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Seax, Puukko, and 2 Vikings! some recent work

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Here are some pictures of a few recent pieces.

 

the lineup 01 small image.jpg

 

carved 01 small image.jpg

 

oak viking 01 small image.jpg

 

seax 01 small image.jpg

 

puukko with birch 01 small image.jpg

 

~Bruce~

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I especially like that viking knife with the brass ring! Whats the handle wood? And is that carved antler on the first one?

 

Great work!

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Good stuff! the one with the carved ferule is my favourite...need to practice some more carving!

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Emiliano,

 

The one with the ring has a handle of Red Oak Burl. I soaked it in a strong tea solution to darken it up a bit. Also wiped it down with vinegaroon, then sanded the black off. The black doesn't sand out of any of the porous areas and tends to accent the grain.

 

Yes, the first one has a carved, whitetail, ferrule. I started carving the antler, by hand but, did not make much progress. After attending Axe 'N" Seax-in" and seeing Petr's demonstration... I grew a pair and finished it up with the dremel! This knife will also have a ring on the end of the handle, when it is done.

 

~Bruce~

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Nice! that seax has a great shape, and I too like the carved bolster.

Did you make that brooch in the background of the last picture, with the puukko? It looks great too!

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Thats a good method of darkening up and staining the wood! I've been meaning to get into using the dremel for carving some stuff, I think I'll give it a shot! hopefully it ends up half as well as yours did!

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Brooch comes from North Star Armoury. The relief work is made by acid etching.

 

The hardest part of carving with the dremel, is finding burrs small enough and having the right shape! Burrs for the dremel either seem to be very small, 1/32"-1/16", for engraving work or quite large 1/4" or so. I ended up using some diamond burrs, mostly because I already had them and the size and shapes worked for what I was doing.

 

~Bruce~

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Very nice Bruce!!

I like them all.

I'm with you, after many years of resisting, I have broken out the dremel. I have just started to learn how to use it, but those diamond burrs seem to work well, on many materials, and are not that expensive. Plus they have many nice sanding attachments now, in all sizes.

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Bruce,

 

those are some great looking knives!

 

just out of curiosity, how long are the handles?

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The broken-back seax has a handle length of 7 & 5/8 inches. OAL of 17 & 1/2 inches. Blade is 10 inches long, 1 & 5/8 inches wide at the break, and 1/4 inch thick for most of the length. Handle is some nice, straight grained, walnut in a teardrop cross section. This thing feels very tool like in the hand, sort of like some farmer cut the handle down on a polearm and started using it as a knife. Steel is up-cycled leaf spring but, not the usual 5160, 9260, or 6150, it acts more like a 10xx steel, maybe 1060.

 

The Viking knife, with the carved, antler, bolster has a handle length of 4 & 5/8 inches. OAL of 8 & 7/8 inches. Blade is just slightly under 4 & 1/2 inches, 5/8 inch wide at the widest point, thickness is about 1/8 inch. The wood on this one is Milo, a hardwood from Hawaii that is similar to Koa. Steel is up-cycled coil spring, most likely 9260, it seems to have a ghost of a hamon to it.

 

The small Viking has a handle length of 4 & 1/8 inch, not counting the ring or its keeper. OAL of just under 7 & 3/4 inches. Blade is 3 & 5/8 inches, 9/16 inch wide at the widest point, thickness is just a hair under 1/8 inch. Wood on this handle, as previously mentioned, is Red Oak Burl. Steel is 6150 and might show a hamon if I polished and worked at it. Right now it is at 400 grit and then etched . This one came out with the blade not quite in line with the handle. I guess my wife gets to keep this one like she wants to!

 

The Puukko had a handle of around 4 inches but, is already sold so I cannot give exact measurements. The handle is some curly birch I found with a traditional flaxseed (linseed) oil finish. I was reading about spoon carving and one of the websites I stumbled upon mentioned soaking the fresh carved spoons in flaxseed oil for 3 days or so, until they stop absorbing oil. The birch wood is quite thirsty and really soaks the oil up. The flaxseed oil is supposed to polymerize and harden up a bit after a few months. The oil has quite a yellow cast to it but, even so, I really like it. No other oil I've used seems to bring out the character of the wood quite like the flaxseed oil!

 

~Bruce~

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I love all of them, but the big seax would be the one I'd pick up first.... :)

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