|Project by lordbyron||posted 08-29-2011 05:20 AM||5346 views||12 times favorited||11 comments|
This is my homage to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I loved all the swords and armor from the movie. Each one had a sense of realism and history to its character. For all you Lord of the Rings fan geeks, this sword was carried by the Numerorian in the prologue to the Fellowship of the Ring. It is also featured in The Return of the King as the Standard sword carried by all Gondorian Soldiers.
I make the blade, hand guard, and pommel out of poplar and the handle out of red oak. I try to make the swords very realistic and durable as well. I’ve given many of my swords to 8 & 9 year old boys and was surprised that they have held up very well!!!! I paint the blade to look very “battle worn” and put some light coats of oil on the handle.
I am quite proud of the handle as it is rounded on the bottom (pommel side) and gradually tappers to a square at the top (hand guard side). To do this I cut out the handle about 1/8”wider at the top, on each side, than what I wanted. Then I rounded over the entire handle on all four sides. To get the top square, I just sanded the top half of the handles sides until it was square and the bottom was still round. It turned out perfrectly!!!
-- Homer Simpson: "Hi Bart, how was school today?" Bart: "Os-Os.....Thats backwars for so-so" Homer: "Wowwww"