DISCLAIMERS (and transparency on how I keep my prices lower)
- I need the sword in hand, which means that you need to not only pay to ship it, but to pay for the insurance. Likewise, I will charge you for shipping + insurance, and can’t be held responsible for the negligence of the mail carrier (I typically use UPS).
- Although I think my scabbards are very good, the construction isn’t the same level of precision of higher end craftsmen (Like Christian Fletcher or DBK). I’m priced accordingly. I use hand tools, and you will see irregularities and wavy lines. I personally like the handmade look, but you just need to know what to expect before hand.
- I use the “sandwich” method of forming two thin slats of wood around the blade, and then I also wrap them in linen and adhesive for extra strength before covering it with leather. Many other makers hand chisel the cores. I can do this, but it is much more time consuming and therefore I will have to charge you more. Chiseling has the potential to be stronger (but only if done well); My method is still very strong. Again, know what to expect ahead of time.
- My leather covers are glued on rather than stitched.
- At the moment, I don’t do curved swords. I have too much trouble getting them to fit right, and until I get better, I won’t be taking your money for them.
- Prices below are guidelines, not final. When you contact me, give me a basic idea of what you’re after, and we’ll talk about details and decorations first, and I’ll give you a quote. I’ll do a sketch for your approval. You don’t pay me until I’m done (although I’ll technically be hanging onto your expensive sword as collateral in the meantime…)
Prices below don’t reflect shipping/insurance, nor do they include the cost of any third party items (e.g. chapes and bucklers). I charge you exactly what I pay for them.
-Basic, poplar core, leather wrapped scabbard, dyed to the color of your choice: $300 (possibly a little more if there’s something unusual about your blade shape that causes me extra work)
-Tooled and decorated leather: depends on the level of complexity, but most of the examples on my site would be an additional $275ish. Very simple patterns could be less, and very complex ones would be more.
-Basic belt rig: additional $125 plus the cost of any additional hardware beyond a basic buckle (I can help you decide on the hardware)
-Fancy decorated belt rig: additional $225 plus the cost of any additional hardware beyond a basic buckle (I can help you decide on any hardware)
-Integral 13th/14th century style belt rig: +$225 + cost of any additional hardware beyond a basic buckle (I can help you decide on any hardware)
So for example, a basic scabbard is $300, but if you wanted a chape from a third party vendor that cost $100, then the total would be $400. If you wanted $275 worth of tooling and decoration, it would then be $675, etc.