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SEAL Trident.

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I am working on a great project.

One that is quite a honour.I do not make comissions any more but could not turn this one down...

The SEAL insignia is an Eagle holding a trident and a flintlock in front of an anchor.

 

I am Making a Trident for US Navy SQT (SEAL Qualification Training) Class 312.

 

It will be a Graduation Gift to NSWBTC (Navy Special Warfare Basic Training Command).

 

US Navy SEALs tradition to give a graduation gift upon completing training required to become SEALs.

 

So I am making a pattern welded Trident, not a fishing trident but a hero piece, Neptune's trident suitable for use against (big)sea monsters . I have taken my inspiration from the sea, using heavily laddered wavy material and of course pattern weld............I wanted the piece to be reminiscent of harpoons and anchors and wieldable by a by a (very) strong SEAL but not a trident for a mere mortal.......

I have found this to be a very challenging piece and I am now on version 3, which ironicaly was my original idea (thanks Mick Maxen for putting me back on the right path). I tried to split the forks from an 8 bar patternweld, but alas it was not to be. and I have a monstrous billet of not wavy enough patternweld that will make some lovely (big)seax.......

anyhow here is where I am at the present, the handle is to be wavy ash with a damascus spacer and buttcap.....The prong are wavy random lap welded onto a 3 bar patternweld and the core is the same with 4 bar and forge welded socket. hard to tell size from the pic but its big.....

 

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I have cleand the bits up and will HT and complete the clean up tomorow.....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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here is the split socket to mid point bar lap weld

 

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Neptune would be proud. That is a wicked thing. If the prongs are sharpened, that will be brutal. It will definitely draw attention, wherever it ends up. Be sure to put your mark where people can see it!

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Truly an appropriately heroic weapon in the making! Looking forward to seeing it come to completion.

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Too spiffy! I saw your boot toes as well and tried to guess the size of the trident, but had to make do with "damnedly big!" Great stuff.

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I have been polishing for a couple of days.....hard hard work on the arms.
24 120 240 400 grit almost there...
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getting there though
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here is the tip etched

 

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and the socket

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Nice touch on the pattern construction! ;)

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Nice touch on the pattern construction! ;)

 

cheers, all the tips are fish mouth welded.....

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I am working on the trident end cap, a rolled socket to have at the foot of the trident, high layer damascus. Rolled and forge welded:-


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Owen, may I ask, did you forge the socket piece to shape and welded it in the final shape, or did you weld it more in a form of tube and then forged it to a more conusoid shape? It looks lovely, and I love your swage block!

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Owen, may I ask, did you forge the socket piece to shape and welded it in the final shape, or did you weld it more in a form of tube and then forged it to a more conusoid shape? It looks lovely, and I love your swage block!

I forged the socket as a slight taper and then shut one end under the power hammer, this is not really a thin walled socket so I could "have at it"

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Its getting there:- just some leather round the central "connecting tube" and some pro photos......with a decent hat of course (this makes me look too short without a hat!)

 

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Awesome! That does call for a really good hat.

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Bloody brilliant that is!

Now if we could get a photo of you with the Trident together with Petr and his Trollslayer......

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Awesome! That does call for a really good hat.

 

I have a couple in the wings just for occasions like this....

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I like seeing how you put it all together. excellent stuff. Hope the hat helps set everything off nicely when you pose with this..

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