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Long solid horn for seax hilts


Jeroen Zuiderwijk
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We know that the hilt of the hunting knife of Charlemagne is of horn and 22cm in length:291938930_5251549411591021_3249389233315857821_n.jpg

 

Also it appears that horn was a common material used on anglo-saxon hilts. But where do you get a solid piece of horn that long and straight nowadays? If you look online, the solid horn tips you usually find are all much shorter, and then you have the part of the tip that's too narrow and bends to deal with.

 

Recently I came across this youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAxCsA19xLQ&t=3s Not only did it show that you could bend solid horn tips (I knew thin plates could be shaped, but didn't realize it also works for solid horn), but that he uses solid horn tips of 38-45cm in length! Apparently Indian waterbuffalo horn can have solid tips that long. But finding them online took quite a bit of searching.

 

I've managed to find one source on Etsy that has solid horn tips of sufficient length: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1154781738/buffalo-horn-tip-section-cavity-free or the complete horns: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1215340715/water-buffalo-horn-70-to-85-cm-water I've ordered one of each. The best of the two is the complete horn, which has a solid tip of over 40cm. The tip I got is a bit shorter, and has some cracks in it. I may still yield a hilt, but I'll use it as practice piece to straigthen it. It will probably be years before I get around to it, but at least I have the material for when I need it.

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Jeroen Zuiderwijk

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It wouldn't be solid all the way through, but I bet it wouldn't take much to find an Oryx horn that would work perfectly.

There are differences between cow and bull Oryx horns which would make one or the other easier to get a suitable piece from, but guestimating from the photo I believe most Oryx horns should still be solid far enough back from the tip to get that diameter.

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