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Michael Pearce
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PostPosted: Fri 20 Nov, 2009 10:16 am    Post subject: New hand-sax         Reply with quote

Overall Length: 17 inches
Blade Length: 12-1/8 inches
Blade width @ Base: 1-1/16 inches
Blade Thickness @ Base: .210 inch (no real distal taper until the point)
Hilt Overall Length: 4-7/8 inches
Center of Gravity: 2 inches from guard
Location of Blade Node (measured from Guard): 22-1/2 inches
Weight: 13 oz
Hand-sax in the style of the Late Migration or early Viking Era. Blade is differentially Tempered 5160 spring steel, hardened to approx 58-60 HRc at te edge and 45-48 HRc at the spine, shoulder and tang. Edge bevels are convez and ground to a 'zero-edge.' The tang extends for the entire length of the handle but does not connecttothe butt-plate. The bolster is of mild steel and is sealed to the blade with low-temperture silver-solder. The handle is Osage Orange wood and is firmly epoxied in place. The butt-plate is secured by two iron nails and there is a separate brass lanyard loop that protrudes through the center of the butt-plate. The scabbard is 6-7 oz. top grain vegetable-tanned leather and is dyed brown. The upper edge os the scabbard is reinforced by a brass channel and is secured by several brass rivets. The circular suspension rings are made from 1/8 inch cold-formed brass rod and are very sturdy.
The butt-plate is inspired by fragmentary bone handles associated with knives of this period from Sweden. This is a sturdy, utilitarian knife.
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