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GEzell

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  1. I love it! That's some beautiful steel, is it hearth steel or bloom? Very clever handle construction...
  2. That sounds good to me Brian. This might be a good time to ask, does anyone need an extension to the deadline?
  3. We discussed this the other day on Facebook, that the work Peter Johnsson has done with sword proportions could be applied to seaxes as a way to determine handle length. Taking the Aachen seax as a basis (overall 53cm, blade 31cm), we determined that the blade to handle ratio is 10 to 7 for a seax of this size. Thinking further on this, assuming that 3.5 - 4" is the minimum functional handle size, we can assume a one to one ratio on a 4" blade. As the blades get smaller the handle gets larger, and we can assume on blades under 4" the handles would be longer than the blades. As the seax gets bigger, the blade gets larger in proportion to the handle, with langsax handles assumedly topping out around 10 inches... I think a formula could be worked out from all this which I may tackle some rainy day. I do love masur birch...
  4. You have me wanting to try this construction method, it has a certain elegance to it. The knife itself is awesome, I particularly like the blade shape and relation to the handle.
  5. Excellent work sir, and the simulated inlay on the guard and pommel is brilliant! The contrast between the bold and the subtle patterning of the blade is very well done.
  6. On the rare occasion that I use stabilized wood, 90% of the time I get it from burlsource.us, and most of the time I wait for a sale... I like being able to see the exact piece I'm ordering. There is a fellow who comes to Batson's symposium every year who brings cutoffs from riflestocks, usually curly hard maple, and his prices and quality are excellent. I have enough of his curly maple to last me a few years now. A few years ago I lucked up on an excellent deal on walnut burl turning blocks, I can get 3 or 4 handles out of each, so I'm set for a few years on figured walnut. I was tipped off to bog oak from Etsy, there are a few sellers there who have excellent prices and quality.... Again, I have enough to last years now. There are a couple of woods that I'd like to use I'm still looking for a good source for (boxwood, masur birch, etc). Good deals are out there, be patient and shop around. Be willing to buy in bulk if it's worth it.
  7. It's almost there... The knife is finished unless I decide to tinker with the blade finish more. The saya is in the process of staining, it's made from poplar, and I'm not sure if I like the color I'm getting so I may do some tinkering there also. She's sharp, and wants to bite...
  8. Excellent work sir! The blade is lovely, the handle carving is well done, and the sheath is impressive, especially for a first.
  9. I got a late start, like last weekend, but it's coming together quickly. The blade started as a cutoff from a much larger project, a four bar composite of 1080 with two twists running down the center. It worked out nicely for this blade I think, and kind of took a life of it's own when I forged it out to shape. I think it has personality... The photo is from this morning, the epoxy is curing as I type. The handle is some stabilized bog oak I've had for a few years now, and stabilized black marcusta (or something like that, I'll have to look up the name again) with a bronze spacer. I wanted to use stabilized materials as this knife will likely live in a wet environment. Hopefully I'll be finished with the knife tomorrow and starting on the saya.
  10. Magnificent work my friend! Hats off to Matthew also. You have done that sword justice, and I look forward to seeing how you top this one...:)
  11. Excellent work and design, and the scabbard is a work of art in it's own right.
  12. Outstanding and a beautiful example of the form...
  13. I've been very impressed with it, and can't imagine using anything else...
  14. Wonderful work, the shape is ideal, the materials are beautiful.
  15. I love this one, you nailed the blade shape...