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Scabbard Core Services

Postby Greg » Sun Aug 09, 2015 8:54 pm

Greetings!

As many of you have seen, I've taken on scabbard core carving as a bit of a hobby within this hobby. My two most recent projects were cores for my Camp-Seax (made by forum member Odigan, shown pre-sanding) and a full-length core for fellow forumite Manveruon's Type XII (by Yeshua's Sword), both seen below.

I'm now offering this as a first-come, first-served service exclusively for Middle Earth Ranger Forum members. These cores will all be hand-carved, inside and out, as have been my previous pieces of work. Neither of these cores ever came in contact with a bandsaw or belt sander...all interior work was done with hand-gouges, the shape of Manveruon's scabbard throat was done with hand files, and the exterior shaping and profiles were all sculpted with a hand plane and finished with sandpaper, again, all by hand. I can fit your tip to a chape if you already have one, which I did on Manveruon's blade as well. I work exclusively with Poplar for these, unless you make a specific request (and have a darned good reason for it). Poplar is extremely lightweight for how strong it is, yet is easy enough to work with to still justify my low pricing system.

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Trick is, you aren't going to pay insane handcraft prices. I'll quote all requests on an individual basis, but you can expect it to be affordable. To carve the scabbard I made for my Camp-Seax, I would have charged $40, and for an arming sword such as Manveruon's Type XII, $75-80, based on length and sppine thickness. Christian Fletcher charges a flat $100 minimum for a scabbard core, and I believe he uses a Mill and/or numerous power tools. In short, I'm doing what I can to help you get your hands on a quality core you can build your dream scabbard on, carved and fitted with 100% authentic elbow-grease, without killing your paycheck.

Looking forward to working with you; PM me with a few photos of your blade, and we'll talk.
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Re: Scabbard Core Services

Postby Manveruon » Sun Aug 09, 2015 10:25 pm

I can attest to the excellent quality of Greg's scabbard work! I was extremely pleased with mine, and you can see my review of his excellent work in my scabbard-build post, as well as a few more pictures of the core-building process:

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Re: Scabbard Core Services

Postby Manveruon » Sun Aug 09, 2015 10:29 pm

That said, now that I know what pains you went to in order to keep all labor on these projects to a 100% hand-made standard, I feel pretty bad about using an electric sander to smooth out one spot on mine, heh. Feels like I sort of defiled it, in a way. Sorry man! But honestly, I'm thoroughly impressed at your dedication here! I had no idea how you did the throat portion of my core, and looking at how beautifully it fits, I'm pretty blown away.
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Re: Scabbard Core Services

Postby Eric C » Mon Aug 10, 2015 12:43 am

Very nice work there! Another thing about poplar - which I think you know - is that, as I have been told, it isn't corrosive to the steel weapon held within. Good scabbard choice.
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Re: Scabbard Core Services

Postby Eledhwen » Mon Aug 10, 2015 2:36 pm

Excellent!

I may have something for you; a core for the DelTin Glamdring. ;)

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Re: Scabbard Core Services

Postby Greg » Tue Aug 11, 2015 1:57 am

I'd be honored!

FYI, I forgot to mention...the handcrafted nature and custom-fitting of these cores DOES require you to send the blade to me for the building process. That's why I'm only offering this to forum members...I have a reputation established with you all here already, and feel that asking others to send me their blades is just a bad idea short of this turning into an actual business, which it won't.

To that end, since it's all for in-house folks here and we have such a variety of talent, I'll also consider trades.
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Re: Scabbard Core Services

Postby mcapanelli » Fri Aug 19, 2016 1:42 am

Would you do a complete scabbard?
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Re: Scabbard Core Services

Postby Greg » Fri Aug 19, 2016 3:42 am

How complete are we talking, and what kind of detail?

As for a yes or no...I'm not Christian Fletcher.

...BUT.

Bring it on!
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Re: Scabbard Core Services

Postby mcapanelli » Mon Aug 22, 2016 11:09 pm

Greg wrote:How complete are we talking, and what kind of detail?

As for a yes or no...I'm not Christian Fletcher.

...BUT.

Bring it on!


Well, we'd be talking basic leather covered scabbard, an integrated belt, and maybe a u shaped Chape? Nothing fancy, more utilitarian than anything. I also don't really have a time frame so I'd be in no rush to get it.
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Re: Scabbard Core Services

Postby Greg » Mon Aug 22, 2016 11:31 pm

Doable! Check your facebook messages.
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