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An Anglo-Saxon ring-hilt (almost done)....


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I apologize for the lack of participation in what is still my favorite forum... but many things have kept me away from the computer lately. And here is one of them.


This is a commissioned project that has been... well.. many things over the last year. Finished is not one of them but it's getting there. I'm getting excited about this and couldn't wait to show something.


This sword was intended to represent ring-hilted swords of Anglo-Saxon manufacture. It was not inspired by any specific pieces other than art work found within the Sutton Hoo horde.


The blade is composed of 5 bars and includes 15n20, 1084, wrought iron, W1 and 1095. The edge bars are piled 1095 shim stock.


The guards are pure iron with moose spacers and the wood is Lake Superior diver-salvaged black oak. The two larger spacers in the grip are Seycham meteorite. The ring (which has not been fashioned yet) will also be meteorite. The pommel nut is pure iron and bears simple engravings depicting ravens (with hidden human/god face) on one side and wolves (with hidden human/god face).


Here is a detail of one of the meteorite spacers:


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Here is a detail of the pattern welding. Not sure yet how I will finish it. This picture was straight from the etch tank. The lines in the edge bar only show up on the shaded side of the sword in this picture.. but they actually do look pretty much the same!


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And a whole sword shot...


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More details with the final pictures!

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Scott - let me be the first to compliment you on a wonderful piece. I hope the 1095 shim stock is the stuff I sent you, so I can know that I contributed in some way to this wonderful sword. Honestly, it is great. You are rockin'

 

kc

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Scott - let me be the first to compliment you on a wonderful piece. I hope the 1095 shim stock is the stuff I sent you, so I can know that I contributed in some way to this wonderful sword. Honestly, it is great. You are rockin'

 

kc

Yes it is! And I love it for this purpose! I just put the whole thing in the cut-off saw and cut off a big wad and forge them together. So easy. And I love the subtle contrast.

 

(I've taken the step of putting your address on a box.. so I will get some wood out to you soon. I'm so sorry for taking so long!)

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Spectacular Scott. Seriously. I loved your swords before, but this one is the best of them. I love the dark etch; it goes great with the handle. I saw on FB that your customer seems to be more than delighted with it as well.

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Looking great, Scott! Beautiful sword...I want closeups of that pommel. Where did you find pure iron?

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Holy crap. That is just awesome.

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Thanks everybody!

 

Looking great, Scott! Beautiful sword...I want closeups of that pommel. Where did you find pure iron?

Well so far Luke it looks just like it did when you were here. Today I will finish it. Or maybe you didn't see it? Anyway.... I didn't want to steal too much thunder from the formal photographs. But I should have something to show today. And by the way... I removed quite a bit of material from the distal portion of the blade since you were here. Feels much more alive now.

 

I got the iron from Randal Graham actually. He told me there is a blacksmith in southern Wisconsin that may have a stash that he sells. I can't remember the name!

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Whoa! Dang! Boy howdy! And so on... that's pretty darned spiffy, and looks like a major step in your continuing career development.

 

Impressed, I am!

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That blade is so sexy!!! Scott I can't imagine what will come out of your shop in the future!!! Awesome work brother!!!

 

Kip

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Thanks for all the comments folks! I've been away since last Thursday. Hope to have more to show tomorrow...

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I'm exhausted and not much to say right now other than specs and materials... will write tomorrow! This has been a long ride...

 

33 inches OAL
28 inch blade
2 pounds 4 oz
POB 7" from the guard
5 bar composite blade: 15n20, 1084, wrought iron, W1, 1095 edge
Iron, black oak (diver salvaged), moose, Seycham meteorite

 

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Wow, I love the meteorite ring. Totally perfect.

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