Executioners Sword by Iron John Logan. WIP originally posted in the Art of Weapons Facebook Group April 2020
Forge hot, 1080 steel
Tang hand forged
blade and tang forged
Forging the guard
Blade and hilt components rough forged
Drilling out the pommel
Everything rough ground and fitted, ready for heat treat
Heat treat furnace coming up to temp.
Successful heat treat
Blade ground and hand sanded, hilt and pommel final shaped.
Trying something new - attempting to create pitting with acid saturated saw dust.
Overnight "soak" with muradic acid soaked saw dust. I really like the patina, and may come back to this in the future, but it did not pit the steel as I wanted
#2 at aging the blade. this time with a salt/copper sulfate etch mixed with sawdust and wall sizing to make it sticky. Above photo is with it applied, bottom photo once it is washed off and carded back with steel wool. Only 2 hours
for layer #3 at aging the sword I decided to do the hilt and blade separate ways, to make the overall sword differing textures.
The hilt parts I am treating with the tried and true method of applying a cold blue to the steel and then submerging in bleach. this photo is only 30 minutes into the soak and you can already see the rusticals forming!
#3 on the hilt after soaking in bleach total 4 hours
#3 on the blade rock salt/copper sulfate mixed with saw dust. total of 6 hours
Grip core roughed in
grip core finished, leather "risers" attached
First binding of the goat skin leather grip. This forces the leather to stretch and compress to conform to the grip core. I normally do 2 forming bindings, and then a final 3rd once the leather is sewn on
first binding of the leather grip is dry. Now to take it off, trim and dye and bind for the second time
All parts completed! Just need to peen the tang. Front of the sword