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Zeb Camper

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  1. Hello all! Looking to sell a seax I made a few years back. I actually sold it once and liked it so much I bought it back and actually re handled and ground the profile of the spine more and reground the edge geometry. It's made from wrought iron and high carbon steel with a maple handle. It will be priced to sell as the sheath unfortunately was victim of user error on a couple occasions. Looking to get $350 for it. I can customize the handle or remake a sheath for an additional fee. 




  2. Hey man Could have been anything. I think there is a consensus that grinding lengthwise is better than across. And your hammer blows should be progressively a little harder for about 3 or so passes (or until you feel good about it lol.. What did you use to guage temp? 

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  3. Hey guys, I'm wandering if anyone has any good ways for cutting perfectly straight lines in leather? I'm actually looking to make something for someone. The person I'm making it for loves making bags but struggles cutting straight lines. I'm just undecided if it'll be a really nice round knife, an overbuilt paper guillotine, or somethingelse. Of course I want to make the guillotine but there's a chance I wont get it right. I realize the blade has to be bent inward like scissors blades. If I go that route I'm thinking I'll use 1/4" 1075 or 1080. Have the top jaw bent and the bottom one of course straight and screwed to butcher block. 


    Here's an interesting idea.



  4. Hello all, and merry Christmas!


    I just finished up this project I've been working on for a while. I'll go ahead and post a link to a thread that shows how it was made step by step. As the title says, it's a norwegian broadsax from the viking age. 


    Since it turned out so well, and took so much work I think $1200 is enough to at least cover up some expenses and part of the time it took. PM me if interested:) 






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  5. Thanks guys! 

    @Rob Toneguzzo I had been tossing around the idea of tooling yeah. I'm not really sure honestly... it has potential, but at the same time; when does it start to get too busy? The chape could be a possibility too, but I'm worried there's no copper anywhere else so I'm worried about balance. So yeah, just undecided for now. 


    Thanks @Alan Longmire ! I unfortunately cut the stitches loose last night :blink: I thought I'd go ahead and glue it but I guess I can just restitch then lol. But theres a thin spot in the leather I may try to add a thin layer of leather to now that its apart. Probably just glue a thin tapered strip in and hope it looks ok. Wouldn't be a bad spot for a riser actually if the suspension is to be that style. Idk what I'm doing there either though so we'll see :lol:

  6. Just a little progress and questioning what to do... I got the leather scabbard covering done. Through a series of unplanned steps I somehow managed to sew up an undersized leather sock and then force it onto the scabbard. I dont hate how it turned out (even if the stitch is a little off around the tip).20201219_153207.jpg20201219_153215.jpg 


    The question: is it worth cutting apart, restitching, adding glue, and trying to get it back on before the glue tacks up? Anyone ever done it like this? 


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  7. Didn't make these today, but just looking at what the forum's been up to thought I'd say hi.  Spent most of the past month or so on gifts. 


    A necklace for my girlfreind (who's very crafty herself) and a barn for my nephew (she helped). Merry Christmas ya'll! 




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  8. I'm still unsure if the scabbard should get sword fittings or sax fittings. I think it would look a lot better if it had like a leather throat to ease that hard line where it meets the handle... What do you guys think? 


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  9. Got some work done on this again. A question for those in the know: its customary to wrap the core in linin (hope I spelled that right, I'm illiterate I know) and then leather, right? What thickness of leather? And, would you reccomend lining the interior with felt? Thanks! 



  10. Some work I did on my bed cover this afternoon with "hardwood plywood". I had some maple I guess I could have used, but as they say "if you ain't cheatin' you ain't tryin' ". So the plan Is to file the interior into a wedge and then just drop the lid on it. Round it off good and wrap it in thin leather I guess. 20200816_153855.jpg20200816_155211.jpg20200816_172825.jpg

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  11. Thanks all!


    I figure I'll make a wooden core scabbard since it's a couple inches shy of sword length. I think the blade is 24" right now. So I guess I need to do some research on what I'm doing! Hopefully I can do some cool metal fittings. Its gonna be a while though. Knives have been in a losing fight to guitar and some personal stuff for the last year. I may not keep my shop for much longer. Depends on how some things shake out. 


    Thanks for the interest guys! :D

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