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Serpent Core Seax

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I'm working on mounting this serpent core broken back seax blade I forged last year. Blade has a silver steel edge bar, then a bar of wrought iron. Core is two bars of low contrast twist with a 15n20 trim, set in high Mn mild, and there's another strap of wrought on top. Handle is burr elm, with a horn and bone bolster:

 

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I'm wondering if the flare on the butt end of the handle is too much? What do you think?

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That's absolutely beautiful, Jake.

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I see what you mean, but I like it.  Keep it!

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It does have a fat ass, but it looks good Jake! - Since no handles really seem to have survived from the originals, they might all have been 'fuller figured' :)

 

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I agree with the "keep it" opinion.

There must have been some sort of flare on the handle heel in the originals. Possibly, a slight flare toward the front as well. Broomsticks, do not make good knife handles.

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I think that the swell at the butt of the handle will make the knife more controllable and with most seax blades having the organic parts rotted away it's hard to say that it's historically incorrect.  It's hard to prove a negative.  BTW, I love the choice of woods and the blade looks good too.

 

Doug

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Well, opinion was split between here and facebook, but I decided to take a bit of the flare out, and I think I'm happier with it now

 

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I also riveted the sheath fittings. Now I need to design and lay out the carving, 'cause I realised the initial design I had was not going to work in  this wood, having carved a version of it an antler and another in olive...

 

 

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Spent a couple of nights carving the handle of this one, and it's getting pretty close to what I originally envisioned when I started forging it:

 

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Really nice work, Jake.  Burled woods are not easy to carve cleanly.

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Good  looking piece you have right there. 

 

Love the shape. 

 

Thanks for sharing.

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That looks magnificent 

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Apart from the obvious skill, I deeply admire the guts it takes to start carving on a handle that beautiful (and done by my standards :D)

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 Your carving is always outstanding.  Good work.

 

Doug

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