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Owen Bush
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PostPosted: Thu 20 May, 2010 4:40 am    Post subject: sheer steel "woden's river" seax blade .         Reply with quote

I have for sale another seax blade .
this one however is a little different ! It is the first blade Iam selling from my "west Kentish saxon hoard!"
The blade is a 3 part construction with alternating layers of wrought iron and sheer steel on the spine (I have left the spine 'as forged" up to the hump and finished towards the tip ) , below the wrought/sheer steel is a two bar "woden's river" pattern in modern steel (15n20 cs70) and a sheer steel edge .
The sheer steel is made from faggot welded wrought iron that has been "cooked " in a sealed crucible with dung leather and charcoal dust . this blister steel is then welded together and folded (4 times in this case) and hardned into hot oil . The edge scated a file upon hardening , and was tempered to 200 C. I have no idea of the Rc as I cant test wedge shaped blades in my hardness tester . I have made some other blades from the stufff and it seems to perform Ok .
The sheer steel is an interesting material to work with and has great "Hada" for want of a more saxon word.
The blade is a heavy one 375 gramm and at 15 inches long (19 over all) would perform well as a general use blade. Blade is thickest at the Hump of the broken back where it is 41mm by 6mm .
I am looking for 250 for this blade , It will make a fine seax .
If you are interested in a finished seax using this blade i am happy to quote on a finished seax , however i am booked up until September also I am happy to send this to a cutler of your choice for finishing ( I would recommend Tod)

Here is one side



and the other


and a close up


forging soul into steel .

www.owenbush.co.uk the home of bushfire forge school of smithing .
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Jeremiah Swanger




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PostPosted: Thu 20 May, 2010 10:29 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Seaxy!

Very intriguing!

"Rhaegar fought nobly.
Rhaegar fought valiantly.
Rhaegar fought honorably.
And Rhaegar died."

- G.R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire
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Owen Bush
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PostPosted: Tue 25 May, 2010 2:35 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

This blade is now sold .
Many thanks Owen

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