I have spent the whole day cutting and piercing the hilt scroll work.  I have about a third of it done.  I am worn out!  I haven’t ever done pierce work on this scale, so I guess I didn’t really know what to expect.  I have broken more than a dozen blades in my quest.  My hands actually hurt.  Well, my left one more so than the right one.  I hold the piece of brass down with my left hand and manipulate it as well.  I definitely have my work cut out for me.