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Viking knife

jake cleland

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Been playing with this between other projects. Blade is wrought iron with a silver steel edge - lots of fun to forge as I have wrought in 5/16ths square, and silver steel in 3/8ths round, so I cut a length of each, forge the steel square, grind a clean face on each piece, and basically set the weld with tongs in the forge, do a single pass with a hammer, and forge the blade. The whole process done in under an hour. Handle is poplar burl, which unfortunately doesn't like being carved too much, with copper guard plate and space, carved bog oak bolster, and a leather washer between the copper and poplar for contrast. Still needs a final polish, and maybe a copper butt plate, bail and ring, as well as a sheath, but I quite like it...


poplar viking wip 11.jpg


poplar viking wip 12.jpg


anyway, let me know what you think...

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I like it. If you go with the butt plate, bale, etc. then it will be a very fancy knife. I think you did a great job, and it harkens to another time!


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“Years ago I recognized my kinship with all living things, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on the earth. I said then and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it; while there is a criminal element, I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.” E. V. Debs

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