Einträge getaggt mit scabbard
Einträge getaggt mit scabbard
The completed scabbard with my 15th century kit
Well folks, I geared up to show you, how the new scabbard looks on my 15th century kit. And yes, these are the joined hosen, my tailor made for me. The red and white striped arming points are the ones, I looped over the last year (while watching Game of Thrones).
And for the very keen eyed: No, I haven’t done the leather gloves for the Kienbusch gauntlets you see there, yet. The ones I wear are not stitched to the gauntlets’ leathers.
A foursome: grip, rainguard, scabbard, belt
Finally it’s done. Last years scabbard project has come to a successfull end. Everything you see is made by me, except the metal parts (which were made and tinned by Holger Ratsdorf and Marco di Saro) and the blade itself (made by Jiri Krondak).
I disassembled the grip completely, wrapped the wooden core in linnen, glued on a riser and wrapped it in leather. After that, I attached a rainguard, tooled in a fashion of original finds from the netherlands. The scabbard has a core of hollowed wooden slats, lined with trimmed rabbit fur.
The outside is wrapped in linnen and bone glue. The leather is stitched in place, a metal chape protects the tip. The belt straps are knotted onto the scabbard using Matthieu Harlauts guide.
They are attached to the belt via two hooks (similar to contemporary portraits, e.g. Montefeltro) and a third strap is buckled in the front of the belly.
The last buckle is riveted onto the belt strap
The last few blog entries are not meant as tutorials, but since I shot some more pictures today, I’d like to give you some hints on riveting. At first you’ll need something heavy and sturdy like my little anvil there and a ball peen hammer. A normal hammer with a small peen will do too, but not as fine.
Cut the rivets with pincers and then file it smooth with a metal file. This is important to get an even rivet head. Use some leather under the buckle, you want to rivet, to prevent scratches.
The belt hooks are riveted in place
That is the result of my trial and error method of shortening the belt straps for my new scabbard. The hooks attach to a small buckle (I hope, it will hold the weight…) on the belt.
Yesterdays prayer worked
As you can see, I had to cut some more length from both scabbard straps. I used trial and error to get the right length. That means for every scrap on this picture, I had to get into my breast plate, buckle the belt and adjust the strips, until I found the right set up.
The belt hooks’ holes are to narrow for the rivets
This put my scabbard-belt-project to a halt today: the rivets are to thick for the holes in the belt hooks. At first I thought this may be a side effect of the tinning, but no…scraping some tin away was utterly useless.
Tomorrow I’ll have to drill the holes out before I can proceed with riveting. Nothing is ever easy, eh?
The brass parts for the belly part of the scabbard belt
The riveting was quite easy today, using my new little anvil and a new round head hammer, I bought during wintertime. Maybe my neighbours are now a little bit sour, ‘cause of all the hammering.
The clasp on the left is meant to hold the hooks of the two leather straps, coming up from the scabbard.
Finishing the belt and straps for my scabbard
Last year I built a new scabbard for my refurbished hand-and-a-half sword. I planned to attach a 15th century belt system similar to this one, during winter, but then I had to wait for some brass parts to ship and built me a new anvil for riveting.
Nevertheless, today I found some spare time to proceed with the project. I weaved the knots around the scabbard and experimented a lot with their straps on the backside, because I wanted to have the end of the strap to emerge in a slight angle and with the fair side up front. Well, this was no fun, but I succeded at last.
After that, I tried to cut the two other straps to length. Doing this alone is nigh impossible, because you have to wear your plate breast, hold three separate leather straps and a scabbard with sword in it at once - and then mark where to cut!
Tomorrow, I’ll see if I did cut the straps to the right length. For now, I call it a day.
First of all I am going to complete my new scabbard with a suspension system. It will consist of two buckles, two belt hooks and a distributor (inspired by this find). Last but not least there will be a metal fitting for the strap end, which I’ll post tomorrow.
Two straps will be knotted around the scabbard, ending in belthooks. The first of the straps will also get a buckle on it’s second end. These three ends will connect to a waist belt, fitted with another buckle, the metal tip and the distributor. What I try to achieve is an easy-to-unstrap-system of the scabbard. The waist belt will stay in place, while the scabbard can be unbuckled very fast.
Other projecs for this winter will be:
- Sewing leather gloves for my Kienbusch gauntlets
- Finishing my hosen and doublet in 15th century style (made by my seamstress)
- sewing braies and a shirt (15th century) and a linnen coif (13th century)
I am anxious, if I’ll get to finish all these projects until spring, so that I can start the season with a new 15th century kit.
Another project-in-wait is to assemble a bollockdagger. I’ve already got a blade from Tods Stuff and have a nice branch of walnut (which already dried for about ten years in my cellar). But I guess, this will have to wait for spring or summer next year.
Remnants of a medieval scabbard (probably 14th century)
This scabbard is currently at display at the Rothenburger Reichsstadtmuseum, where I took this photo. I unfortunately don’t know it’s origin and age for sure, but I guess the shown plaque maybe associated with it, so it would be from the 14th century. You can see it’s inner setup: thin wooden core, several, broad risers made with loops of string and a thin leather covering, which lacks any tooling. The scabbards mouth is covered in very ornate silver metalwork.
For further information about tooled/nontooled scabbards, take a look at this ongoing discussion at myArmoury.com.