blades, our swords are all hand forged from the finest available steels. We will not use recycled leaf springs or other scrap materials for our blades.
These are 100% real swords. These are not toys nor are they "stage props". We hand make each one, paying close attention to not oly the forging but also the thermal treatments and finishing.
We use for our blades either 5160, 1060 or L-6. L-6 is a very fine steel for a rapier, and we use this almost exclusively for these. Our other swords are 5160 or 1060, either of which will make a very fine blade, but we have found that 5160 is a very difficult to beat steel when it comes down to overall performance in a sword length piece.
We harden and temper each blade in accordance with its design and overall intended purpose. Most single handed swords and shortswords are hardend and tempered to 55/57 Rc, as we feel this is about as hard as you can get with a sword length piece without overbuilding and/or risking edge "chip outs". This hardness level is quite a bit harder than the surviving swords that we have examined. On most sword length pieces we do a differential temper, resulting in a hard, yet tough edge and a somewhat softer and more "spring like" center spine to "back" it up. As far as we know we were the first custom makers to do this in a double edged piece, starting to do it this way in 1978.
Bastardsword and hand and a half blades are tempered the same way, with the differential heat treating but are a few points softer due to the tremendous impacts and stresses that these blades are subject to in use. These we harden to 53/55Rc.
Rapiers, being forged from L-6 shine at 55/57 Rc, as at that hardness this steel is very tough, resiliant and just about perfect for a rapier. Rapiers we heat treat differently, the blade is an overall "spring" temper as this reults in the most flexibility.
All in all, proper thermal treatment, coupled with proer forging techniques results in a superior blade, better than either process can produce alone.
Grip Materials and Fittings
The "standard" grip materials we use for swords incl
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