Alan Longmire Posted May 18, 2012 Share Posted May 18, 2012 Just to prove I do make things besides tomahawks, and to keep my Fiery Beard cred, here's the latest commission to be completed. The customer requested a full-on Viking langsax, but he wanted it machete-sized. It will be a working blade, used to clear campsites and chop kindling. On top of that, there was a tight budget involved, so no pattern-welding or fancy stuff, nor even a full polish. Just a bare-bones hardcore chopping tool to befit a Viking. The stats: Steel is 9260, guards and pommel are mild. Grip is oak core, linen-bound and leather wrapped, for which I thank Peter Johnsson for showing how to do. Overall length 24 inches, blade length 17.25 inches. Blade width 2" at hilt, thickness 3/16" at hilt tapering to 1/8" at the tip. Weight 2 lbs 1.75 ounce, POB 4" from cross, COP 12" from cross. This thing is a chopping beast, short and heavy and shaving sharp. I couldn't resist signing the lower guard in runes. Guard thickness is 1/2 inch at center, tapering eliptically to a blunt point on both ends. Upper guard is 5/16" at the center, likewise tapered to blunt points. The pommel is deceptive; it's huge but very thin. two-piece construction with the mostly solid pommel rivetted and brazed (stupid rivets wouldn't stay tight ) to the upper guard. In some of the pics the guard looks a little cockeyed, but I promise it's straight. It does take some practive to use without the upper guard putting a hole in your wrist. Held correctly the pommel just slips by the inside of the wrist like glass. Thanks for looking, and remember, I never said I was good at these! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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