Well, we dinna get dressed up for nothin’…
The fourth in my sword series, a fullsize claymore. It’s decorated with clan imagery engraves and inlay. Quarantine necessitates that I use a different international unit of measure as bananas are hard to come by. I submit the humble chicken egg as an alternative.
Blade - 1/8” Baltic birch plywood (3layers)
Handle - figured black walnut (from Kim Oberlin)
Pommel and crossguard embellishment - Yellowheart
Inlay - redheart
Finished with hand rubbed satin polyurethane. Overall length end to end is approximately 52”. It’s big.
What’s to say here? Work carefully and take your time shaping and sanding the handle. It’ll pay off. You can’t help but ooh and aah when you pick this thing up.
Oh one note about the quillion/crossguard details. I sanded the ends of the crossguard to taper a bit. The overall effect really lends some refinement, but the really cool part to me is the interesting round “topographic” lines of the layers of the ply. Sanded to high polish, Baltic birch glows and has significant chatoyancy. The end effect is lovely in person, and the shapes of the visible layers make it easy to ensure that your taper is even and smooth.