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Gutenstein Style Sword Scabbard
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Published: April 28, 2016
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A project that occupied me a long time: The recreation of a Merovingian sword scabbard in the style of about 600 AD, after imagery from the scabbard pressblech found at Gutenstein in Germany. The wolf warrior's scabbard is depicted in detail, you can view the original image on wikipedia: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fil…

The sword for the project is a Germanic spatha featuring a replica of the famous pommel from Niederstotzingen (Grave 1, Alammanic), the steel parts of the hilt assembly are additions by the Smith though. The sword was made by Vladimir Cervenka.
As the spatha's heft is very slim in Profile, I wanted to make a scabbard that is very slim and tight to the blade. So I started on a wooden core without fur or felt inside, like the early scabbards from Nydam. Utilizing two planks of poplar with a thickness of 4-5 mm, I clamped them wet around a slender Piece of Wood and let them dry, then shaped and ground them.
The wooden core of two bend poplar boards was glued together with a surrounding layer of linen. On this strips of cord were glued according to the imagery model, the pieces of cord then sewn together at the backside. A piece of calfskin is used as outer layer.
Then the scabbard was coloured with a self-mixed stain. A chape and two borders (Randleisten) were hammered from copper alloy sheet metal; the wooden slider that is used for fastening to the baldric was carved and sanded from birchwood and treated with hot lineseed oil.
The scabbard was then attached to the sword belt according to archaeological documentation by L. Lüppes (www.academia.edu/18468185/AK_4…), using contemporary pyramidal mounts and sword belt made by craftsman Hakun Risti.

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distractthemonster's avatar
Nice! I always loved the spatha sword! to me one of the most underknown swords of all time and my personal favorite sword type's!
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Meredyth|Hobbyist General Artist
I feel similiar. Thoughwith sword types, it's hard to pick one, they are all beautiful in a way ;-)
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April-Engelmann|Professional Digital Artist
That's really cool
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Meredyth|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Ragimond|Professional Artisan Crafter
Outstanding
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Meredyth|Hobbyist General Artist
Thanx :)
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Ragimond|Professional Artisan Crafter
No problem...
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kdpxva's avatar
This is so amazing. Wow.
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Meredyth|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!
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You're very welcome!
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darkagearmoury's avatar
Simply amazing! I would love to see some close ups of the suspension.
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Meredyth|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. I have done a complete documentation of the wip on my personal facebook site - but I think it's on public view: www.facebook.com/media/set/?se…
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darkagearmoury's avatar
thank you for sharing this
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Meredyth|Hobbyist General Artist
You're most welcome.
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Iglybo's avatar
Oooo wow that is sooo cool O.o
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Meredyth|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :-)
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No problem :D
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