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WIP Multi-bar seax

Caleb Budd

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This is my first adventure into the world of multi billet pattern welding, and I expect not my last. The layers are as follow, for the spine it is some wrought iron gifted to me by a friend for this specific project, the middle is about 10 layers of 15n20 and 1084 twist and the edge bar is some wonderful W2 gifted to me by Dave Stephens. The construction may be new to me but I picked a familiar style for the blade, that being the seax. With a rough idea of wanting to do a Frankish narrow seax I set to work, the photos follow the the basic outline of my steps. First getting all the pieces tig welded together then actually forge welding them, next the blade was roughed out (bottom) and lastly the most recent shot of a test etch done on it by my friend and collaborator Michael Bergstrom. The blade has already been handed off to him in preparation for him starting the handle. 
I hope y'll enjoy it! and I can't wait to be posting photos when they get in of the handle.





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Looks good to me. I would probably have gone for more twists but then again I usually go too far and twist a bar in half. Can’t wait to see it finished up!

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Well done, Caleb! Any multi-bar that you forge entirely by hand is an accomplishment. 


I agree with Oberu, tighter twists next time. Just remember, keep the steel HOT when you're twisting tight. Keep it near welding heat. 


Tight twists will enhance the look of the low layers.


Keep at it!





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That's about the same shape of the 3-bar seax I'm making. What are your blade measurements?


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