Post by Matt993f.o.d on Feb 27, 2009 9:29:39 GMT -5
I like the style of your take on Glamdring, but (just personally) think that the guard you have used on Orcrist is not quite Elven enough, if you know where I'm coming from. I always imagined Elven blades to be of the sort of build and design you have achieved with your Glamdring, and it is not that I don't like what you have done, quite the opposite, its just that it is at variance with my pre-conceptions.
It would be cool to see you set some precious gems in the hilts of these beauties! That would fit in with what they say in the books real well!
Post by Brendan Olszowy on Feb 27, 2009 10:29:48 GMT -5
Ahh yes, the jewels, the jewels. I had a plan for that. I have 2 sets of stunning mystic topaz I was to use. I was to put 2 x 6mm round mystic topaz at teh tips of the guards of Orcrist, OR put 2 x 12mm in the main faces of the pommels. I decided on the 6mm ones in the guards. But since they are so pretty already, I didn't want to risk them by drilling them now. I couldn't do anything til after they were heat coloured. Now I don't want to mess them up. I was going to drill a 6mm hole just deep enough to sit teh gems flush, and epoxy them in. I still might, don't tempt me.
As for the style of Orcrist, I won't argue. Though it was destined for a Dwarf Lord, which I think it suits well. While Glamdring was destined for a wizard, which it also suits.
Post by ShooterMike on Feb 27, 2009 10:46:20 GMT -5
I have to start by saying that I am not much attracted to fantasy swords as a rule. But your Glamdring is very close to perfection. That is a beautiful sword. If I were ever to actually shell out big bucks for a fantasy sword, that one would be in the running, along with a very few of Jody Samson's blades.
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Post by Brendan Olszowy on Feb 27, 2009 19:35:30 GMT -5
Thanks Mike. I know you are a student of hisorical types. Some day we'll drag you across to the way of artistic swords based on historical principles. Pity to be sans Jody, but he has surely left us a legacy. It'd be good to see some reviews of his work.
Post by bloodwraith on Feb 27, 2009 19:57:27 GMT -5
Holy Hell dude. I want that Glamdring! it is the best piece I have ever seen from any maker, absolutely stunning. Is this a commission? If so, if requested would you make another? The wood on the handle is stunning and the pommel and cross are beautiful. This is how I always pictured glamdring. Karma for this one mate and well deserved indeed.
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Post by SlayerofDarkness on Feb 27, 2009 22:06:36 GMT -5
Absolutely amazing, Bren. Glamdring is now my favorite of your swords, right above the Edward. ;D
Brilliant design, the first thing I thought of when I saw these blades was, "Wow, he really IS the next Jody Samson!! " I've joked multiple times about how I thought you would one day be as popular as Jody, and I have no doubt that that is a very real possibility, if you keep doing such great Samson-esque work like this! ;D You nearly made me have a heart attack when I saw Glamdring, it was love at first site... Pity that I'm sure someone will have bought it long before I get a job and could afford it.
GREAT JOB, BREN!!!! Another +1 will be coming soon, one just isn't enough for 2 fine blades such as these. )
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Post by Brendan Olszowy on Feb 27, 2009 22:40:35 GMT -5
Thanks guys. I'm quite in love with them both myself.
Glamdring feels light as anything with its 33mm POB. It's super flickable single handed, and feels like it weighs 2lb. I can't put it down. Orcrist truly is a Goblin Cleaver, it's still well balanced but, but with a slightly longer POB. While Glamdring is heavier it feels lighter, while Orcrist does feel more of a cleaver. It's got major distal taper to offset the leaf blade but still wants to chop, while Glamdring is a definite thruster. Glamdring also has a much thicker point being a thruster, while Orcrist actually thins right down to a 1mm point, being a slasher.
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The one thing with Jody's work is that they are all quite machines, with multiple, and curved fullers, and hollow grinding galore. While all that is beyond my hand making powers. Still, I'm a bit over fullers and these prove that some nice beveling is as good as fullers.
Post by Sam Salvati on Feb 28, 2009 10:35:03 GMT -5
First of all VERY nice work Bren.
Secondly, I agree with Matt, the glamdring is more along the lines of an elven blade, while the orcrist is what a dwarf would have made, they were destined for different masters but were forged for elves by elves (if I have my tolkein stuff straight, I never read the books), so I would figure in my own design the fact they were made for elves with elvish style.
But again damn nice work.
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Post by kidcasanova on Feb 28, 2009 11:35:10 GMT -5
Well, it was forged by elves in Gondolin (First Age), but its original owner was never mentioned. It is possible to have been forged for a dwarf (and would have been sized/styled appropriately, perhaps), though it is doubtful. A dwarf owner would explain how the sword escaped the Fall of Gondolin.
Beautiful work, Brendan. Personally I love Orcrist more, though it is not strictly elvish in style. Might have used elvish script for the engravings, but geez they're sexy pieces. I love what you've done to incorporate the Ring. Have a Karma on me, brother.
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