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Making of the Brand of the Fallen

The Brand of the Fallen was designed by Daniel Dacome from Manitoba Canada, and brought to life by the team at Blade Culture International

FORGING THE SWORD

From a technical drawing, first a wooden 3D version of the blade is hand carved to shape to get a feel of how it should be made in steel. Below is a picture of the raw 5160 spring steel blank and the wooden prototype side by side with the waves of the Flamberge/Kris blade edge hand marked on the steel sword blank.

As this one is a bit tricky, two blanks were to be made at the same time to produce one good sword. Below you can see the solid tang that runs down the length of the handle and is made as part of the blade in the same way the historical originals were.

Above you can see the lines that are used to create the flamberge/kris blade. Well, here is what it looks like all assembled.

And now a few close ups of the hilt with the hand shaped steel fittings.

From here, the basic sword itself is complete. What follows is final polishing, blackening of the blade and all components and final assembly.

Such as the leather wrap on the handle and above the guard – similar to a Scottish two handed Claymore..

Nearly there, but a bit of a set back

After several months of work, the first version of the Brand of the Fallen was considered done..

But we noted that the blade was not also blackened, and were actually in two minds about what to do about this.. After all, it looks super cool this way – but it is not to the original design.

And if we look closer, we noted one more discrepancy. The sulfur sigils were both facing the same way, though they should be facing opposite directions..

The bottom one was correct.

But not sure if you can see it or not, but the ‘top’ one (that mounts the crossguard) is also facing the pommel = it is the wrong way around..

Now all in all, these are pretty minor things in the grand scheme of things, and REALLY difficult to fix by the stage (the sword has to be disassembled completely, re-polished, re-tempered, everything re-wrapped – basically, almost as much work to make it to this stage in the first place!).

But while the naked steel blade looks cool like this, we had to be true to the original design. So the forge have had to more or less start again on this one, though the good news is that it should be finished in April 2018.

We will keep you posted.

April 2018

It took some time, but the fittings have been remade – next up, the blackening of the blade and the engravings put on the right way around..

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