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Hi guys, here's one I recently finished It's a pattern welded viking sword with Mammen ornamentation, I've done a post on my blog about it as well if your interested. - http://jakepowning.blogspot.com/2012/02/galdrgrimm.html

It's been a busy winter. I hope you are all keeping well. :)

here are the stats:

hilt - bronze, blackwood


blade -pattern welded 1075/8670m


scabbard - quilted maple wood lined with

sheered sheep fleece, silicon bronze.


blade length - 26 3/4"


hilt length - 6 1/4"


overall length - 44 3/8"


weight - 2 lb : 7.0 oz







detail of the carved scabbard.




touch mark on the back of the blade, I carved this so that it is below the surface of the wood this technique was inspired by seeing the bat that Jim Kelso was carving at Ashokan, that was a complete revelation to me.


this is a study I did while I was working on the design process of this sword exploring the Mammen stile in pencil and watercolour. It's based on the inlay that is on the original axe that the Mammen style is named after and exemplifies the style.

thanks for looking!


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Jake, that is a fine looking piece of work. Perfect in every detail from what I can see. The scabbard is a work of art in its own right, and the photos are pretty dam good as well.

If you don't mind me asking, how many hours are invested in the whole piece.



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Dang, Jake; You just keep getting better in a direction I didn't know COULD be better. :blink:B)


I just want to know how long it took you to clean up the fullers. ;) I'm doing a double-fullered blade right now that's giving me fits polishing the little so-and-so's.

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thanks guys, I don't have the exact hours off the top of my head, I worked on this and a bunch of other pieces simultaneously over the last year, so my sense of how long this specific piece took is a bit skewed. months and months. B)

I feel your pain Alan. I feel your pain. rite in my fingertips! :lol:

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Jake it is beautiful.


I really like the simplicty of the hilt fittings and the patination of the bronze there.


the "tea cosy" pommel form is such elegance and the knot there rings it to life.


the different fullers are a great feature also.


this is one of my favourite pieces of yours i think.


you've really understood the artistic essance of this era and your work has great honesty and integrity.



Onen Hag Ol.

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What an absolutely superb display of craftsmanship, Jake! The carvings, PW, fittings, everything. This is beyond beautiful in a way I can barely comprehend. The patterns seem to come alive just looking at it- I can't imagine what it would be like to see in person.









Wait...Im confused. Looking at it. One picture has a single wide fuller and the next picture its double fullered.


My first thoughts exactly :lol:

Having it different on both sides is a very interesting idea.. didn't see that coming ;)

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exceptional, Jake. Really exceptional


please visit my website http://www.professorsforge.com/


“Years ago I recognized my kinship with all living things, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on the earth. I said then and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it; while there is a criminal element, I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.” E. V. Debs

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Outstanding work . . . as we've come to expect from you, Jake.


I love the subtle complexity of this piece. Understated, yet sophisticated. Classy.


A real heirloom piece.




"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly." -- Theodore Roosevelt


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Fantastic Jake.


I'm not really a fan of Viking style swords (yeah, I know, that's blasphemy here), but something about this one was different enough to grab my eye. I think its the shape/style of the guard and grip. Is the different guard style what makes it "Mammen Style"?


The craftsmanship is exemplary, as usual with your work.

To realize that you do not understand is a virtue; Not to realize that you do not understand is a defect.

-Lao Tzu

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Lovely, just lovely Jake!


Incredibly inspiring and comforting seeing you creating work like this my friend.


I write this from the smithy in a pause while I wait for the furnace to reach austenitizing temperature.


As I now go back to work, I will bring the news of the birth of Galdgrimm with me like a good talisman.



That style of grip really works on this sword!

It makes me feel I have a very, very small part in how it came out. -But they way you carved the wood is more elegant and powerful.


I hope you don´t mind me posting the result of our bronze casting experiment, even if they are still in the rough in this image:



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thanks everyone! Hi Rick, I haven't explored the moari culture in depth, I'm going to go do some reading :)

Thank you Peter, you definitely inspired the grip, I loved watching you make the owl dagger, I still have to make a hilt for my bronze dagger, but i have started sharpening it with a hammer and files, one side is very sharp.

Hi Sean the Mammen style refers to the ornamentation, not the hilt type or blade type, those are usually described using Peterson or Oakshot typologies.

It's basically a style of ornamentation from between 950CE and 1030CE here's a link with descriptions and pictures -Mammen style

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