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Caleb Budd

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About Caleb Budd

  • Birthday June 28

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    Alaska
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    History, bladesmithing

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  1. Caleb Budd

    The Little Bealings Project

    GEzell thank you for explaining that so simply! Also yes the tang on that other blade is huge! Almost to where I don't know where the transition is .
  2. Caleb Budd

    The Little Bealings Project

    GEzell that is a fantastic langsax! I love the elegance and deadliness it exudes! I do have a question though, with such a wide tang what keeps the wood from just splitting? is it just the wire? and wouldn't it be a better idea to have a thinner width-wise tang?
  3. Caleb Budd

    wrought iron???

    Darn ok, thanks for the help nonetheless Alan!
  4. Caleb Budd

    wrought iron???

    Darn, I don't know what the hole on the other side was for I got it like that. Anything you think I could do with it, Alan?
  5. Caleb Budd

    wrought iron???

    Reviving the thread for the same exact question. I got some round stock and wanted to know if it might be wrought. It has some interesting things going on in the flat and thought it might be like the grain on wrought.
  6. Caleb Budd

    Purpose of refining wrought iron?

    C Craft, I've checked them out and the shipping ain't bad enough (coming from an Alaskan which all shipping is expensive). I really want to buy their sample pack but I haven't gotten up the courage yet to spend the money.
  7. Caleb Budd

    Purpose of refining wrought iron?

    Yea, I wish there was a reliable source Of wrought iron up here in Alaska. The only piece I've been able to get is some from a gold mine.
  8. Caleb Budd

    Purpose of refining wrought iron?

    What?!?! I can't just ask my local merchant for some double refined anchor chain? What has this world come to. On a more serious note, thank you Alan for answering that! Especially that last bit. The wrought I've been working has a nasty tendency to split quite easily, so I wanted to know at what point should it be refined.
  9. Caleb Budd

    Purpose of refining wrought iron?

    Thank you Al for that easy explanation! Follow up question if you wouldn't mind Alan, what quality wrought should one strive for when including it in a billet. To keep the pattern but also have a good structure?
  10. Caleb Budd

    Purpose of refining wrought iron?

    Hi guys, like the title suggests I wanted to know the purpose of refining wrought iron? I have seen Niels Provos refine wrought iron in the process of making shear steel but was wondering if it has any other benefits besides that.
  11. Caleb Budd

    Semi-Spatha information

    I'd think we could still classify the semi as a sword because it is still bigger than the smallest gladii. But what I find really interesting that the Semi is actually almost exactly 1/2 the lengh of the Spatha the semi being 19.69" while the Spatha is about 39.37". Though that could mean nothing. Another point is that these semi Spatha are around the third/fourth century CE a time of great upheaval in the western and eastern Roman empires. I don't doubt that with short resources the smiths wouldn't want to waste anything and want to be as efficiently possible so grinding might not be that implausible. Or it just might've been a local variant to a sidearm, the Roman historian Flavian Vegetius describes a 4th century army being outfitted with semi-spatha.
  12. Caleb Budd

    Semi-Spatha information

    Thank you Geoff! That's an awesome source. The sword though is smaller than I thought it'd be. It's on the shorter side of even gladii which I guess makes sense for a half-sword.
  13. Caleb Budd

    Semi-Spatha information

    I was interested in doing a 3rd century roman sword. While researching I found out that there was a short sword still in use by then something called a semi-spatha. So far I've read that it was either a broken Spatha reforged or a gladius that's hanged around for longer. But other than that I haven't found any exact details or images on the sword. Thank you in advance for any information.
  14. Caleb Budd

    Short broken back seax

    Thank you GEzell! I actually tried basing my sheath off of this. Which I thought was historical, for a smaller seax.
  15. Caleb Budd

    Short broken back seax

    No, the whole sheath is stitched, with no glue.
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