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francantolin 27th May 2021 08:03 PM

Gurade sword with nice french blade
 
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Hello dear members,

I wanted to share with you the pictures of this ethiopian gurade sword,
made with a french blade,
Manufacture Impériale de Chatellerault 1856 Cavallerie mod 1829,

the blade was rusty/ almost black,
I cleaned it/ sand it a little it , a nice pattern ''came out'',
I haven't seen a lot of european military blades with this kind of damas steel,
not usual !
am I right ?

Gonzoadler 27th May 2021 08:20 PM

Hello,

I'm not sure if it is damascus, I think the steel is just folded for refinement.
The hilt is made of rhino horn.
Good sword.

Regards
Robin

David R 27th May 2021 09:04 PM

Until "fluid cast steel" became common, most if not all blade making involved a certain amount of folding and hammering. Shear steel was a the norm for a decent blade for a very long time. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dict...Dshear%20steel

Will M 28th May 2021 01:41 AM

The odd appearance of the blade surface is from corrosion. Water trapped with the blade in a scabbard does exactly this. It can become fairly deep and you will continue to see it even after later use without a scabbard. Originally the blade was polished and water would puddle making this type of pattern for lack of a better term . These French blades are not folded steel.

Duccio 28th May 2021 09:15 AM

The blade is certainly very beautiful and interesting, but I like to emphasize the beauty of the hilt and the fact that it is in perfect condition, which happens very rarely!
Congratulations, a truly beautiful object.

francantolin 28th May 2021 10:12 AM

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Hello,

Thank you all for your messages,
I'm not sure about damascus but I don't think humidity and water can make this ''pattern'' so deeply ''engraved'' in the blade,
I sanded it ( 400 and 600 grain ) and it's still like that
as David said I think it has a high carbon amount and was folded and hammered many times.

For the hilt, a nice surprise, ( with a nice knob)
a chief leader sword ?

Kind regards

Iain 28th May 2021 12:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by francantolin (Post 263026)
Hello,

Thank you all for your messages,
I'm not sure about damascus but I don't think humidity and water can make this ''pattern'' so deeply ''engraved'' in the blade,
I sanded it ( 400 and 600 grain ) and it's still like that
as David said I think it has a high carbon amount and was folded and hammered many times

Kind regards

Water can and does make this sort of corrosion, seen it many times from storage in poor conditions in leather scabbards.

A nice sword though!

Kubur 29th May 2021 06:58 AM

No this blade is not damascus... Well you have a beautifull 19th c French blade and a terrific rhino hilt, what do you want more?
I wish to have the same.
:):):):)

francantolin 29th May 2021 07:26 AM

Just for share,
and for knowledge :)

THANK YOU !


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