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Here is my latest sword.

the sword was commissioned in 09 but due to changed circumstances the client could not complete the purchase until now.

I enjoyed having the blade around for that time.


It is a substantial sword for a substantial client, a great big viking of a chap.


The blade is forged with a 4 bar intermittent twisted core of 15n20 and 1080, the edge wrap is 700 layers of same.

the Runes are etched into the blade or rather they are resisted and the blade etched around them.

I am not sure that I would have the balls to forge weld runes into a completed complex patternwelded blade even now.

The fittings are bronze and the guard is lost wax cast and the pommel is fabricated (mostly by tom ward when he was here) the original pommel I cast was too light (it will be appearing on a smaller sword soon...). the pommel is one piece . If I were to make the sword again I would go two piece.

the hilt fittings are loosly based on one of the swords in copenhagen museum.

the handle is wrapped leather.

I have tried to give the sword an aged look , it was commissioned as a piece to be a heirloom and the client wanted it to look like it already had some age .

It is amazing how different the feel and presence of a finished sword is to the presence of the blade and fittings...

anyhow .....thanks for looking.














close up of the tip showing all the high layer yumminess.......



Edited by owen bush
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Absolutely gorgeous, owen. i hope one day we can work together sometime. I would love to watch you work in person.

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Nice pattern work. I also enjoy the hilt's mark of the hand.

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I really like that viking, Owen. Congratulations to work well done.
It is nice to see that you made use of that decorative pattern of clustered holes. Not the most common type to see reproduced. Very nice!

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  • 2 weeks later...

What a blade. I would love some play time with a lot of these type blades. I have only experience with Japanese style swords, ie 2 handed handles. Thanks for sharing.

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