E A R L I E R - W O R K S
Wings

This is the first blade in which I carved a fuller. The fuller, frequently called the 'blood channel' is that channel which runs from the cross-guard towards the point along the flat surface of the blade. It was designed to lighten and strengthen the blade, it had nothing to do with blood. Blades of this length, 34 inches, just slightly longer than average, placed them in the long sword or war sword category. They could, consequently, be used by a knight on horseback giving the rider that much needed extra reach.

Specifications:

blade type; double edge, with fuller
blade length; 87 cm., 34 inches
overall length; 110 cm., 43 inches

Woods used:

blade; totara
cross-guard; rimu (sapwood)
pommel; rimu (heartwood)