Here the link for an article about the replica of the Grandmaster Jean De Vallette sword I made for the Malta Historical Fencing Association. In the article also a brief introduction to this great Maltese hero.
Wow, excellent work making such a very important reproduction! You certainly seem to be the person they would want for great task like that and it seems like they're pretty damn excited about your product.
There are mentions of a slight difference in the thickness and the weight between the original and your reproduction. Can you give us a little more detail as to what that is? Did it bother you to make these changes? Having made that mistake before calling a side/back sword a rapier, I don't think I could figure it out on my own.
Well I've been in contact with those guys for a few years now, so I kinda had a preferential link to them.
The differences with the original are regarding the fact that a training version must be blunt and that means thicker edges and tip, so it didn't bother me because I prefer my weapons to be as safe as possible and the weight difference is mostly due to the fact (apart from those thicker edges) that the original blade through years of slowly rusting away is now very thin and couldn't handle a fight in my opinion. There's always this problem in copying the originals, some customer understand it some other ask me to go against the laws of physics.
The sword seemed pretty well preserved. How much mass can a sword lose over a period of time? I know sword making is a game of grams, but how bad can it get?
Safety vs reality is always a problem with sword training. Then again it's probably a good thing we don't learn how to pull a sword out of a moving person. How did you decide the way the sword flexed and resisted? Do you think it's accurate to how the original was used?
There's more or less 150 grams difference with the original. A good 50 are for the thicker edges, another 50 to balance the added weight and the remaining are 50 because of the material loss (mostly on the blade). And 150 grams is quite a lot for a single handed sword. I decide the flex based on experience, both as swordmaker and as HEMA practitioner, for swords like this one I try to keep the "forte" quite stiff and let the flex start on the "medium" and get stronger towards the "foible", so it doesn't wobble, it's strong fo parring heavy blows and it's safe to not break ribs so easily. About the use of it now is in the hands of the guys in Malta, but I know them quite well and I'm sure that they'll use a good system for it. There're a lot of treatises so it's not too difficult to use the correct techniques.