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Recently there has been a lot of love for the seax here on the forum. I can't even say how much I enjoy that, because they are certainly my favorite and most loved sort of knife to create and to see. It is a wonderful thing to see this old object being given new life and being imagined and reimagined by so many talented and hard working smiths. It is a beautiful weapon and tool that grows stronger and more real as each new smith begins to learn the proportions and the tapers that make these objects sing!

 

So I humbly present the recent work I have made and say long live the seax!

 

 

First up is a seax I started over the summer at Nate Runals place and finished at home. It was quenched in water on the solstice, which aligned with the full moon. First successful water quench I've ever had, and with modern steel to boot. The steels are 15n20 and 1075 with wrought iron for the spine. The handle is moose and maple with a silver wire wrap.

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Second is a blade I started the Wednesday before driving to Ashokan. I used two failed pieces of a twist bar and kind of matched them, adding a high layer edge bar and a wrought spine. I heat treated on Thursday and burned in the handle, then polished and assembled on Friday. This one is with my buddy Luke Shearer for finishing!

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Next is a sheath I made for a beautiful knife Zeb Deming made. That man is a wizard with steel and I was happy to make a sheath for this knife that I now own.

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Next is a very special milestone for me. This next seax is made of all home made steel that I've made by the light of the full moon. The edge bar is hearth refined steel with some auto hamon and the twist is some of the same material just less refined. The spine is iron and so is the tang. This is the first pattern welded blade I have made entirely from home made material and represents a huge leap forward in my understanding of this material. The steel and iron have been made with friends all over the east coast and has a lot of special material in it, from some Vista Cruiser parts, to some Viking Age knives, to some home made material thrown in by others. It has a lot of soul, and I hope I was able to bring that out in the polish and the etch.

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Last but not least is one I finished yesterday. It is a knife I forged as a demo piece on multibar welding for a summer class I taught at my college over the summer. The blade I ground and polished then, and it sat for a few months waiting for inspiration. I found some beautiful maple in a box that a friend had cut down from a tree a few towns over, and used some moose antler and got to work. I had originally come up with the design for the carving for use in a hair pin, but decided to borrow it for this knife. The honey comb motif is one I am very happy to have had occasion to use, and the wood carving is the bastardized son of watching Jake Powning's Arctic Fire demo and seeing Dave DelaGardelle give me a carving tutorial over the summer. The garnet inlay is something I have wanted to do for a long time, and this seemed like the right project for it!

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Anyway I hope you guys enjoy what I've made over the last while and I hope people keep posting more seaxes! :D

 

Edited by Emiliano Carrillo
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I really like the silver wire binding. You can develop this and take it further. It makes for a very nice detail with material contrast.

 

I also very much like the twin torsion rods that make a, ear of wheat in the blade. That is such a good detail.

Keep up the good work!
:-)

Looking forward to see what you come up with next.

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Beautiful pieces indeed. Keep up Seaxing!

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I have been blown away by all the great seax work lately. Beautiful blades Emiliano!

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Man you've been creating content at such a rate and style lately that its really inspiring. And your attitude about it is so great too. Its obvious across the internet and especially in person that you're totally doing it just for the joy that it brings and I think that really shows through in the thoughtfulness you put into your work.

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Well Done!

I made a seax and a dagger that I quenched at a full moon on the solstice a few years ago.

 

The seax was not carved and all that. I was very new at smithing, and nowhere near as talented as you (damn natural ability)!

 

The dagger went to a friend who dabbles in witchcraft. The seax, to a dentist who collects my work. Who knows what they do while we are out in their chairs, right?

 

Great work. Natural talent is a good thing, when it occurs in a persn who is friendly and humble like you. I see way too many snobs in my professional life. It is refreshing that the best bladesmiths don't act as if they are different from anyyone else. Many of the best scientist live in a dream world. Surrounded by their student/acolyte/fans.

 

I'm not jealous. I'm not. Not me. Nope.

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I have been following on IG and I absolutely love these.

 

I hope when I grow up I have half the skill you do!

 

 

-Gabriel

 

(yes, I know I am 41, but a man can dream can't he?)

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Nice work, Emiliano. Love the blade and the honeycomb. ;0

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Man, I'm loving every bit of this. Amazing work!

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by the way, how did you do the honeycomb - i.e., is there any special trick or was it just carving with chisel?

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I am blown away by all of the kind words everyone! It is an incredible thing to get such great feedback from artists and craftsmen who I respect so much.

 

Peter! I think I probably stole the silver wire binding from you! The execution was inspired by an original Jeff had, which used channels carved into the handle to connect the wire sections on the handle, it's quite interesting! I will endevour to take this further and keep you in the loop! You posting your seax was one of the things that inspired me to post these pieces!

 

Thank you Francesco! I am glad to see that you've found this forum! You'll find it is an amazing group of people and craftsmen. I attribute almost all of the learning I have done in this craft to the group of amazing people here on the forum.

 

Thank you Guy! It is a great historical style of blade, I am happy others share my appreciation for their form!

 

Thanks Alan! We hosted a party here at home a few weeks ago and I missed your moonshine greatly, though stories of it were passed along!

 

Thank you Josh! Your work is some of what has inspired me to carry on making them, especially your carving and attention to detail! The stories that accompany blades like this are what separate them from their historical counterparts. I could use period materials and do it all the old way (like the one in this post) and without the story of its creation, it is just another piece of weird steel someone made! The context that we lose in the historical and archaeological record is the context that makes our work as modern craftsmen shine I think! It is important not to forget.

 

Thanks Wes! You know if you still wanna do a collaboration... ;) I would welcome the chance to work with you on one!

 

Thank you Luke! I really appreciate that coming from you! One of the things I see very often is that work from you and the other goobers pushes me to try something new! Like the carving in the garnet blade! I'm thankful for guys like you that keep me honest and working harder!

 

Thanks Joshua! I do have some itch cream lying around here somewhere... :lol:

 

Thanks Kevin! The intentionality of the craft is one of the things that captivates me! You could quench a blade on a Tuesday after getting some lunch and it would be just the same quality, but it's the small magic that we add into each piece that makes it alive! There may be a small bit of natural ability in there, but there's also a lot of throwing myself into a project that is too big, that's the way to get better, to force yourself to accomplish something you thought you couldn't! There's no room in life to be a snob! We're all thrust into this big crazy place together, the least we can do is try to be genuine! As far as being one of the best, not yet! But I really appreciate the words :) Also! The honey comb was done with a tiny cone shaped dremel bit. I got the hint from Petr! They are fantastic for carving, and allow you to get a huge amount of detail. Antler here often has such a weird grain to it that I hesitate to carve it the old fashioned way because I've gotten pretty bad chipping before. If you like I can send you a picture of the burr I use for everything!

 

Thanks Matt! Means a lot coming from you!

 

George! Thanks brother! Now I just have to get my sheaths looking as good as yours!

 

Thanks Gabriel! I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to show you any of the stuff I had with me at Ashokan! Timing conspired against us unfortunately, but next time there will be time for drinks and a bit of show and tell proper!

 

Thanks Jul! It's funny how motifs like that can change the whole feel of a piece.

 

Thanks Collin! I appreciate it! Now get that Beowulf seax finished I wanna see it! :D

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