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Title: My type G from Neil


Jeroen Zuiderwijk - September 25, 2008 07:28 AM (GMT)
Here's my type G from Neil Burridge, which I got at the Bronze Sword Festival. Stats:

Length: 63.5cm
POB (from shoulders hilt): 13cm
Weight: 583gram

It's a very light sword. I never liked these at first, because they look so odd. But when I held one the previous festival, that converted me and I knew I had to get one :)

Jeroen Zuiderwijk - September 25, 2008 07:30 AM (GMT)
And a close-up.

It will probably take some time before I start on it. I first have to get some material for the hilt as well (thinking olive wood).

Matthew Amt - September 25, 2008 02:06 PM (GMT)
Congrats! Looks a lot like mine--I've *started* cleaning mine up, but it got buried on my workbench... Yeah, I used olive wood on my Naue II, but I have ebony (African blackwood) for the type G.

One question is whether to do the pommel flat, no thicker than the grip, or discoidal. They were done both ways. Might depend on the wood!

Have fun!

Matthew

Jeroen Zuiderwijk - September 26, 2008 07:17 AM (GMT)
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Congrats!  Looks a lot like mine--I've *started* cleaning mine up, but it got buried on my workbench...  Yeah, I used olive wood on my Naue II, but I have ebony (African blackwood) for the type G.

I quite like the look of olive wood, and have been looking for an excuse to use it on anything. So this is as good an opportunity as anything:)

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    One question is whether to do the pommel flat, no thicker than the grip, or discoidal.  They were done both ways.  Might depend on the wood!

I'll do mine discoidal, just like your "biter":) It would make it fit in the hand so much nicer I'd think.

Sean Manning - September 27, 2008 02:11 AM (GMT)
Very nice! Are these the ones that go alongside the type C? "rapiers"? It seems like it would be good for nasty stabs and light, quick cuts.

Brock H - September 27, 2008 03:16 PM (GMT)
Type Ds are the ones that go with Cs. However, the idea of a shorter sword as represented by the Ds no doubt lead to the Gs.

Eric L. - October 1, 2008 09:40 PM (GMT)
I love the type G

Jeroen Zuiderwijk - May 22, 2009 02:05 PM (GMT)
And I just got around to finish my type G. The hilt is made from olive wood. As some of the hilts have space between the pommel halves and hilt plates, I inserted bone rings, which copy the rings between the grip and pommel on other swords. The combination turned out gorgeous :)

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Matthew Amt - May 22, 2009 02:23 PM (GMT)
GAAAA.... Slobber, drool! You got yours done first, you dog! And it looks SO Much better than anything I'll be able to do! I HAVE been working on mine, little by little, in between other projects, but it's not there yet. Geez, that polish--I can't even *reach* the bits where the guard meets the sides of the grip, so getting a mirror polish all over, geez... And I can NEVER get all my sanding marks out, gaaaahh!

Incredible work, and beautiful sword. I hate you.

Matthew

PS: Wait till I get my new HELMET done this weekend, you'll be sorry!

Jeroen Zuiderwijk - May 22, 2009 09:10 PM (GMT)
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GAAAA....  Slobber, drool!  You got yours done first, you dog!
I had it sitting ready for several months, aside from the final polish and assembly, but only got around to do it today. I'm in the process of mounting my swords on the wall, so it's a good reason to get some swords finished :)

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And it looks SO Much better than anything I'll be able to do!  I HAVE been working on mine, little by little, in between other projects, but it's not there yet.  Geez, that polish--I can't even *reach* the bits where the guard meets the sides of the grip, so getting a mirror polish all over, geez...
Fine files, sandpaper (400 to remove scratches, 600 or 800 and 1000 or 1200 for further polishing), cotton wheel+green polishing block and you get a great finish in relatively little time. I believe I got the blade done in 2 or three evenings at most, most work was the hilt parts. Mind though, there are some fairly deep scratches that I had overlooked, but they are hidden away by the polishing on the cotton wheel due to the intense shine that gives. It's that I noticed those today, or I'd have gone back and removed those scratches as well.

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PS: Wait till I get my new HELMET done this weekend, you'll be sorry!
Yes, helmets, armour, shields, I could use some of those... :)

Matthew Amt - May 23, 2009 09:33 PM (GMT)
Yeah, that's the trouble, I don't go nearly as fine with the sandpaper as I should before going to the buffer. You have inspired me to get to a hardware store to get high-grit stuff! (Probably only after groceries, mowing the lawn, finishing the trench in my lovely wife's garden...) I don't mind a few scratches here and there, but too often I get the distinctive marks of my sanding disc, and they just don't want to go away. And I try to do as much as possible with power tools, not enough by hand. (Oh, my poor arm...)

Well, congrats on a lovely piece of work!

Matthew

Workman - May 23, 2009 09:53 PM (GMT)
Splendid. An amazing work. Your skill and Neil's have made a great art piece-and raised the bar for the rest of us! The type g is such a strange looking weapon that my brother, seeing mine, assumed it was a total invention like some fantasy wall hanger. Your example is smashing.

LuciŽn Olinga - May 24, 2009 12:34 AM (GMT)
Many compliments for your craftsmanship! many ancient kings would've been delighted to have you working for them.. maybe a little faster.. but I understand you need to keep things FUN.. so.. no pressure.. ;)
I always said to myself: if something is a hobby, things take time, which is fun.. when time is starting to be an issue.. it sounds a lot like 'work'.. and work is because of the 'deathlines and stuff' a duty.. which is in most cases no fun anymore..
But once again: wonderfull work (or hobby :D), I especially like the olive wood and the bone details! :P

Greetings,

LuciŽn..

Eric L. - May 24, 2009 04:09 AM (GMT)
The finish on that is really wonderful; great craftsmanship! It's a treasure

Steve L. - May 31, 2009 10:05 AM (GMT)
Porn! B)

Todd Feinman - June 1, 2009 02:36 AM (GMT)
Wow! Beautiful work and very well finished!

Todd

Jeroen Zuiderwijk - June 23, 2009 09:07 PM (GMT)
Neil just send me a photo of the original (top one):

Eric L. - October 14, 2009 07:27 PM (GMT)
I have a question, is that raised "ridge" in the center of the handle portion of the blade there when the blade is purchased from neil? and is it something that needs to be leveled before the hilt plates are put in? Thanks!

Workman - October 14, 2009 09:09 PM (GMT)
Yes it's there and to be authentic it should go. It only took me about an hour with my dremel to grind it down, although it did eat up a few sanding sleeves. It would be a more expensive blade if Neil had to do that grinding.

Eric L. - October 15, 2009 12:07 AM (GMT)
Thanks for the info. I just ordered a type G from Neil; my first Neil blade. I'm very excited and look forward to working on it :D

Workman - October 15, 2009 03:24 AM (GMT)
You are going to be astonished to own such a thing-they are amazing. Enjoy!




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