Thanks hadley! I always look forward to updating it. I'm just sorry that it's maddeningly infrequent.
Frieden gibt es nicht, nur Leidenschaft.
Durch Leidenschaft erlange ich Stärke.
Durch Stärke erlange ich Macht.
Durch Macht erlange ich den Sieg.
Durch den Sieg zerbersten meine Ketten.
...Die Macht wird mich befreien.
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neat but really surprised its taken this long to finish..Im the kind of guy that when I start something I lose sleep until its done..
Yeah, I know, it's been VERY slow going. I used to be more like that, lol. It really comes down to work and family coming first. I could honestly carve out more time, but mainly at the expense of family. My kids are 1 and 4 and I'm still soaking in every second that I can while they're at this golden age. After they go down, I spend time with my wife and then it's time to go to bed and do it all again. When I do get to work on it, it always seems like I've been re-doing the same parts over and over to get them the way I want them. I'm going to just have to forego some sleep though, because I really want to get done!
Thanks for the comments guys!
An update, finally! It was finally time to join the two halves and finish the cutting edge. The edges weren't exactly even any longer just due to all the shaping. I had a couple more blanks already cut from when I originally planned on making all four "quadrants", for lack of a better word, rather than just make two and mold them. I clamped the pieces to one of the blanks so I'd have a template to build up both sides to. Some refinement would still be needed, but it would get me pretty close.
Some parts were closer than others:
I used Apoxie Sculpt to build up to the edge:
Again, there was some refinement afterwards, but not much. The halves are now joined, cleaned up the lines and it's FINALLY time to move on to hilt. I wasn't happy with the space between the wide part of the blade and the closest part of the cross guard, so I added in a couple of strips of masonite to space them out more.
I'm working on building the cross guard thickness with Apoxie Sculpt, blending etc., now. I hope to have some more updates soon. I don't expect this part to take as long, but we'll see. I've actually gotten a little further than these pics, but they're all I have for the moment.
Thanks again for the kind words everyone!