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Broad Seax WIP

Jake Powning

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The more I look at your work the more impressed I am with the conceptual side of things rather than the (masterful) technical aspect. You were dead on with the Germanic grimness. The knife, especially the sketch, reminds me of the Dwimorburg from LOTR.

“Then something Tookish woke up inside him, and he wished to go and see the great mountains, and hear the pine-trees and the waterfalls, and explore the caves, and wear a sword instead of a walking-stick.”

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Looking very great already! Also interesting to read the circular inspiration:) Nothing better when good artists inspire eachother and push eachothers skills forwards.

Thanks Jeroen, I've been mulling a broad seax project in my mind since I saw your presentation at Owen Bush's, and Also after seeing a tracing That Peter Johnsson had of one of those huge ones, I've actually made two of the big plane-propeller sized ones but niether of them where satisfactory :rolleyes:.

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You make this look way to easy... hehe Amazing work the lost wax casting is just way to cool!


I made a very plain Light broad seax last summer and it's been my go to knife at the cabin/camping, love the thing used it for everything from spliting logs to cutting up tough yams... I think your's is gonna be a little to nice for that ^_^

-Michael Lenaghan

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I think that beard needs to be even loooonger! This is EPIC!!!

A bad day forging... is still better than pretty much anything else

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beautiful!!! truly an inspiration. Thanks for taking the time for the progress pictures.



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Been following this on Twitter, but missed it here until now.


Epic as usual, Jake! I am not usually a fan of oak but it seems to somehow fit this project.


I can't believe the tiny detailed faces in the ferrule you've carved.


Thanks for sharing this and keeping the inspiration energy flowing, bud.




"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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Those ferrules are absolutely awesome, and complement everything nicely.

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail"
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves."
--Henry David Thoreau

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That one's gonna be more special than usual...LOVE the detail on those waxes!


A little vinegaroon on that oak will darken it quite a bit should you want to risk it being black.

Black tea will take it darker without the risk of black ... just my two cents.

The blacksmith and the artist reflect it in their art.

They forge their creativity,closer to the heart.

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Thanks so much guys! I'm definately going to do some experiements with vinegaroon and tea, I just got a nice big chunk of black oak (not actualy black, more's the pitty).

I've made some progress. Here are some pictures of the sheath making process. I'll be casting the fittings in the next few days.









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