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Short sax from Weingarten, Germany


Jeroen Zuiderwijk

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For the first time in a while I've finished another blade. It's a reproduction of a short sax or knife from Weingarten Germany. Not 100% of it is really a short sax, but if it is it should date to the mid 6th century. The blade is forged out of antique leafspring. The honeycomb pattern is carved in, first time I actually carved steel, rather then hammering in lines using punches. The handle is appel wood, treated with amber varnish and glued on with resin/charcoal/beeswax mix.

 

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And the original:

 

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Very cool, I've always liked that blade and you have done it justice.... the apple wood looks great too. From the drawing, it looks like the original might have had a wire wrap near the blade/handle transition?

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Very cool, I've always liked that blade and you have done it justice.... the apple wood looks great too. From the drawing, it looks like the original might have had a wire wrap near the blade/handle transition?

 

Thanks! I did notice the two lines, but figured they could be anything. I've never seen a wire wrap on a continental sax yet, so I don't believe that's it.

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Jeroen, that is a beautiful piece of work. Aehm.... will you mind if I get inspired by that blade as well :unsure: ?

 

Not at all. That's part of the reason I make these things, to get other people inspired by the old masters :)

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I think that's one of your best early seaxes, Jeroen!

 

As for the wire, Jeff Pringle had a Baltic seax/war knife from around 700-800 AD or so with a simple twisted wire reinforcement right there. We think it might be Wendish given the find location, but no telling.

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excellent work. I appreciate the move into carving steel. It is a big, and important, leap.

always love the historically-inspired blades. thanks for sharing your work, as well as the information upon which it was based.

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Thanks guys! And this one is just a warming up for the Nijmegen sax, which I've already started on with the engravings. I'm still figuring out some of the fainted decoration on the original, but here's a start already:

 

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Now these are pretty knives! I loved the wood, and the engravings. I'm usually not a fan of high polished blades, but it looks really nice with the engravings and the wood =)

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