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More Pointy Things, Redux

Posted 2008.09.27 0.00 in Swords by Stephanie

Well I finished the scabards/sheaths for my two little knives, and I’m fairly happy with them.

The scabards start with a wood core that is hand carved to fit the blade exactly. Then leather is wrapped over the core and the knife handle, to achieve the overall shape that is desired. I use 3-4oz vegetable tanned leather. I cut it roughly to size and shape (a bit oversized) then soak it for a few minutes in hot water, pat it dry, then stretch it over the core and knife. I then do the final trimming to size, as I hand-stitch the leather closed. It’s very tight over the core, so there’s no chance of the core coming out. Then at the knife handle it’s a little less tight. The scabard is suspended by a simple leather lace / thong, that can be looped over or through a belt.

Once this is done and the leather has fully dried, I then did some carving. Admittedly it’s a bit crude and rough but this is my very first time doing leather carving. Have a look:

two knives in sheaths
The one on top has a simple knot/loop pattern that I’ve done twice. The lower one has a ‘Celtic’ knotwork pattern for the lower 3/4 of the scabard, then my “Mon” at the top.

The backs of the scabards have some Ogham runes. The one on the left reads “Blessed Be” and the one on the right reads “Stephanie Made Me”. At least, I think that’s what they say!
two knives in sheaths

Finally, here’s a pic of the two knives next to their respective sheaths. One curious thing – I made both of these scabards at the same time, and they were supposed to be ‘identical’ in overall design. Yet, one of them came out ‘backwards’… Somehow, every step of the way, was mirrored. The stitching, attaching the belt suspension… it all ended up the wrong way round. Ah well – it’s interesting! 🙂

Two knives and their scabards

More Pointy Things

Posted 2008.09.25 0.00 in Swords by Stephanie

After the dissapointment with the sword project, I decided to return to stuff I knew and make some knives. I had a few unfinished blades laying around the house (well, after all, who doesn’t?) so I picked a couple of the smaller ones.

The swordy knowledge has also included a lot of related information, including knives and daggers. I don’t have any daggers in my collection (yet) but had been learning about the kinds of knives might be appropriate for different classes in various times in history.

I decided I wanted to make some ‘general purpose’ knives that might be appropriate for lower classes, in the early middle ages. Please note, that although I might sound like I know what I’m doing and talking about, this is not necessarily the case.

Anyhow, so most peasants would have one knife that would serve them for everything. A general purpose knife, that was for eating, working, utility stuff, whatever. It would not be fancy, and would not be made of expensive materials.

My two small knife blades were each about 3 inches long, with long tangs. One was definately carbon steel, the other seems too shiney, but I don’t know what kind it is. Both are razor sharp, flat-ground. The carbon steel one was labeled as being hardened to 52 on the Rockwell C scale.

It took only one evening to rough out the two handles, a second evening to finish shaping both handles, and a third evening to finish and stain both handles. Finishing included a brass ‘pommel plate’ on each one. The carbon steel blade had a tang that was too hard to peen, so I cut it off about 1/4″ shy of the end of the handle. It is held in the handle by friction and a few drops of glue. The ‘pommel plate’ is held in place by a drop of glue, and two small brass nails.

The second blade had both a rivet hole and a peenable tang, so I did both — installed a brass rivet, then peened the tang over the brass ‘pommel plate’.

Tonight, I am working on scabards for the two of them. I’ve already made wood cores for the scabards; that took only one evening to carve, glue, and finish the two cores. Tonight I’m stitching veg-tanned leather over the cores, and adding leather thongs. I might try some simple scabard decorations, as such would not be inappropriate for what I am trying to reproduce. When the scabards are finished, I’ll post more pics.

2 knives
In the above picture, the top knife is the one with the carbon steel blade, the lower knife is the one with the shiny blade. As you can see, both blades are about 3 inches long, both handles roughly 3 1/2″ long. The carbon steel bade is a bit wider, the shiny blade is a bit skinnier. Both handles are made of a dark wood, I don’tk now what it is — just something I had laying around the house. The handles are sealed with Tung Oil, my favorite wood finishing product.

2 knives
Another view of the knives, closeup of the two blades. You can see I have not included bolsters in the construction, nor are there guards of any kind. These knives are designed for doing cutting, and that’s it. Not fighting or stabbing.

Finally, a closeup view of the ‘pommel plates’ of the two knives. You can see the two nails on the first knife and the peened tang of the second.

Home made knives

Get Frosted!

Posted 2008.09.17 0.00 in Family/Friends by Stephanie

Cakes, cheesecakes, cookies, cupcakes.

They are freaking awesome.

Made by my sister.

Better than Duff.

Go. Look. Gallery. Drool.

Get Frosted!

Get Frosted!

Go Buy A Cake!

Posted 2006.11.24 1.00 in Family/Friends by Stephanie

Or a cheesecake. Seriously. No, go do it now! I’ll wait.

Indulge yourself, I say!

How’s this sound? Chocolate cookie crumb base. Grand Marnier infused cheesecake. Mandarin orange slices. Chocolate drizzle. Decadent enough? Mouth watering? It’s what I’m having for dessert right now. You could have it too, just click the link below.

No? Not into chocolate / orange? Ok how about chocolate cookie crumb base, chocolate / Baileys Irish Cream infused cheesecake, cherry topping, and chocolate/Baileys icing? Yeah, that’s right. It’s every bit as good as it sounds.

Cheesecake Decadence
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Get Frosted!

Posted 2006.09.28 0.00 in Family/Friends by Stephanie

So my sister Leanne is an amazing baker. She makes cakes, cookies, cheesecakes, all kinds of great stuff, and she’s incredibly talented at it. I mean, have a look at this:

Spaghetti Cake   Cheesecake

No, that first one’s not a bowl of pasta — that’s a cake! A Cake! The noodles are icing, the sauce is some kind of sweet tasty goodness and the meatballs are I-dont-know-what, but it’s a freaking cake! Like, a work of art! And the cheesecake – it’s just brilliant! Look at it!

She’s been baking amazing stuff like this for years now, but just in the last couple months she has started up her own business. If you’re in the Dufferin, Grey, or Peel counties of Ontario and want a freaking amazing cake, cheesecake, or cookies, for your special occasion, get in touch with Leanne!

Ok, her website isn’t completely done yet, but we’re working on it. I’ll post another link when her site is all done, but in the mean time – check out her site, have a look at her gallery, and Get Frosted!

Get Frosted!