I made some sabers this week, because I finally got out of my rut of low motivation. I got the spurt of building out of the system. Feels good to be productive. I don't do a whole lot of canon sabers, so this was nice change. Now to start planning some other builds...
shadycanuck I cleared my backlog a while ago, I'm like a free agent. It's weird.
In order.... The etched is my favorite as I learned the most and it took me a couple of tries to get right. Then I appreciate the elegance and simplicity of the imperial knight (I've wanted one for myself for years) I took what I learned on etched one from when I tried it in acid and that led me to the finish on the kota on the switch area, emitter and pommel. I thought that was more fun than just painting it black. I like the salt water effect way more than the acid for making deep groves, acid etching I feel gives better contrast (like in the ring section of the kota, I covered that section in vinyl before acid). I had to play with it a bit before I figured it out.
Salt water is pretty easy if you use a vinyl cutter as the vinyl makes a great resist.
It was a blue Tri cree with photon blade, because I think it looks best.
Sabers I finished this week
I finished my coran horn that I have been working on for what seems like forever
I also finished up my laser etching fluid pattern saber. I have since lathed it some. I considered using the etched pattern as a resist (still might) but it pretty sturdy as it is ceramically bonded to the metal.
I'm in a 90% completion of a battle worn hand made TFU2 promo, it has some quirks, and hand welded the activation box and it is removable for dueling if I feel the need. All hand machined (except the graflex eye reproduction)
While I have a card piece, I'll likely update that too. Rgb 1" Id mostly 1.25 od except where it is 1.5 at the emitter and pommel 1.3ish at the activation box.
I'll likely update the activation box at some point, and with more motivation detail work on the pommel maybe? That level of detail and engraving might be outside of my toolset for the time being.
Rogue Five: Hi Bentley! Where y'all been?
Sept 22, 2017 14:14:13 GMT -5
Rogue Five: Sandpeople-Cool! I don't have any of the Noble Collection swords but I have a few of the United Cutlery ones and they are superb replicas as they're modeled directly from the original props. If you're interested in buying another one, I highly recommend
Sept 22, 2017 14:15:08 GMT -5
Rogue Five: Anduril. I have one and it is gorgeous and sturdily made. I believe it is a full tang sword so you could swing it around without it flying apart. Trust me, you'll feel like the King of Gondor holding this thing lol.
Sept 22, 2017 14:17:54 GMT -5
ARKM: "full tang United Cutlery" is an oxymoron.
Sept 22, 2017 15:02:54 GMT -5
ARKM: That does not mean that they aren't nice for hanging on the wall though. I have a UC Kurgan sword. I like it.
Sept 22, 2017 15:05:02 GMT -5
Rogue Five: Yeah I wouldn't go looking for a fight with any wall hanger swords lol. I think Anduril and Strider's Ranger sword are the only full tang swords in the LOTR line.
Sept 22, 2017 15:42:13 GMT -5
Rogue Five: I looked into getting a functional Anduril from a custom swordsmith but no one I found made a screen accurate one.
Sept 22, 2017 15:51:24 GMT -5
Rogue Five: That Kurgan one is nice. Sword afficianados like to dump on it because it has a two piece blade and they're right but who cares! It looks bad a**
Sept 22, 2017 16:09:42 GMT -5