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-Saxes & Viking Styles-

The 'Sax,' 'Seax,' or 'Scramaseax,' are single-edged blades that existed roughly from the Migration Era through the Viking Age.

These are not meant to be reproductional, but inspirational pieces of history.

Here are some in-progress shots of a Migration Era sword-length sax.







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'Urnes Styled Sax'

Right side of blade
Left side of blade
The handle
The pommel

Blade 10"; Handle 4.5"

Inspired by the Urnes Viking style of artwork, this piece has some design ideas I've seen on various objects, but not specifically on a knife sheath. But that's just what I do- create things that could have been, and should have been. The blade has two interrupted twist bars for the spine and a high layer laminate for the edge. The handle is oosic.







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'Oosic War Knife'



The knife
The other side
Close-up of the handle

Blade 18"; Handle 5"

This style of knife was commonly traded in Birka, and thought to come from the Eastern Baltic. Although most were not pattern welded, there appear to be a few examples. The steel is my pattern-welded 15N20 / 1074 with about 48 laters creating nice texture. The brass/bronze is a zinc / copper alloy just about 10% zinc shy of some documented examples. A really nice oosic specimen forms a perfect handle.



'Pattern Welded Oosic War-Knife'



Reverse side
Sheathed
Close-up of the blade tip
Close-up of the handle



Blade 18"; Handle 4.5"

This style of knife was commonly traded in Birka, and the Archeodok Gotland Knife CD documents about one hundred or so. The steel is my pattern-welded 15N20 / 1074. The brass/bronze is a zinc / copper alloy just about 10% zinc shy of some documented examples.



'Antler-Handled Birka Knife'



Sheathed




Blade 6"; Handle 5"

This style of knife was commonly traded in Birka, and the Archeodok Gotland Knife CD documents about one hundred or so. The steel is my pattern-welded 15N20 / 1074. The brass/bronze is a zinc / copper alloy just about 10% zinc shy of some documented examples, with a deer antler handle.



'Hearth-smelted Birka Knife'



Blade 5"; Handle 4.5"

These knives were traded in Birka, and the Archeodok Gotland Knife CD documents about one hundred or so. The steel is my own hearth steel from wrought bloom, and it sparked very high in carbon, so much that I thought it would be hard to forge, which it was not. It hardened rock-solid. You can see some of the weld lines & a tiny bit of slag in the surface texture. The brass/bronze is a zince / copper alloy just about 10% zinc shy of some documented examples. A nice Viking knife!

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