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Osberg style Seax


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Greetings,

 

I finished this one last night and thought you might like to see it.

 

Osberg style seax specs.

 

Blade steel: Marquenched 1095

Guards: 1018 steel

Grip: African Blackwood

 

Weight: 1lb. 8oz.

 

Length

Over all: 21 1/2 in.

Blade: 15 1/2 in. x 1/8 in.

Grip: 4 1/2 in.

 

Balance point: 1 in. forward of guard.

Pivot point: 1 in past the tip.

COP: 9 in forward of guard

 

osbseax.JPG

 

osbseax4.JPG

 

You can see a tutorial of the making of this one on my website.

SEAX TUTORIAL

Let me know what you think.

 

-Ben

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Outstanding work. The carving on the handle is gorgeous. Great looking sketches of the handle too.

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dude! that carving is insane!

awesome very very very awesome

thanks for sharing.. love the tutorial!

~Chris

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Thanks for the kind words.

 

I'll be updating the tutorial next week with the carving and mounting.

 

Thanks again

Ben

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OH MY GOD!!! :o I Absolutely LOVE this seax! Impressed.

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Thanks, it means alot comming from you guys.

 

Here are someclose-ups of the carving.

carving1.jpg

 

Enjoy,

-Ben

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that carving is intense.

 

That's an understatement... :blink: That just floors me! Especially how each of the four gripping beasts has a different skin texture, and it's all evenly done. I could tell in the earlier pics the grip was heavily carved, but the detail shots are just killer. There's far more going on there than I suspected... :huh:

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Wow, Ben, that carving is excellent, I would not think African blackwood would be the easiest stuff to carve, either. Well done, sir, and thanks for the tutorial.

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is it based on an original, or is it your own design - from the interlace at the sides i'm guessing the latter?

 

Alittle of both, mostly the latter, I got the style and the textures from the osberg keel and the interlace design is from some other viking artifact, but had to modify it to fit on the grip.

 

I would not think African blackwood would be the easiest stuff to carve

 

That is correct, but for this fine of work the harder it is to carve the harder it is to make mistakes(I keep telling myself that as I'm working ;) )

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No showing how you did the carvings in the step by step tutorial???

 

I finally got the carving part of the tutorial posted to day (as well as a bunch of other website stuff) too rainy to forge.

Enjoy.

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