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Scott Roush
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PostPosted: Mon 08 Oct, 2012 7:15 pm    Post subject: A Norse war knife and some axes         Reply with quote

This knife started out as a larger billet intended to be a single edged Viking sword. But I ran into issues with the edge material delaminating so I had to cut it down. I now have this and material for two more smaller saxes. It is wrought iron on the spine, 15n20/1084 twist.. 2 opposing bars and W2 edge. The grip is bird's eye maple with pewter poured into carved out recesses... a new technique for me. I had to do multiple pourings to fill all the spaces.. so you can see lines where this occurred. It is a 12" blade.

This knife is available for purchase. $600 with center seamed goatskin sheath.. or we can discuss a more involved sheath with fittings, etc at a higher price point.

Also.. I will provide more detailed pictures when this knife is truly done... Only one side of the knife is complete right now as I've been neurotic about how to do the grip. i.e. I originally had a bunch of rune carvings on the handle which I've since ground off.



I've also been forging axes. I've been studying some of Jim Austin's techniques for traditional forging of Viking era axes and these are my results. Very difficult with wrought iron! I had to employ the age old technique of melting cast iron into places where the wrought iron was too slaggy to stay together. Worked great!









This one was done to serve as a small carving/fine wood working axe:



And lastly.. A spear. 14" over all length. Forged from Aldo 1075:


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Scott Roush
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PostPosted: Mon 08 Oct, 2012 7:36 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Forgot this one:


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PostPosted: Mon 08 Oct, 2012 8:23 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Yours are quickly becoming my favorite posts. Just thought I'd share.
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PostPosted: Mon 08 Oct, 2012 11:09 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Scott, this is fine work! I especially like the war knife. Great lines and texture. Great character in this blade.

-You are seriously underpricing yourself, however.
Please take a minute and think about what that does to your identity as a maker and to the market as a whole.
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PostPosted: Tue 09 Oct, 2012 3:18 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

This is absolutely stunning.

Especially last picture reeks of Ye'Olde Time atmosphere.... Eek!
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PostPosted: Tue 09 Oct, 2012 3:38 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for the comments folks... It means a lot to me. This forum has a high standard and I strive to meet it.

Peter... I very much value your input on my work. You've helped me in the past and have been a huge inspiration and I absolutely DO NOT want to hurt the market in any way. But I must confess that I'm lost. I started this work by learning on my own in a very isolated part of the country with no formal training and no understanding of the world market beyond the internet. All I can say is that I would love to ask higher prices.. but I don't know where the market is. I just want to make swords and I don't know how to do it other than just making them and hoping they sell somehow. This is when I regret having to do this craft for a living. For me... it makes it so difficult to do the kind of work that I desperately want to do. There has never been anything as fulfilling to me as crafting these wonderful weapons.

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PostPosted: Tue 09 Oct, 2012 8:39 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The earthly look of your creations paired with your photography is just wonderfull Scott. Love seeing your work evolve.
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PostPosted: Tue 09 Oct, 2012 8:49 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Beautiful work Scott!
I love the knife and axes and the spear looks great too. You have an excellent eye for form.

"The only thing new in this world is the history we don't know."-Pres. Harry S. Truman

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Scott Roush
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PostPosted: Tue 09 Oct, 2012 1:09 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks again guys....

Here is another picture I forgot to add... a better view of the pattern weld:

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PostPosted: Wed 10 Oct, 2012 7:55 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Absolutely beautiful work man.
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All I can say is that I would love to ask higher prices.. but I don't know where the market is.

Keep turning out works of this caliber, and they will find you.

" I have found that it is very often the case that if you state some absolute rule of history, there will be an example, however extremely unusual, to break it."
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PostPosted: Fri 12 Oct, 2012 7:09 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks a lot for the nice note... :-)
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PostPosted: Sun 14 Oct, 2012 2:05 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That sax is absolutely beautiful, one of the prettiest I've ever seen. If I had the money to spare, I'd snap it up in a second (and maybe one of the axes along with it).
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PostPosted: Sun 14 Oct, 2012 3:26 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you Neil...

I just sand cast some pewter fittings for a scabbard for this. Casting is fun... can't wait to get into bronze.

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