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Seax Knife Making Kit with Handle Materials

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Width:
10.00 (cm)
Height:
4.00 (cm)
Depth:
30.00 (cm)
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  • Seax Knife Making Kit with Handle Materials
  • Seax Knife Making Kit with Handle Materials
  • Seax Knife Making Kit with Handle Materials
  • Seax Knife Making Kit with Handle Materials
  • Seax Knife Making Kit with Handle Materials
  • Seax Knife Making Kit with Handle Materials
  • Seax Knife Making Kit with Handle Materials
  • Seax Knife Making Kit with Handle Materials
  • Seax Knife Making Kit with Handle Materials
  • Seax Knife Making Kit with Handle Materials
$149.00
  • this block has been wetted to show the grain structure better

Description

Seax Knife Making Kit with Handle Materials, Carbon Steel

Hand made in Australia at Hillbilly Forge in NSW, these seax blades in Carbon Steel have a realistic, solid feel to them! Heavy at 4 mm thick with a sharp Scandi edge and a long, pointy tip these really look the part.

Made from 4 mm carbon steel (52100 grade), with the characteristic seax shape highest at the "broken back" where the tip meets the spine.

The Kit consists of:

  • Seax Blade in 52100 Carbon Steel
  • Handle block in solid Bog Oak, reclaimed from European bogs (or select Curly Birch in Super Grade from Scandinavia)
  • 30 mm piece of reindeer antler for use as bolster or spacer in the handle

These are hand made one by one and each blade is individually unique, but the rough measurements are blade length 190 mm, height at highest point 39 mm and 33 mm where the tang starts. The blades have a rough and rustic finish with parts of the forge scale, scratches or very light surface rust visible. They are sharp and ready for handle, or you can further sand and polish the blade if wanting a less rustic look.

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 "kn1fe", 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.  

Today the Seax is largely unknown outside of the re-enactors network and other students of early European history.

This kit can be completed with hand tools but made easier if having a cordless drill, a belt sander or wood rasp and files, as well as a clamp or two, sand paper as well as Epoxy (araldite for instance) for gluing up the handle.

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