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Rob Toneguzzo

Broken Back Long Seax inspired War Knife WIP

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Greetings Fellows of the forge,

 

While I am waiting for the leather to get shipped to Darwin for the sheath to house my recently finished Seax I have been spending my time making wood carving chisels, gravers, punches and researching how these sheaths were constructed.

 

Well In my research I have viewed countless Seaxes both historical and recreations and have decided that I absolutely love the Broken Back style blades especially the Long pointy ones.

 

I also came across the Baltic style War Knives and after reading the Baltic War Knives thread in History I decided that These knives really interest me too especially their blade geometry.

 

So in the spirit of historically inspired things that “could have been” I decided to combine the wicked blade shape of the Broken Back Long Seax with the thin stabby blade geometry and handle of the Baltic/Gotlandic War Knife.

 

Here it is so far after a successful heat treat...now I am going to work out what handle material suits it best ( pictured with a rough fit of antler but I am undecided)

 

I then plan to put some of my newly made tools to use on the handle fittings.

 

The overall length including the tang is 57 cm with a blade length of 40cm

The spine is 7mm thick and 2.5cm wide at the base


It already has a wicked feel to it.

 

As always any and all feedback, critique, advice suggestions etc greatly appreciated 

 

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I don’t even have to read to the post to click the follow button.  All I saw was the picture, gonna be one heck of a blade! 

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I REALLY like that blade! I would keep it a little more historic with the handle if it where I, but its gonna be awesome either way! who knows, maybe it could have happened once. 

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Neat idea, Rob! I like the way its turning out. Really cool blade shape. 

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The smoke thickens...

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Thanks fellas and Alan, if that doesn’t create next level inspiration there is nothing that will.

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Dude. Rather, your dudliness. 

I am lovin' that blade. The slightly recurved/downturn edge? Yeah, I bet that feels wicked to hold.

I especially like the combination of the slight broken back and the length with the slender width. 

Nice combination of Baltic/AS flavor.

Things that should have been (J.A. LOOSE)

Smokin' man. Simply Smokin'

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Thanks Josh...Shine on you crazy diamond!

 

I did some shenanigans with some of the materials I have at hand ( horn, bronze and copper) and feel it is coming together though nothing is set in stone.

 

Still got to make copper spacers to fit between things and I will reassess how it looks

 

This is my least favourite bit but once done I can get on to some carving.

 

oh. When I’m done I think I will kill that pumpkin.

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That this is going to be sweet Rob!  Are you going to put a thin bronze spacer in the center between the two pieces of horn too?

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37 minutes ago, Alex Middleton said:

That this is going to be sweet Rob!

+1 on that.

+1 on the pumpkin idea as well!

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That is one sweet blade profile and the handle is gonna be icing on the cake  !!!!!!!!!!       B)

The punkin better git its affairs in order..........:D

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7 hours ago, Alex Middleton said:

That this is going to be sweet Rob!  Are you going to put a thin bronze spacer in the center between the two pieces of horn too?


Hi Alex, yes I will put a spacer but am still deciding on what but I think it will be Bronze too. 
 

Josh and Clifford..yes..That pumpkins got it coming!

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3 hours ago, Rob Toneguzzo said:

yes I will put a spacer but am still deciding on what

 

Some silver would look really nice as a spacer too! 

 

Looking really good man. Cant wait to see it finished. 

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I decided on a bronze spacer in the middle too and I thought I would sandwich the bronze pieces with thin copper spaces and have the bronze slightly countersunk and perhaps some kind of carving/engraving on the bronze as well as the horn. Here is a rough fit up. Still got 4 more spacers to make and the end cap.

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Handle glued up. Now just need to pien the tang and then work out the carving/engraving. This is an interesting build as just about everything I initially pictured in my head has slightly changed. Feels like this blade is telling me what it wants to be.

i ended up giving the rear of the handle a bit more swell as it feels so much better and secure.
With the handle on it has a nasty feel and with the thick spine it will be a fantastic stabber but I also get the feeling it will slice just as good.

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That horn handle is awesome.

 

Love the copper and brass as well... and the blade.

 

That's some fine work.

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