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Eitr seax of King Eric Bloodaxe.

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The seax of the viking king Eric Haraldsson (Eric Bloodaxe).

The seax wes forged of the best bloomery iron and the steel for the cutting edge is extremely tough. King Eric Bloodaxe collected the eitr from Jörmungandr himself. The blade was quenched in the eitr and it is embedded in the steel. The slightest nick from this blade is lethal. 

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I got started on this project today and came up with a little story line to it but i dont have much of an imagination but i wanted to include norway somehow because it is a big part of my lineage. So i did some research on Norwegian kings and included King Eric Bloodaxe. I have the wrought iron drawn down and have been working on the  steel for the cutting edge. This will be a multi bar construction of twisted wrought-mascus for the spine and 1060 for the cutting edge. I might use something a little higher in carbon but i want something really tough for the cutting edge. I will get some pictures of everything soon.

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3 bars of wrought iron (possibly shear steel) 20180718_123716.jpg

And 3 more bars of different wrought ironand the one big bar is 1060 and the smaller one on top of it is some 1095 i might incorporate into the blade somehow.20180718_123712.jpg

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16 minutes ago, Conner Michaux said:

What is  eitr if I may ask?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eitr

Eitr is a mythical substance in Norse mythology. This liquid substance is the origin of all living things: the first giant Ymir was conceived from eitr. The substance is supposed to be very poisonous and is also produced by Jörmungandr (the Midgard serpent) and other serpents.

Wikipedia

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I was jammin Metallica earlier after I read this

and this popped in my head lol.

Enter Bloodaxe:

Say your prayers, Haraldson 

For it must be done 

To include everyone

 

Crafts of war 

Serpent's eyes

Blade from venom's life 

Jörmangandr's suprise! (Yeah)

 

Sleep with both eyes open 

Unless you wish to die!

 

Eitr knife!

Bane of life!

Bloodaxe blade!

From serpent venom it was made!

 

I just thought I'd share my enthusiasm for the concept :lol:

I like it! Look in forward to see what you do. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Very creative. Thanks for sharing! Metallica has always been one of my favorites!

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The handle will be ipe and black locust and some copper fittings.20180724_132500.jpg

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:ph34r:

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Well i ha e to weld this up with a hillbilly forge. Actually it is the first forge i built. I used this thing for about a year before i switched to propane. But with the motor on my solid fuel forge taking a crap this it what i will use.

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I knew there was a reason i didnt scrap this thing.

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False alarm with the coal forge. I oiled everything up and cleaned all the borax from around the grate and everythung is working fine. Hopefully everything welds up good.20180725_115226.jpg

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There is one delam on one side in the middle and the other delamination in the "white" iron is the wrought itself not a weld. I quenched it in water and it didnt fall apart so it should work out.

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This delam looks like the result of uneven hammering when setting the weld. I say this just because the layers look so wavy. I like to use the heaviest hammer with the biggest face I have when I weld. Overlap your blows and work from one end to the other. The first heat is crucial, because after that flux squirts out; oxygen tries to get in there. And so does scale. Remember light firm blows first. Imagine you are pushing the steel together. Take your time in a hurry.

Note how the delam happened on the steel to steel weld. Wrought iron loves to weld to steel. More so than steel to steel I believe. 

Lookin good! 

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The steel is wrought with some carbon or possibly shear steel. So it still has the all the same properties as wrought.

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This is the material i used for the dark stuff

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There wavy also because none of the layers were forged equal and i ground deeper into parts of them tryimg to get all the scale and hammer marks out and the billet started off with some gaps between layers

I should have gotten a picture of the starting billet. You guys would have laughed.

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Maybe this will give you an idea how ugly it was.20180725_1236491.jpg

Im curious if the longer pieces on the left welded because if it did it was from grabbing it with the tongs.

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After trying to grind the hammer mark out and already having a taper it developed a major taper. So i left this one out. So this is the reason why i had the 2 dark pieces in the center. Im definitely investing in a surface grinder in the future to make perfectly flat pieces of steel

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I am dedicating tomorrow to finishing my power hammer. I physically cannot hammer this much material out. Everyone  i know that would work as a striker is too busy to help. :( I think me and my friend can get the hammer finished tomorrow. Then its game on.:D

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Can i ask for another week or so? With a little fore time i can get this thing done. I would understand if you guys want to move forward with this though.

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I'm up for it.  I'll offer a final hard deadline of August 12th.  Zeb, Wesley, what do you guys think?

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1 hour ago, Alex Middleton said:

I'm up for it.  I'll offer a final hard deadline of August 12th.  Zeb, Wesley, what do you guys think?

I'm down for whatever. I can wait however long you guys would like I'm a very patient dude. @Wesley Alberson what do you think? 

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I really don't want Jeremy to rush his power hammer build, making a power hammer is more important to a bladesmith than any KITH. Lets set the deadline to the 12th, but don't break your back trying to finish everything on time. KITH isn't supposed to be stressful, and there is always the next one.

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