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Thracian sword reconstruction Vindonissa Museum
#1
After a few years I now can make this sword from Vindonissa. I first saw this as a small picture in a book but without a length to go on just left it. I now have them so have made a start, and I have it to a near shape. I can tell you it is a beast in the hand, I will post photos as I go for now the picture itself I am working from, sorry file will not down load  Angry 
   
Ha I won't let technology defeat me Wink
May take a bit to finish work ect but will post as I go along  Smile 
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When you have all this why do you envy our mud huts
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#2
Here its is in the rough, this will be a easy grind but still time consuming  Wink  then metal guard and a nice grip just some holes for rivets. 
   
What I started with and the rough shape.
   
Very interesting sword to work on, I have not seen anything like it in a Roman context, so any imput is welcome.
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Woe Ye The Vanquished
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When you have all this why do you envy our mud huts
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#3
The blade has its first grind. From here I can start to take it down to the profile of the origonal blade. It will have a wicked cutting edge.
               
So it is going well so far. If you have any questions please ask away  Wink 
Total length; 55.3cm
Max width; 4.2cm
Blade; 44cm
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Woe Ye The Vanquished
                     Brennvs 390 BC
When you have all this why do you envy our mud huts
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Centvrio Brennivs COH I Dacorivm (Roma Antiqvia)
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(05-09-2019, 08:28 PM)brennivs - tony drake Wrote: The blade has its first grind. From here I can start to take it down to the profile of the origonal blade. It will have a wicked cutting edge.
  
So it is going well so far. If you have any questions please ask away  Wink 
Total length; 55.3cm
Max width; 4.2cm
Blade; 44cm
Regards Brennivs  Big Grin
He Tony, nice blade! But I believe there is something wrong with your reconstruction. Notice how the blade in the picture of the original is wider near the tip then near the handle. And that is not due to corrosion. Yours has a perfectly straight back and a even width. It can be easily fixed to conform to the original, but it does need a visit to a blacksmith shop to correct the shape IMHO. That is, if you have not ground the spine down yet .....
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#5
Yep. The extra metal at the tip moves the centre of gravity closer to the end. Looks like the original would have functioned a lot like a bolo machete - a formidable chopper.
Author: Bronze Age Military Equipment, Pen & Sword Books
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#6
Thanks for the replys, sorry I could not respond telephone cable was cut ARRR took two weeks for repair.  You are both right I did not upload my final shaping silly me, but I now have ground down the profile to the shape, I had left a bit of room on the blade on my previous photos before the final shape.
     
The picture is not great but I hope you can see the difference  Smile
   
I have come across this sword which has similar elements but a bit longer.
I am now pondering the scabbard so if anyone has thoughts on possibilities please share. It may be a while before a bit further on, a few gigs are up and comeing. Will post soon  Wink
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Woe Ye The Vanquished
                     Brennvs 390 BC
When you have all this why do you envy our mud huts
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Centvrio Brennivs COH I Dacorivm (Roma Antiqvia)
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