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Ben Potter
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PostPosted: Thu 15 Oct, 2009 6:22 pm    Post subject: Steel Tooth Seax         Reply with quote



Click on the image to go the the gallery page and see the specs. and more pictures.

Let me know what you think.

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Jean Thibodeau




PostPosted: Thu 15 Oct, 2009 7:56 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Really worth while going to the site and seeing all the close-ups of the carving as the pic in the Topic first post only hints at how nice this seax is. Wink Big Grin Cool
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PostPosted: Thu 15 Oct, 2009 9:01 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I think it's absolutely beautiful, is what I think.

I agree, Jean, the detail on the carving is exquisite.
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PostPosted: Fri 16 Oct, 2009 5:03 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very nice. I agree with the others, go to the site so you can see the detail. Your attention to detail is very impressive! Cool
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PostPosted: Fri 16 Oct, 2009 5:14 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Lovely piece. I'm not much into the viking era, but this is inspiring me to find out more.
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PostPosted: Fri 16 Oct, 2009 6:19 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Gorgeous! Is this piece available..?
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Jean Thibodeau




PostPosted: Fri 16 Oct, 2009 7:00 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

At some point in time I'm really going have to buy something from you. Wink Big Grin Cool

Looking at the hiking/walking sticks you made and a nice and heavy one with some of your carving would be tempting ....
very tempting !

I sort of have to take a breather on spending for a few months though as I just had to spend a good chunk of change to replace my computer after the hardrive got to be unreliable and I still have a few project outstanding to still pay for. Sad Wink

The design of the seax has nice lines also but I guess the carving makes it even more special. Cool

Just curious how thick is the blade and what is the distal taper like if any ? Your stats don't mention thickness of blade and it just seems to me that with "many/some " seax one would want a very stout blade at least near the handle/blade juncture ?
( Won't say guard because there isn't always a guard with a seax ).

Anyway, again, very nice work. Big Grin

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PostPosted: Fri 16 Oct, 2009 7:06 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very nice piece; I like how the piece is understated, with most of ones attention being drawn to the carving. Great job!
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Ben Potter
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PostPosted: Fri 16 Oct, 2009 8:15 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for all the kind words.

This piece was a commission (I was given the rough dimensions and free rein Big Grin ) so It is not available. I will be expanding my shop in the near future (so I can forge full length swords, and do pattern welding) But I am happy to take on commissions.

Jean,

Thanks for pointing that out, the blade is 3/16 at the bolster and just over 1/8 at the angle, it has an even taper all the way from the bolster to the tip , but the geometry of the tip keeps the back thicker, if that makes sense.

Ben Potter Bladesmith

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PostPosted: Sat 17 Oct, 2009 5:55 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Another stunning knife, up there with fierce friend & dragon braid! Thanks for sharing, & happy for you & lucky owner that its sold. Your knives are often spectacular - blades, wood hilts, imaginative wood carving & bolsters. Just wonderful work & often instantly attractive to me.

But fyi, with rare exceptions your scabbards/sheaths don't attract me (I like dunadan's). Subjective, I like tooled leather. An idea, fwiw as its your business (& artistry, how you like to create), wait until have a customer for knife? You could have a rough sketch of your sheath plan for discussion & to save time if customer likes.

I recently bought a seax from Michael P. & he made me a sheath I liked after email discussion. If he had pre-made a sheath I did not like, I would not have bought the seax. Fwiw, maybe its just me. Anyway, thanks again for sharing another super seax!
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Ben Potter
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PostPosted: Mon 19 Oct, 2009 10:22 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for the kind words,

Carl, That is an interesting Idea, I have to give that some thought.

Ben Potter Bladesmith

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PostPosted: Mon 19 Oct, 2009 9:07 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I received Steel Tooth today. The pictures do not do it justice. I am very pleased with the seax.

Ben - it was a pleasure doing business with you, and I look forward to future commissions!

- JESW
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PostPosted: Tue 20 Oct, 2009 11:31 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Glad to hear you are happy with it, I enjoyed doing this piece.
Ben Potter Bladesmith

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For any other man's,
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Of my work torn hands-

For I have chosen the path I tread
Knowing it would be steep,
And I will take the joys thereof
And the consequences reap.
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PostPosted: Thu 22 Oct, 2009 1:48 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Great work, Ben! Another outstanding blade.
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