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The finished sword by sgainbrachta
The finished sword
So, here it is, done. Lengths- blade is 25 1/2", and 1 3/8" wide, and made of 5160 (leaf spring) steel mono-tempered. Hilt is 11 3/8", so the overall length is 36 7/8". Weight is 2.335 pounds, and the point of balance is almst exactly 4" from the front face of the tsuba (guard).


Robert Harbin
United States
Hi there- I'm Robert, a jack-of-all-trades. I've been making items for about 30 years, from almost everything and anything. At first it was mostly models and cloth items, but eventually I moved into wood and steel.

Now, as my passion(s) include history and in particular- the periods of the late medieval, renaissance, and then the 1900's to about 1945, I've had to learn how to do lots of different things.

Currently, I make items in steel, cloth, wood and leather for reenactors. Mostly it falls into knives and water bottles and pouches, but I'm always doing something new and interesting!

Take a look- and let me know if you want me to make something for you!


Current Residence: Reno, NV, USA
deviantWEAR sizing preference: XL-tall
Favourite genre of music: Traditional, downtempo, celtic, eastern
Favourite photographer: Adams
Operating System: Windows
MP3 player of choice: none~
Personal Quote: Oh dear...
So- to any who are following me, I apologize for not posting anything for some time.

I have like... a REAL excuse.  Honest!

I have had some issues with my right arm- the shoulder and elbow, in particular.  As it turns out, I am now in physical therapy for massive swelling of my rotator cuff, and possibly a tiny tear there as well.  After a few weeks of therapy- I have my full range of motion back, but am still slightly achy- although most of the more annoying pain is now in my elbow.

I hope to get into the shop to MAKE stuff soon- I've been working on throwing away a regulation butt-ton of old stuff, clearing space so the garage can be used for a new project over this winter- the building of a tube-frame dune buggy.

I will also be making several knives and the like in the next little bit, as well as some more of that crazy Wasteland stuff.

Bestens!  And have a great Holiday season!

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CrimsonVampiress Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the visit!
Music---Junky Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:bulletblue: Hello there! I would like to invite you to check out my group, Spread--the--Art! :D

:bulletblue: We desperately need donations right now, and we are full of really great, hardworking artists, so please - if you can donate even one point, it would help so much! :heart:

:bulletblue: We would also love to have you, so please consider joining!

:bulletblue: All donations can be made to my profile, as I am the admin! :)

:bulletblue: I'm so sorry for asking, as I know some people don't like it, but I would be more than happy to spend time in your gallery and leave some feedback in return, so just let me know if you're interested in that! Thanks so much for your time! :heart: :heart: :heart:

sgainbrachta Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015
Well, I don't do points or any of that, so sorry.  Keep looking for the big break, though!
Music---Junky Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha no worries, thank you very much! :) Have a nice day! ^^
GeneralArtistSpeer Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Hello question for you... do you take orders and if so, how much for an ithilen ranger quiver and can I request a length for the quiver?
sgainbrachta Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015
Umm...  Yes...

I'd have to dig out the list of materials and all to give a price, which would be based on the specific materials you wanted, of course.  And sure- if it's a custom order, then a specific size would be fairly easy to make.  The inner bag needs to be sized to fit the arrows, in any case~

Also- the screen-correct ones are somewhat smaller, as each hold only about a dozen arrows, The pictured one holds about 2 dozen, with an overall length of about 30-31" arrows.
GeneralArtistSpeer Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
The only custom part about it for me would be the size.  Materials wise you can use the ones you used for your quiver.  My arrows are 30" in length so the bag would need to fit that.  Just please let me know if this is possible and when you are able a price.  
sgainbrachta Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
O.K.- the materials I used are long gone from Tandy, but I'm pretty sure I can find something of a similar nature, I would likely use a "blacksmith" oily side, or a kodiak~  Did you have any preferences for colors?
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GeneralArtistSpeer Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Hello Robert, first off, love your work, its incredible.  I am very fond of the Ithilien Ranger costume, which is what actually brought me to your page.  I am in the process of making my own Ithilien Ranger costume and was wondering if I could use some of your work as reference points; would this be ok to do?  I am an artist myself and I understand the process of asking the creator before using his or her own work as reference for creative purposes.  

Anyways, I love the work and I hope to see more of it.  
sgainbrachta Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
Thanks!  I'm now working on my own set, and almost finished with all the buckles and such for both sets- I needed to finish for hers and mine at the same time.

Even better than just using those pics- ask if you have any questions- my "normal" email is the same as my name here at  Do let me know who you are- and I can then give you the things I did right and the things I did wrong, as well as some source material for the proper fabrics, etc~  No need to re-invent the wheel, after all!

Finally- check this site, if you don't know of it already-…

I go by the same handle there.  Awesome stuff, such cool guys- and rangers from the movies, as well as the books, and everything in-between!
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