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Small Pattern-Welded Bloomery Steel Viking Seax with Spalted Beech handle & leather sheath

Small Pattern-Welded Bloomery Steel Viking Seax with Spalted Beech handle & leather sheath

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Hand-forged Small Pattern-welded Bloomery Steel Viking Seax with Beech handle & leather sheath

Blade Material: 1095 Carbon Steel, bloomery steel and 400 year old Wrought Iron
Handle Material: Spalted Beech
Blade Length: 63mm
Tang Style: Hidden partial tang
Blade Spine Thickness: 3mm
Handle Length: 104mm
Total knife length: 170mm

This knife is a very small Viking style seax, based on archaelogical finds from sites around the British Isles and Scandinavia. The pattern welded blade is made from antique (400 year old) wrought iron for the spine, a core that is 15N20 and Bloomery steel twisted together and a 1095 carbon steel cutting edge. As was common amongst early medieval knives, the blade has a hidden partial tang that has been burnt into the handle for a perfect friction fit.

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 handle has then been sealed and waterproofed with a layer of beeswax from our own apiaries.

This knife comes with a Scandinavian puukko style sheath made from 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.


Shipping & Returns

All bladed items will be send with Royal Mail 48hr Delivery with Age Verification.

International orders will be sent with UPS.


Care Instructions

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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  • Age Verification (18+ ONLY)

    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.

    Notification of return of item(s) must be made by phone or email within seven days of receipt of the item(s).

    All items must be returned in an unused condition, well packaged and sent using an insured trackable postage method with a copy of the relevant receipt.

    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.