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Hello, I would like to introduce Skautrir which means something like "border dweller." Skautrir is a combination of historical elements of the 10th century but executed from a mythological angle. It is neither a true "historical replica" or a "mytho/fantasy" piece, but a combination of both, and is my take on the sword archetype as both a weapon and object of art. Further images can be found on my facebook webpage https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.617786538234027.1073741830.145872495425436&type=1 I will post more pics once I get the scabbard finished. :)


Here are some stats:

oal length 94cm

blade length 74.5cm

weight 2lb,12oz

pob 14.5cm






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I believe I know the historical piece that inspired the fittings and you did an amazing job Jeff!!


The whole sword is awesome and I think if you took an original in pristine condition

and compared it to yours you would have a hard time telling the difference.



The blacksmith and the artist reflect it in their art.

They forge their creativity,closer to the heart.

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By Jove, that is something special!



"He who seeks rest finds boredom. He who seeks work finds rest." Dylan Thomas

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As I said on facebook .... I hate you .... I mean that in the very best way. ;) this is one of the best pieces of this style I have seen. good to see you beard is burning brightly!


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Man I just love that silver inlay, and the grip, and the blade, Heck I love the whole thing!

For the less, even as for the greater, there is but one deed which he may accomplish only once, and in that deed his heart shall rest.


I may not have a fiery beard (yet), but it is fire colored :D

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this is probably the best thing i have ever seen - an absolute masterpiece at every level. i'm equal parts grateful and wounded having seen this...

Jake Cleland - Skye Knives


"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe."


Albert Einstein

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This is impeccable! It's exactly that combination of symbol and tool that represents the pinnacle of modern Swordsmithing.

“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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That is a thing of beauty. The fittings grabbed my eye first, wonderful contrast between the silver and iron, and a lovely design to boot. Then the handle, again wonderfully designed and executed... then the blade... as Jake said, a masterpiece on every level.

George Ezell, bladesmith

" How much useful knowledge is lost by the scattered forms in which it is ushered to the world! How many solitary students spend half their lives in making discoveries which had been perfected a century before their time, for want of a condensed exhibition of what is known."

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Jeff that blade should be on a cover of a book! I think you burred the lines of replica and myth close enough into something that really could have been in the hands of a great hero smashing threw shield walls and slaying monsters B) which is something I try for but no where near this level! Every blade you post I really get excited about seeing cause they seem to alwasy be better then the last with is hard to believe...


Your bread burns bright enough I think my forge just lite up in the garage ;)

-Michael Lenaghan

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First thing came to mind as i see this masterpiece??


Started singing


"It's just too good to be trueeeeeee

can't take my eyes out of youuuuuuu..."



Congrats Mr Helmes!!!

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I'll just be packing up my tools and movin on here, no need to waste my life " Attempting" what is already completed! Sigh! I cant even find anything to nit pick! Congratulations on a masterpiece! Some Viking with a Scottish accent is gonna be real proud of that one!


Isa 54:16 Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.Lu 22:36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one. Mr 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
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This is one that just feels good to stare at. The tecturing with the inlays is just brilliant.

I have always thought that one man of tolerable abilities may work great changes, and accomplish great affairs among mankind, if he first forms a good plan....

- Benjamin Franklin

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