Sunday, April 13, 2014
Quite a few swords have been added recently.
Including several with fine European blades. There is also a milestone in the catalog, #100 from a new contributor!
Other additions include…
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Takouba 33, my personal favorite and prized possession is recently back with me after being out for a few months for a well deserved restoration.
The purpose was to conserve and protect the sword against the deeply set rust and grime that it came to me with. It is now in excellent condition and showcases better than ever it’s many unique and important features.
To recap - this is a mid to late 14th century blade with gold inlay in the blade marks and the hilt is exceptionally old as well.
I am very proud to own it and overjoyed to have it back in my hands. I invite you to take a look at the new images and see it in the state it deserves to be seen in.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Another addition from my own collection.
Sunday, December 29, 2013
One of our contributors, Will Goodwin, was kind enough to share some photos of a takouba replica he undertook. The result is impressive, particularly the attention to detail in the hilt construction. Will notes the hilt was much more difficult than he anticipated to produce and inspired increased respected for the original African smiths and cutlers who produced these.
This sword is not a catalog entry, but Will’s obvious passion and skill for recreating this sword type deserves a front page post.
As far as I’m aware he’s one of the very few modern smiths out there to try it if not the only one!