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Hand-forged Norse style Seax with Wych Elm & Bog Yew Handle

Hand-forged Norse style Seax with Wych Elm & Bog Yew Handle

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Hand-forged Norse style Seax with Bog Yew & Wych Elm Handle

Blade Material: Fire-welded composite blade, forged from Tudor period Wrought Iron (approx. date 1640) spine and W1 cutting edge
Handle Material: Ancient Bog Yew and Welsh Wych Elm Burl
Blade Length: 195mm
Tang Style: Full hidden tang
Blade Thickness: 3.5mm
Handle Length: 125mm
Total knife length: 322mm

This knife is a narrow blade, Norse-style seax based on archaelogical finds from sites around the British Isles and Scandinavia. The blade has been forged from old wrought iron, reclaimed from steel window bars from a Tudor building constructed in 1640 and W1 tool steel from old Sheffield engineering files. In accordance with historical examples of Viking age knives, the blade has a thick spine with a triangular V shape taper to the cutting edge. The old iron steel been lightly etched to reveal the longitudinal striations of the different layers from the original forging/folding process. It has a traditional full hidden tang construction, with the tang burnt through the wood for a friction fit, then the end of the tang secured by folding it over The stacked handle is made from English Bog Yew and Welsh Wych Elm Burl.

After being carved into shape, the handle has been hand-sanded and rubbed with several coats of boiled linseed oil to protect the wood. The wood has then been sealed and waterproofed with a layer of beeswax from our own apiaries.

This knife comes with a tooled Viking-style sheath made from thick veg-tan cow leather, hand-sewn with artificial sinew, and sealed with beeswax and linseed oil.

 

 

All my knives are forged by hand using traditional bladesmithing methods at Willslock Forge in Staffordshire, England. Each knife has been forged from high carbon steel. I usually use either 1080, 01 or 1095, and sometimes antique historical steels such as crucible steel or shear steel.

I usually forge as close to finish as possible, creating the knife shape and setting the bevels on the anvil. For all of my historical work, my aim is to make my knives with minimal use of power tools, and I take a lot of inspiration from historical knifemaking and smithing techniques.

The handles are all carved by hand and made from locally sourced wood, bone and antler - I avoid using any plastics, resins or synthetic materials.  Wherever I can, I try to repurpose salvaged and upcycled materials in order to create beautiful new knives and tools.  I usually leave a brut de forge, or forge finish, on most of my blades because I like that the hammer marks tell the story of the knife's creation on the anvil, and the forge finish differentiates the knife from all the mass-produced, factory made knives out there.


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In order to keep your blade in top working condition make sure to wipe & dry after use and occasionally apply mineral oil to protect the steel/iron. The wood and leather can

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    As per the UK Offensive Weapons Act 2019 all knife purchases must be age verified before the item can be dispatched. Photo ID is required to confirm that the customer is above 18 years of age. All bladed items will also be sent with Royal Mail Age Verified Service.

  • Return Policy

    If your items are damaged or faulty upon receipt you must notify me within seven days so I can arrange a repair or replacement.

    You have the right to return faulty items for a full refund, including postage, within a seven day period.

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    Return postage will not be refunded if the goods are
    not faulty.

    If the item is damaged or has been used I reserve the right to make a charge for the damage or repair.