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Don Halter
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Location: Bryan, TX
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PostPosted: Thu 25 Mar, 2004 10:57 am    Post subject: Howdy!         Reply with quote

Just wanted to introduce myself. I've been on the mailing list for a while, but didn't realize there was a forum here! Looks like a neat place and I'm looking forward to participating. I'm a part-time knifemaker and armourer located in central Texas. My favorites are Viking and Saxon arms and armour, specifically seaxes. Of course, lately I've become addicted to doing japanese style tantos!
Don "Krag" Halter
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Jeremy Scott Steimel




Location: Champaign, IL
Joined: 24 Jan 2004

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PostPosted: Thu 25 Mar, 2004 11:09 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Sounds great, Don! Got any examples [pics+stats] of your work to share? We love our eye-candy. Wink
Dum spiro, spero
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Don Halter
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Location: Bryan, TX
Joined: 25 Mar 2004

Posts: 94

PostPosted: Thu 25 Mar, 2004 12:47 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Here's my seax page:
http://www.100megsfree3.com/kragaxe/as/saex/Saex.html

I have one I just finished last week for someone with a patternwelded blade and caribou/wrought iron handle that I'll upload some pics for tonight. It's my understanding it'll be sent to Christian Fletcher for a scabbard/sheath once the owner has it.

Here's a couple of my japanese ones:
(click for larger photo)

W1 tool steel, claycoated water quenched


1084, claycoated, water quenched

And a more fantasy/modern styled medieval-ish dagger:
warren's dagger
closeup of gaurd
5160 blade, rosewood handle with 440 SS and brass fittings

Upcoming projects....
I have some 2000+ layer billets I want to make some Japanese blades from and I'm currently building an early Anglo-Saxon iron smelting furnace to play around with this summer. I have a couple hundred pounds of pure iron oxide powder to start with Big Grin . I collect axe heads and early knive blades and I'll be making some replicas based on these starting this summer...maybe I have a nice haft-axe (~1300?)in excellent shape, several carpenter's axes (~1550-1600) and about 40 small seaxes and similar knives in "as-dug" condition...ie, pretty gnarly! Dates are estimated based on what they were found with. I work at a university where we have a neat archaeology group which has been really helpful in helping me conserve some of these. I'm trying to pull some strings to get some of the axes AMS carbon dated ( or at least date the charcoal used to make the steel Wink ). Of course, we just had another baby, so shop time has been severely restricted!

edited...here's the latest seax: A pattern welded. caribou handled one with complete "how-to" for the whole thing

Mark's seax

Don "Krag" Halter


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Joe Fults




Location: Midwest
Joined: 02 Sep 2003

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PostPosted: Thu 25 Mar, 2004 7:25 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Welcome to here!
"Our life is what our thoughts make it"
-Marcus Aurelius

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
-John F. Kennedy
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Jon C. Webb




Location: Ada, OK
Joined: 14 Oct 2003

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PostPosted: Sat 27 Mar, 2004 8:23 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Don,
Welcome. I really enjoyed reading your photo=essay about forging Mark's Seax: an education in pattern-welding. My father's family are from Bryan. Maybe I can commission a Saxon blade from a "homeboy" Wink
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