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  1. I had to change a handle on a reenactment combat blunt seax. During use the handle had broken. On inspection the tang had been forced out the side. As I took off the old handle the problem became clear - the tang was too short, and on impact to the blade, the joint between wood and antler had worked as a pivot point because the hole in the wood was too big. I took a nice piece of walnut with straight grain, and milled out the slot for the tang. Glued it all together and added two pins to keep it all secure. To cover up the pin
  2. finished the sheath for this today. Burgundy red leather, with nickel silver fittings.
  3. finished this one, so here are the last construction photos. Here is the final product. I am very pleased with how this came out.
  4. I think some of the 'anvils' are in fact drifts as you suggest. If you want to have a look at other finds, here is a search in the Norwegian finds database. Hammers: http://www.unimus.no/foto/?fbclid=IwAR2uQRcqng4jPq3ouSTCMVKKKFrQzDmXnI1s71C7Wa-5eDcEORAnJevwopg#/search?q=hammer vikingtid Tongs: http://www.unimus.no/foto/?fbclid=IwAR2RV_49sNPBLikxcKfikkfmngxhcjPGBHZwcW-ZzKp9V0VZmo4xNR5JQkM#/search?q=tang vikingtid Anvils: http://www.unimus.no/foto/?fbclid=IwAR1Ug_XRXyU4hC0PnW73OFmahse-47PDjx7wACnRwZASpCyEPEDXTfP4TGI#/search?q=ambolt vik
  5. looks like a shortened Briquet or similar used by Infantry during the Napoleonic wars.
  6. A Leuku blade I bought (from Knivsmed Strømeng) on a trip to Norway several years ago. I started on the handle 2 years ago, and now finally got around to finishing it. Handle is Yew and Reindeer antler with brass. I also made a traditional sheath for it, but without the wooden core.
  7. For the metal fittings I have taken inspiration from two finds: Here is the idea of the layout. I wanted to add some inlays, so I did a few tests to see what I am able to do. Here is a photo-shop of what I am aiming for.
  8. I am currently working on a sheath for a broken back seax (reenactment combat blunt). First some progress photos of the leather work. This is only my second attempt at tooling, so I am very pleased with the outcome.
  9. I finally had time to make the handle on a blade I bought long ago. It was made by Kris Lipinski. Life got in the way, but I think it was worth waiting to have proper time for it rather than rush it. This is walnut and red deer antler with nickel silver fittings. Now I have to make the sheath.
  10. This may well have been asked before, but I had no luck with the search function. I am looking for more information about these two blades. For the wooden handled one, I have seen it indicated that the seax was published in this book: Nicolle, David. "Medieval Warfare Source Book - Volume I: Warfare in Western Christendom". I have seen it referred to as Viking, but also as belonging to the Migration period. The bronze handled one was up for sale a few years ago "...Frankish, 600's..." I am not sure if the handle is original, in particular the rivets look wrong as we have no exam
  11. doesn't look like the M1917 if you compare to other images. This one is unusual for a bayonet as it has an almost symmetric cross guard. The guard is also a very distinct design. It looks like there is writing on the guard - is that true? Handle and cross guard looks like the attached image of a British P-1856 Yataghan Sword Bayonet for Enfield Two Band Short Rifle, but the blade is different. Several of the Yataghan bayonets have this handle/cross guard design.
  12. not only does ammonia/bleach make a toxic gas, there is also a risk that it makes a highly unstable compound that will explode on contact with organic materials - that is the exploding toilet myth. We had a chemistry lab in Denmark blow up, because a student did not pay attention to this. Some of you may know the slightly more stable version with Iodine in stead of chlorine (bleach) that is sometimes used in chemistry demonstrations - it explodes on the touch of a feather.
  13. Hi Kris. This is actually my test piece before I make up your blade. For that one I have some lovely, slightly curly walnut, some red deer antler, and nickel silver plate for the sheath fittings. I still need to make up my mind on the leather, but I am thinking red-brown like a medieval book cover.
  14. Finally got some time in the shop, so I made a sheath and knife inspired by Viking finds from Gotland. The blade is commercial as I don't have a forge where I live at the moment, but I use them as cheap options to practice my fit and finish on handles and sheaths. There are a lot of 'first time' elements in this and there are definitely things I am not happy with, I can see where I lost focus. The handle is from reclaimed Birch, fittings are brass and the suspension ring is bronze. Leather is vegetable tan.
  15. just a thought - both gold and silver are so soft that you don't need an iron draw plate.
  16. The draw plates I know of from Scandinavia are: A couple from the Mastermyr chest One from the Bygland smiths grave One from Sigtuna in Sweden. Unfortunately I don't have dates for the last two. This link discuss Roman wire making by rolling and drawing. https://www.topoi.org/project/d-5-5-1/
  17. Interesting you should post this now. I am also looking into this with a friend of mine. We need ours to be mobile to go to reenactment events though, and that compromises some of the authenticity. The most authentic I have seen, is just a pit in the ground with a hard fired clay pipe extension to the bellows - at welding temperatures the clay will turn to glass. http://sagnlandet.dk/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Vikingeplads-smedie.jpg There has only ever been found one part of a forge - the Snaptun stone from Denmark http://en.natmus.dk/typo3temp/GB/ce892701db.jpg https://s-media-ca
  18. ok, I have dug a bit in this and found a similar trademark http://historycbrandauer.blogspot.co.uk/ Especially this image on the pen box looks very much like the one on the blade. The relevant extract here is: "It is interesting to note that this trade mark was also used by Carl Kuhn & Co in Austria, Carl Brandauer's Father-in-law." The blade is very similar to Austrian WWI trench knives.
  19. Does anyone recognize this mark? Here is the full blade thanks
  20. Thanks George I did pull the images from your pinterest account , so were hoping you knew where they came from. The page you refer to do not contain the information I am looking for, but enough to narrow down the search, and I found this: http://www.focus.de/wissen/mensch/archaeologie/archaeologie-merowingerschwert-entdeckt_aid_468748.html http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/natur/koblenz-archaeologen-graben-schwert-aus-dem-7-jahrhundert-aus-a-670693.html
  21. Hi I am looking for more information about this seax find, in particular location and period. I suspect the pictures have been taken by a member in here . https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/2d/ff/bb/2dffbb5701f640ce4b590e8ce084f30e.jpg https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/e9/4f/b1/e94fb1c7db420f6ec87febcdfd87e8b8.jpg https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/ef/08/ca/ef08ca123f566fb8a010df832643cdb2.jpg https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/ce/b0/51/ceb0514eb22c78b9508373959634181d.jpg https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/c8/ba/ad/c8b
  22. I received blade no 5 today. Very nice work, and surprisingly light. I will be posting pictures once I have finished with the handle and scabbard.
  23. very nice, I really like the middle one.
  24. very nice and clean. As a reenactor my self, I like seeing work like this.
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