Blowing my own trumpet

Kahgan

Staff member
Since so many people around the interwebs are doing computer-related art/stuff, I thought I'd show something slightly different.

Behold the latest project of my magic fingers:

I didn't make the blade, it is like a couple of hundred layers of iron/steel pattern welded blade by a German/Swedish smith I know. Everything else is (hand)made by me.



 

Kahgan

Staff member
The handle is made of birch with bone spacers, the sheath is leather. It might get a bit tight sometimes, but you'd rather want that than loosing it as it's a bit expensive. Also the guy I made it for has a habit of loosing things... Either way, the leather string attached to the top lets you draw it quite easily even if it should get a bit tight.
 

Pope Viper

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That's really nice! How much does something like that run?
 

Kahgan

Staff member
Thanks for the compliments. I'm kind of doing it professionally, but not really, because I'm at university now, so I can't take so many commissions, and I have to pay taxes if I do it professionally, which sucks. It's mostly once in a while for friends, and then at special prices , of course, or sometimes I trade work. Although I would say yes if someone had a really interesting commission that would be fun for me to do.

I never counted the hours I spend on this stuff, but since I'm not yet fully satisfied with my skill level, I usually take a bit less than other people who do the same. So this one would be something like this:

Blade cost like 900 norwegian kroners = 113 eur (but that was a special price my friend got, because we know the smith)

Handle would be like 80 eur

Sheath with all the brass fittings and leather tooling would be like 120 eur.

People often think it really sucks to have to pay more for the handle and sheath than for the blade itself, but you have to realize that the blade on such a piece is not even half the work, and for a talented/skilled smith it doesn't take that long to make, where as the sheath and handle are detail work that takes many hours of work no matter how good you are. (of course it takes shorter when you get better, but then the quality also goes up)
 
Huh, about 400 USD total. Not a bad price at all for something you'd normally see at half that quality sold by a half-blind moonshiner down at the gun shows for 850.
 

Kahgan

Staff member
Yeah the price isn't really high, but when you're not really well known in this niche, you have to compete with the guys who are either importing crap from India and selling it at outrages prices, or the guys from eastern Europe who make mediocre to good stuff but also sell it for pretty low prices because they pay less for the materials and are used to crap wages. So my goal is to be as good as I can, and eventually getting known enough that I can take payed what it's worth. Until then it's just practice and living off the state :P
 
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