First sword, that is! I’ve always wanted to make a sword, and now after banging on metal for 30 years I am finally getting around to it. I wanted one for myself mostly, and finally figured out what I wanted to make and how I was going to do it. So, this one is drawn up is based off of a 16th century German sword. It is two inches longer than the one I looked at (72”). It will be 2 1/4” wide at its widest point, not counting the parry hooks. It will have a fuller, and be .300 thick at the guard, distally tapered. I’m going to be doing kind of a combination of forging and stock removal, from 5160. Fittings will be blued and heat treated 1045. Not sure on the handle material yet. I think some stag would be super cool, if I can find a piece that’s the right size. This blade was kind of interesting to look at. Typical flame blades will have the bevels follow the edge since they are ground at a constant angle. This one, the bevel was straight, and the was a steeper angle on the inside curve than the outside. I’m guessing that this will be a monster to grind.