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New (Old) Seax

Mike Lake

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Hello Everyone!


First I'd like to apologize as I have not been active on this forum in quite some time; I spent the last 6 years finishing my degree in jewelry/metalsmithing, working as a goldsmith, then moving to the Midwest to get my MFA in metalsmithing, with the last few years dedicated to sculptural work and teaching. However, now that the world is effectively shut down, I've been finishing up old projects that have been languishing in my tool box; this old seax blade being one of them.


The seax itself is nothing special, I forged the blade maybe 5 or 6 years ago and if I can recall I'm pretty sure that its 1095. I've tried to hilt it several times over the years, but nothing ever felt quite right. I think I can finally call it done with this simple hilt.


Specs are:

Blade- 1095

Hilt- Bronze, Briar, Maple, Oak

Total Length: 13.5″ (34.3 cm)

Blade Length: 8.375″ (21.27 cm)

Hilt Length: 5.125″ (13 cm)

Blade Width at Bolster: 3/16″ (4.8 mm)


Also, I'm terribly sorry for the cheesy sheepskin photograph; I'm currently in between places right now and its the only thing I have that's somewhat uniform in color :blink:





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I like it. Sometimes the whole "fusion" thing misses me. But, this looks good, and the hamon is an interesting touch which could have been on originals and just not polished to emphasize. 


Glad you are back (I sort of drifted away, too.). keep posting. 


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I like it. Very pretty knife. I also like putting the Hamon on a Seax. It is an easy way to approximate the two-bar composite (iron and steel) found in a lot of old pieces.

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Looks like it's time to mention again the articles in which a collector hired a Japanese sword-polisher to open a window on both a broadsax and a spatha.  Being shallow-hardening steels with strong wedge section, of course they had hamon.  They just were not polished to show.








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