Chris sent us some photos of this really nice Seax knife he has made with a blade from Hillbilly Forge, Bog Oak and Reindeer Antler.
This blade is modelled on the "broken back seax" mostly found in England and Ireland but some examples were also found in Germany, from the 800-1100 period. "Seax" in Old English meant "knife", used across Europe and is the origin of the name for the people Saxons. The Seax was carried in a horisontal sheath on the belt, with the edge upwards.
The handle is in Bog Oak and reindeer antler and with a brass guard and mosaic pins. Bog Oak is oakwood that has been buried in a peat bog for hundreds or sometimes thousands of years. The extremely low oxygen conditions of the bog protect the wood from normal decay, while the underlying peat provides acidic conditions where iron salts and other minerals react with the tannins in the wood, gradually giving it a distinct dark brown to almost black color.