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J. Helmes

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  1. Hello, I would like to introduce Skautrir which means something like "border dweller." Skautrir is a combination of historical elements of the 10th century but executed from a mythological angle. It is neither a true "historical replica" or a "mytho/fantasy" piece, but a combination of both, and is my take on the sword archetype as both a weapon and object of art. Further images can be found on my facebook webpage https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.617786538234027.1073741830.145872495425436&type=1 I will post more pics once I get the scabbard finished. :)


    Here are some stats:

    oal length 94cm

    blade length 74.5cm

    weight 2lb,12oz

    pob 14.5cm






  2. Wow I can't believe that I missed this . Jim I will never get enough of watching you work. It is pure forging poetry. Now I am psyched to try one of these as well. Thanks so much for sharing this Jim. It really is awesome.

  3. This is soo good Jake. I love the skulls. some about this piece is reaching deep into my psyche and tickling some long ago formed element. The place where things dark and mysterous still dwell in the woods, and heroes slay monsters.



    "The original was obviously made for a time-travelling employee of British Airways between 1940 and 1974, though. ;)"


    I believe Jeff Pringel may have thought it could have been made for a Blue Oyster Cult aficinado. That makes things a little more complicated as it technically falls withing the same era...

  5. Thanks everyone! From what I gathered of the original inlay, the BOAC was apparently repeated 4 times. My client and I decided on one single large inlay based on Ewart Oakshottes interpretation of it. It would have been great to have seen it in person. The tale of the original sword must have been an interesting one. The inlay was quite complicated and done in gold as I am lead to understand. Perhaps comisioned by some returning crusader?

  6. Hello, I wanted to share my most recent sword. This one is an inspirstion based on sword X12 fron Records of the Medieval sword. The original is currently at the museumof Glasgow The blade is a high layer combination of 1095 and wrought iron wit silver inlay The hilt parts are also wrought. The scabbard is wool lined with a wooden core and leather cover. The scabbard fittings are also wrought iron. For anyone interested I have more pics up on my facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.537710749574940.123844.145872495425436&type=1 The sword weighs 2 lb just under 3 oz. The blade is 27" lobg with a POB of 3 3/4" af51eac7-0bc3-4bd6-9673-1d6ecea3cdf0_zpscaf6bf44-9864-42ca-b8d7-d882846b0d0a_zpsac0c381a-4112-4b6e-a368-84d6e0049372_zps

  7. Darrell,

    If those layers on the left of the photo are layers and not some other artifact of the photo or weathering of the iron then I see a diamond of two angular and crossing inlays.

    You were there which means I default to you, but there seems to be more going on.




    As I recall, the area near the hilt looked like it may have had two angular lines crossing back and forth for the first several inches. Or possibly something else inlayed in that area. It was very hard to tell though as the surface near the hilt was in poor condition.


    Great pic Darrell! Thanks for sharing that!

  8. Thanks guys!


    MS-as to the handle. The leather is stitched on in this case, as opposed to an overlap, then I work the leather in place with a tool. I use a piece of deer bone based on the tools that Peter Johnsson shared in his leather wrapped handle tutorial.

  9. Here is a sword I have recently completed. It is based on a sword currently living at the Higgins Museum. Components are High carbon steel blade inlayed with silver, Wrought iron fittings and a stitched on leather wrapped handle. The scabbard is leather over wood with a wool lining. Further images of the sword and its construction can be found on my facebook work page. My link Let me know what you think.







  10. Hi Owen. I'm going out on a limb here but I think I found one at the Royal Ontario Museum. It certainly seemed like it up close , but the lighting was terrible. I found this pic here which seems to show the serpent fairly well. I noticed that the corners od the zig zag seemed very sharp. I think that the serpent was inlayed much like an ulfberht. In the picture it is the sword on the left. You can sort of make it out.


    Actually , I remember that all of the swords there were noteworthy. The one to the imediate right looked almost as though it was letter inlayed and the one on the far right was just impressive in all ways.


    They also had one of the nicest broken back PW seaxes with a fine wolfs tooth edge weld.



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