bristol sword help/advice

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bristol sword help/advice

Postby celegon » Mon May 18, 2020 1:03 am

ok so, Im hoping theres a few Bristol owners here who may have some advice and thoughts

my Bristol was bought 2nd hand, it has never been used for cutting ( that I know of) when I got it the pommel was offset just enough to notice if you're really looking at it
due to my slight ocd I couldn't leave it alone so I took a rubber mallet and tapped the pommel as careful as I could, actually pretty lightly and I bent the pommel a bit too far but I got it straightened back out. its fine now and straight but im a bit bummed out, I don't think the tang should be able to be bent so easily, it kinda makes me afraid to ever do any cutting with it

it was a peened model and I cant really tell whats going on under the grip, any thoughts? thanks for reading
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Re: bristol sword help/advice

Postby Peter Remling » Mon May 18, 2020 1:36 am

As long as the peen is intact, there should be no issue. The tangs are softer toward the peen to allow the peen to take. Unless it wiggles or it looks like the pommel looks like it's moving, you're good to go. That difference you noticed most likely happened when they were setting the peen. A slight angle strike could cause what you saw.
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Re: bristol sword help/advice

Postby celegon » Fri May 22, 2020 12:47 am

hey thanks for the reply! i appreciate it.I figured it was set a bit crooked when being peened. it being able to be bent so easy just freaked me out a bit
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Re: bristol sword help/advice

Postby RangerofAngmar » Fri May 22, 2020 7:08 am

Tangs are usually left softer then the rest of the sword so that they are able to flex a little as that is where most of the stress of the sword is placed and to most common part to fail.

the offset of the pommel might have been been peened that way on purpose.

there are quite a few late 11th and 12th century swords that feature offset pommels and it is believed to help with handling the sword as the pommel is just out of the way of the palm of the hand when using an extended grip
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Re: bristol sword help/advice

Postby Manveruon » Sun May 24, 2020 11:41 pm

My own Bristol (also preened) had the same issues upon arrival. Very very slight - hardly noticeable - but I admit I was a little less than pleased. Ultimately though I opted to leave mine alone and just deal. Kind of thinking of trying to straighten it now though... hmmmm...
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Re: bristol sword help/advice

Postby celegon » Tue May 26, 2020 1:23 am

if youre slow bout it and do it just a bit at a time you shouldn't have any trouble, just don't do what I did and bend it into the opposite direction :P hows the peening look on yours? it was a bit rough on mine but im working on a way to cover it
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Re: bristol sword help/advice

Postby Manveruon » Tue May 26, 2020 6:35 pm

Good to know!
Honestly, the peening on mine is pretty clean. Nothing too fancy, but not super ugly either.

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