Witchking Sword Enhancment?

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  1. Galenas

    Galenas New Member

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    I've had the burning desire to make my Witchking sword more knarly. For those of you who haven't seen UC sword, the blade is darkened and sort of pitted.
    I have a grinder. I was thinking of taking that straight edge and putting some irregular curves here and there to give it a more sinister look.
    I hesitate because I think because under the darkened finish I will find bright steel and that won't look right.
    What do you think?

    Galenas
     
  2. NCO MOS18B

    NCO MOS18B Better than you.

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    I dunno, but I'd like to do that with my own Witchking, so tell me what happens if you do it.
     
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    Is there an acid or something that can make it look more pitted and worn but not totally destroy the metal?
     
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    Mububban Administrator Staff Member

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    I believe the aged look of the UC Witchking and Ringwraith swords was simply done by acid etching. If you grind back you will definitely find bright stainless steel underneath!

    However, if you grind bits, all you should have to do is simply apply more acid to the shiny bits.

    BUT before you do anything like that, find someone who knows what to use and how to use it, otherwise acid fumes and acid on skin can be VERY nasty. But with the right advice and know-how, I can't see why you can't replicate the finish done by UC.
     
  5. Skyanide

    Skyanide The Big Meanie Staff Member

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    I hate to see someone deface a work of art, because I really like the sword, but to each their own.

    Good Luck...
     
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    Skyanide The Big Meanie Staff Member

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    I think the Mona Lisa would look good with a set of "Double D's" but I wouldn't go to the Louvre and paint them on her.

    Not that these swords are exactly comparable to the Mona Lisa, but they are artwork.

    I guess it's a subjective thing, I like them the way they are.
    They're replicas of the props. I've seen the props, in person. The replicas are pretty close.

    But to each their own...
     
  8. NCO MOS18B

    NCO MOS18B Better than you.

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    All kropserkel did was let the thing rust.. I doubt that would be very hard.
     
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    The originals are artwork, the replicas are mass produced copies.

    Anyhoo, I'd like to see the effects of immersing a witchking blade and hilt in a mild acid for a while.

    Here is a shot of the rough edges that were mentioned. Much better looking than the replicas!
     
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    NCO MOS18B Better than you.

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    You can do rough edges yourself... just hit them with something. That's what I did, and it DOES look a lot better.

    And am I the only one who would love to see the Wraith short-sword made?
     
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    Nope! I'd like to see it as well as the Morgul knife.
     
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    Witchking Undead Ringer

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    Here's a pic of a blade that has been aged in the Nazgul stylee.

    PM me if you want to know where it came from!
     

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    well, letting a sword made of stainless steel rust isn`t that easy i think ... ;)
     
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    Me too.
     
  15. Galenas

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    So many good ideas. I don't know anything acids, but I've purchased custom fireplace tools from a local forge. I'll bet the guy there could give me some tips.
    I'll let you know if I get brave enough to try something daring. I just love that really scruffy look from the movie. What was scarier than the blades, held horizontally, walking through the Pony on the way to the hobbit room?
    Galenas
     
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    I'm with you on that one. :draught:
     
  17. finrod

    finrod Born to woe.

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    personally I would never do any personal jobs on the UC movie
    swords because I think they are perfect in their own right and
    I totally agree with skyanide about them being works of art and somehow it doesn't feel right to me to alter them into a form they weren't made to have.
    Just to be clear: I do not say it is wrong, I am just saying I would never do such a thing but, as skyanide said: to each his own.