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The sword Gramgaldur by windsormagistus The sword Gramgaldur by windsormagistus
my final masterpiece and my thesis for my artisanship, the gramgaldur,

lenght 144 cm or 56 inches,
weight 3,2 Kg or 7 lb

forged and tempered damascus blade made with 4 different tool grade steel sheets mixed with mild iron sheets (124 layers)

scabbard: birchwood with goats leather coating and cast bronze fittings

handgrip carved from 3 pieces of moose antler, separated with bronze fittings.

100% handmade

made with inspiration derived from the legendary Gram, the sword of sigurd fafnesbane, the heir of the völsungs.

yes I know vikings did not use two handed swords, there have been findings of few long bastard swords or two handed swords in from the northern europe made in the viking era and cultural region, allthough it is debated wether they were actually made by vikings or brought to the north from somewhere else and then re-decorated by their owners with nordic styles
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The sword Gramgaldur by ~windsormagistus
The suggester said: "Gramgaldur is an incredible example of the swordsmithing art. "
( Suggested by dcason and Featured by cakecrumbs )
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SelectYourself Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Student Artist
This is fantastic!!! All your work is amazing! Do you have a website?
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:iconwindsormagistus:
windsormagistus Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
well thank you :) I don't have a website yet but I've been meaning to get one, my own html and css coding skills are not sufficient enough but I have few friends who could propably make me a site.
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:iconjukkis6699:
jukkis6699 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
simply amazing
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:iconwindsormagistus:
windsormagistus Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks :)
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:iconpaladin-slim:
paladin-slim Featured By Owner Edited Dec 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is a masterpiece of swordcraft.  Period accuracy be damned. This is the kind of sword I would want to wield if I was going on a quest, I really mean that, because I like two-handers and Bastard Swords. 
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:iconwindsormagistus:
windsormagistus Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
well thank you :) and for what comes to accuracy this sword is a mix of different style that are accurate by themselves, but from different periods of time, and the question about the two-handers still hangs in the air :P
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:iconcopper9lives:
copper9lives Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Utterly phenomenal work, and craftsmanship!!! I'm astonished!
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:iconwindsormagistus:
windsormagistus Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
well thank you very much :) and thanks for the fav also :)
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:iconcopper9lives:
copper9lives Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:clap::clap::clap: Thanks for sharing the work! I'm so impressed...
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:icontaranko:
Taranko Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014
It's nice, but the hilt is too long for my taste
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:iconwindsormagistus:
windsormagistus Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
well it is a two-hander so it is supposed to be long for more leverage
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:icontaranko:
Taranko Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014
yeah, not my style, but it looks great
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:iconpolardarkness:
Polardarkness Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just stunning, with beautiful details (even on the blade). Also, the handgrip looks amazing I wish I could do that with wood;A; 
Anyway, keep it up!
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:iconwindsormagistus:
windsormagistus Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
thank you :) if your hands are healthy and you can acquire some tools then you can do that with wood ;)
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:iconpolardarkness:
Polardarkness Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
In fact, I make wood sculptures. However, I have the feeling that something like that with wood will be much more...dull
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:iconwindsormagistus:
windsormagistus Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
yeah well bone and bronze are prettier than wood ofcourse... but you can get some moose and giraffe bone online, allthough they are a lot harder material to work on
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:iconshardsofidentity:
ShardsOfIdentity Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
...Magnificent.
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:iconwindsormagistus:
windsormagistus Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks :)
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:iconnemesis-eris:
Nemesis-Eris Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
It's so beautiful... *.*
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:iconwindsormagistus:
windsormagistus Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
thank you :)
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:iconumirua:
umirua Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You've created a sword inspired out of my ancestors legends. The very blade carried by Sigurd Fafnesbane when he slew the lindworm Fafnir. Go with honor my friend
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:iconwindsormagistus:
windsormagistus Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
thank you! :)
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:iconislander-60:
Islander-60 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Two-handed or not, this is a work of great power and beauty in the Viking style... A true masterpiece!
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:iconwindsormagistus:
windsormagistus Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks :)
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:iconpentaclegram:
pentaclegram Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
Oh my god this sword gives me a hardon. Absolutely beautiful.
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:iconwindsormagistus:
windsormagistus Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
well thanks...
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:iconoverdriveprime:
OverdrivePrime Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
This is one of the most beautiful swords I've ever seen. I love the fine details you've put into it. It looks like it must absolutely sing when you swing it.
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:iconwindsormagistus:
windsormagistus Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
well thanks for the compliments :)
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:iconbjman664:
bjman664 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Student Writer
Fabulous... Simply Fabulous. My main question is this: How balanced is it? Could you use this as an actual weapon?
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:iconwindsormagistus:
windsormagistus Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
it is balanced 3,5 inches from the crossquard, it is heat treated and sharp, so yes you could definetly use it as a real waepon, alltough, how durable it is I don't know, I don't really want to test it on anything hard since it took so much work to make, so it would be a bloody shame if it would break against something like a shield buckler etc.
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:iconbjman664:
bjman664 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Student Writer
ooohh sounds nice!!!
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:iconoakmace:
Oakmace Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
by the gods how much would it cost for you to forge me a blade and how long would it take!?
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:iconwindsormagistus:
windsormagistus Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
well it would depend on what type of blade you would want, it would be something from 300 to 1000 euros, BUT, at this time Im unfortunately unable to make any forged swords since my own workshop isn't equipped with a forge at the moment, and my boss at my dayjob won't let me make any my own projects, allthough I sometimes make some small and simple thingies when my boss is not around, forging a swordblade is too big of a project to make without him knowing about it :S so unless you want to buy some shovels or other gardening tools I can't really help you at this time :<
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:icondoctorfiction:
DoctorFiction Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
That, sir, is gorgeous, and immensely impressive.
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:iconwindsormagistus:
windsormagistus Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
well thank you kind sir! and thanks for the fav. :)
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:iconakitoshen:
AkitoShen Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Looks great, kinda reminds me of a Saxon long sword, so your choice of weapon isn't too far off, I mean Saxons were found using viking axes a lot so I could believe trade of metalworking happening a lot in that time. 

I only have three questions as a sword collector...
One, how long did it take you to craft that masterpiece?
Two, why did you use Damascus as Pattern Welding was more common to the time.
Three, Do you do custom pieces. From the work I have had to before estimates are normally between £200 to £1250.
The most I have ever Paid is £950 for a reproduction Claymore made in Scotland. I was lucky enough to find metalworking site that would have made them in the 1500s still around up there. 
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:iconwindsormagistus:
windsormagistus Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
well first of all thanks :) and-

1.the making of this sword took somewhere around 2 months... with a tight schedule.

and 2. with damascus I actually refer to the pattern welded stuff, as you refer damascus with the original crubicle steel damascus I presume? (those two concepts tend to intertwine to each other since they have the same visual appearance, and they also perform pretty much the same, allthough pattern welded steel with modern materials is more durable than crubicle steel made from iron ore or scrap iron)

3. and right now I cant really do any comissions since I my dayjob takes all my time (I work as a blacksmith making gardening tools such as scythes, hoes, axes, shovels, log scissors etc.) and my cunt of a boss won't let me do any own projects (and he pays me fucking anemic salary).  but Im in the mental process of starting my own smitthy, and if/when I get it up, then I will definetly be making more swords for sale :)
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:iconakitoshen:
AkitoShen Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Sorry for the late reply, Christmas keeps me busy around this time of year.

1. Two months is a great time, did it hinder your process working on a tight schedule.

2. Pattern welded swords seem to have neater patterns than damascus. damascus steel gives a very raw look about it most of the time, both are beautiful in there own way.

3. That is unfortunate but all I can do is wish you luck with it. 
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:iconwindsormagistus:
windsormagistus Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
yeah ofcourse the result woul'dhave been much better if I had more time for the process of making it
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:iconakitoshen:
AkitoShen Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It's a real shame... I mean this one came out great, what changes would you have made if you had the time?
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:iconwindsormagistus:
windsormagistus Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
more details and better finishing quality, now it has many bothersome imperfections all over it
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:iconangelic-rhapsody:
angelic-rhapsody Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
This is a very nice sword.

I think I want it.




Jealousy.  -.-
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:iconwindsormagistus:
windsormagistus Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks, you can have it if you pay the right price
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:iconangelic-rhapsody:
angelic-rhapsody Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
Heh.  Unfortunately, 4,000 Euros is a bit more than I can afford right now.  I'll keep this corner of the internet in mind, though.
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Clooms Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nice blade! the Pommel look meager compared, sure it can hold out?
Congratulation That kind of work is realy arduous to perform.
Thank you for sharing.
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:iconwindsormagistus:
windsormagistus Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
well thanks :) the pommel is quite large to balance the large blade, as this is 1,4 meters long the handle appears thin, but its large enough
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eirik1066 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
great work, do you have a website?
dirk
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:iconwindsormagistus:
windsormagistus Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks, I dont have a website yet, but I will have soon....
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:iconkuutulensudet:
Kuutulensudet Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Aivan mielettömän hieno. Tollasen kun sais omalle seinälle roikkumaan! :D
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