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Vimose bog seax interpretation.


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This has been more than a little while in the making, i think about 2 years now? I got the bug when Raymond Luebke posted his heptseax here three years ago, from there it was a hop skip and a jump in research and i found the vimose bog seaxes and fell in love with them. I did some research, asked a lot of questions and settled on a blade with little to no distal taper, about 1.5" wide, by a little under 24" long, 1075 steel for the material, with a 100+ year old cut walnut for the slabs. Its been a long road, with a lot of learning, but i would not trade it for anything. Thanks to Chris Price for putting up with me, Sam Salvati for helping me heat treat it, and the rest of you who have been pestered with incessant questions.

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I bet that had some serious weight to it. I like it quite a bit, and I love that walnut. Easily my favorite wood to work with.

I know what you are saying in regards to it being a rough road but being glad of every step. I felt the same when I made my first (and as of yet, only) gladius. It was bigger, wider and more complex than anything I had done thus far. I cursed, I cried, but in the end it was totally worth it.

Well done.

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It is just under 2lbs, but due to the lack of taper its one hell of a chopper, but from what i researched some of these had taper others did not.

 

Thanks JJ

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nice. Is the recurve based on any particular historical example? How did you settle upon the short(er) slab handle construction?

I like it a great deal. How hot did you temper it?

 

edited - damn, hope you don't mind all of the questions.

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Kevin given how much i pestered about this i don't mind at all, actually the recurve is an artefact of the quench, Sam quenched this in parks 50 for me spine first, and the recurve just formed. Initially i had a little bit of sori, so I am guessing a vertical quench might have been better. I didn't base it on any particular artefact but other images on this forum hint at a slight recurve, not sure if that is a result of constant sharpening or forming that way. As for the slab handles, i don't care for the full wrap around style associated with this, so i wanted to settle on something in between. I took the blade up to 500 or so several times.

 

and hey being asked questions helps me learn as much as asking questions

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Well my next projects are messers, one kreigsmesser, and one close to the marxbruders messers you see running around.

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