Post by Brendan Olszowy on May 26, 2007 8:59:57 GMT -5
Yeah, thats what I though. It would look very 'ye olde' but abrasive. The recreated Conan Atlantean by Albion is apparently cotton so that must be ok.
Apparently Clyde uses Nylon on the Gen 2 Brian Boru for less stretch and better durability. But I wonder if it would be more slippery as it is plasticy. Also I wonder if the Nylon would not grip the Epoxy as well as a natural fibre?
I wouldn't use cotton for the grip of a medieval sword, if that's what you're planning. I don't know bout other cultures but cotton is a pretty bad material for doing anything in the middle ages. For one, it was hard to get. But it also (I believe) becomes too flexible when wet meaning that the strength of the grip can change dramatically. Or so I've heard.
Post by Brendan Olszowy on May 28, 2007 10:43:17 GMT -5
True. Cotton does deteriorate after wetting. Its for my Narnia Sword. I'm of two minds: If I keep it shiny I would go nylon which is super neat and shiny. I could also go red to match the red leather on it now.
I also have this urge to antique it. It has a really polished blade and nickel plating on the cross (steel) and pommel (brass). I would like to pick all the nickel off and give the blade a salt/ vinegar bath.
If I antique it I'd go jute or hemp.
I just bought another new Narnia sword which reduces my guilt in antiquing this glitzy piece. What would you do, shiny or antique?
I actually would prefer the shiny look, just because the entire sword screams luxury to me.
Why not use just use some leather decorations? Nylon seems too plasticy for an apprpriate sword grip if you ask me. With some leather customizations, you'd could have a nice glossy finish with the durability and texture that leather gives.
Post by Brendan Olszowy on May 28, 2007 11:13:20 GMT -5
I havent seen too many examples to give me ideas of what to do with leather. One reason i wanted to cord wrap it is to add some girth to the grip and some risers to help control it. Its a bit narrow standard. Any pictures of grips you like, to give me some ideas?
What about some really REALLY tightly wrapped thin cord with leather over it to give a uniform bumpiness to it. Then you could add some thick leather risers wherever you'd want them (My opinion would be two big ones adjacent to each other right where that gold grip ring used to be. You'd have to take the hilt almost from scratch though, meaning taking off everything from the handle except for the wood.
In my opinion, that's the prettiest style of grip. Chris has a guide on making this, by the way.
If you haven't seen already, it would come out a little bit like this -
I'm going to do another leather handle but I'm not going to cord wrap it and I'm going to stitch it .
Maybe you can wrap it with a cord and if you don't like the leather wrap look you can stitch it instead. That like it has a nice handle already. I don't think just having cord around would look as nice, I would finish it with leather.