Every sword I make is a unique one of a kind artifact. I am reluctant to make the same sword twice, but it can be rewarding to return to a theme several times to explore it further. One of these themes in the Vorpal Sword from Alice Through the Looking Glass: the sword that is used by the young hero to defeat the Jabberwocky. I find this motif fascinating and make new interpretations of the Vorpal Sword from time to time. I also find the idea of exploring the swords as an expression of a timeless craft to be an inspiring challenge. It is a way to gain a new perspective on both practical aspects of the craft as well as ideas about symbols and ideas relating to the sword.
Regardless if I make a faithful reconstruction of a specific original, a sword out of myth or a design of timeless nature, its function and character will always be true to the tradition of the european sword.
Below are examples of both previous work and new pieces that are available for sale.
In general my prices range from around 4.500 to 6.500 euro (including VAT), but the price may also vary below or above this depending on complexity of the project and the cost of materials. I most often make swords that are sold on available-now basis, but at times I accept commissions.
If you have something special in mind, please do not hesitate to send me an email.
A long thrusting sword known as a “Tuck” or “Estoc” of a type that was used in the 15th and 16th centuries. This sword is made in a style that can be identified as of German origin made sometime in the early 16th century. The long slim but sturdy blade is thick in cross section with hollow ground edge bevels. It is specialized for thrusting techniques and has a quick and nimble balance. It is the weapon for an expert […]Read More
A sword of a kind known as Sempach type and classified as type XVII by Oakeshott. These weapons belong to the late 14th century and the early 15th century. Many of these swords tend to be thrust oriented but some have a cross section making for a good combination of thrusting and cutting. My interpretation of this kind of sword is based on impressions of several originals. It was completed for the Messer Macher Messe in Solingen 2007. Photos […]Read More
A knightly sword with an unusual combination of blade and hilt. In general style it might be classified as a late 12th or 13th century sword, but its blade could have belonged to a sword from a bygone age. Oakeshott type X blades were typical for the viking period but did see some continued use into the high medieval period. Photos by Lutz Hoffmeister [nggallery id=11]Read More
This sword is based on a find from the bank of river Fyris in central Uppsala. In 1896 during construction work on the harbor dock below the rapids at “Islandsfallet”, three medieval swords were found. One of these (with inventory number B72, kept in the archaeological collection of Uppsala University) is the basis for my reconstruction. It is a large weapon with an unusually broad blade (some 72 mm wide below the guard). Because it lacks a part of the blade it […]Read More
A saber of a type that was used in the 10th and 11th centuries. It is one of the earliest designs of the single edged curved blade that was in use in eastern europe. When my viking ancestors rowed upon the russian rivers to reach Kiev and Constantinople, warriors on horseback sat looking at them from the banks of the river armed with swords of this type. Although of a historical type and made to be faithful to original weapons in […]Read More
An exact replica of one of the swords from the Castillion find. The original belongs to the Royal Armouries in Leeds and is presently on loan to the Frazier Arms Museum in Louisville, Kentucky (IX.3683). This was one of the first swords I had the privilege to document at the Royal Armouries. It is not very long on the blade, but massive, powerful and very well balanced. The whole sword has a feeling of sturdiness to it and is very […]Read More
Ceremonial sword for a fraternal organization. Patterned after the classic shape of 13th century swords of war, it incorporates materials that express a timeless character. The design was developed to incorporate symbolic meaning, not only in the decorations and engraved texts, but also in its proportions of the sword. The finials of the guard are sculpted and cast by cire perdue process in solid silver. Blade, guard and pommel are forged in random patterned laminated steel in several hundred layers. […]Read More
The Vorpal Sword was made for the Masters of Fire exhibition in Macao 2007. At the time I was particularly fascinated by large but compact and wide bladed long swords, such as the XVIIIc swords of the Alexandria group. The intention was to make a sword that clearly belonged to the European tradition, but at the same time incorporated something slightly out of scale and fantastic. I have always loved the poem Jabberwocky from Alice Through the Looking Glass by Lewis […]Read More
A sword made in 2006 based on those wide bladed type XVIIIc swords that come from the armoury in Alexandria. Clive Thomas has written several very good articles about the European medieval swords from the Alexandria arsenal. There are quite a few swords of this type, that belongs to this group and most share these typical proportions. Photos by Lutz Hoffmeister. [nggallery id=15]Read More
This sword is inspired by an original (inventory number KZ 6033) kept in the Landesmuseum in Zürich, dated to around AD 1480. The blade is a long and light and balanced to be a quick and nimble weapon with the forward pivot point close to the point, as is common for swords of this type. Photos by Lutz Hoffmeister [nggallery id=14]Read More