Posts Tagged ‘Simple’

What can you do with no artistic talent, and a steel blank?

Monday, January 4th, 2010

That is the question of the day. An artist might say ” Make art.”  A carpenter might say, “Make tools.”  A metalworker might say “Lets build something!” A sword smith would say… well, you ca probably guess what a sword smith would say.  But today I ran across an interesting blade, that seemed to be what a person would make if they knew they liked sharp edges, had a large steel blank, but just didn’t know what to make:

Hand Forged Crude Jungle Machete

Hand Forged Crude Jungle Machete

Yep. That’s pretty much it.  Here’s how it was probably made. They took a steel blank, and hammered it into a rough, long strip. Then… they sat back and had a beer. That’s it. Yeah. OK, ok, so they probably heat treated/tempered it and as well. But beyond that, wrapping some cordage around the “grip” end of this piece of steel, and grinding a basic edge on it, that was probably pretty much the whole enchilada for this thing.

Hand Forged Crude Jungle Machete - edge

Hand Forged Crude Jungle Machete - edge

And look at that curved concave tip. What’s up with that? That is about the only aesthetic bit on this blade. I like simplicity and all, but I do have a limit. It’s a pretty high limit, but this thing just kinda tippy-toed over that line… If only just a little. Really, I don’t even know why they bothered with a sheath. It’s not like this blade needs protection from anything.

Maybe it’s to protect the other swords from having to be seen with this one. Not that any sword, (or human for that matter) should judge a book by it’s cover or anything, but you know how some of these high end blades get.

Steel can be so cruel… 0_o

Hand Forged Crude Jungle Machete – [Amazon.com]

Back to Basics…

Friday, July 17th, 2009

It’s been a while since i’ve posted anything about a simple sword, so when I ran across this one, it said to me: “Phyre… It is time.”

Death Talon Ryu Ninja Katana

Death Talon Ryu Ninja Katana

This is the Death Talon Katana. Really nothing fancy. All understated, a few nice simple styling cues. Otherwise all business. And that’s what I like about it.

The blade is your regular Japanese Katana fare, long, curved, single edged, with a rather unusually smooth curve to the kissaki. AND, unlike many of the other abominations I’ve blogged about in the past, this one has a nice, simple fuller. No pointless cutouts, no cross drilling, no slots, just a nice, well designed blade.

The habaki, and tsuba are both finished in flat black, the small tsuba sporting a single, simple, upward curving black talon. My kind of simplicity in design. The tsuka is equally simply finished, with a simple black cord wrap. Interestingly, the grip does not carry the traditional Japanese tsuka-maki, or grip cross wrapping, opting instead for a simple spiral cord wrap. But it fits the simplicity of the swords design well. The pommel of the sword is capped with an equally flat black kashira.

Death Talon Ryu Ninja Katana - Sword Detail

Death Talon Ryu Ninja Katana - Sword Detail

The top and the bottom of the Satin black saya are also simply decorated with an open delta, and the saya itself is attached to a Blade style back carry strap system. Pretty cool. Even the name, while a bit ambitious, is not actually misleading either. A ninja, might, in fact use a Katana like this.

All in all, a simple, no muss, no fuss, no nonsense design.

Me llikey.

Death Talon Ryu Ninja Katana – [True Swords]

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