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Ben Potter
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PostPosted: Tue 20 May, 2014 10:47 am    Post subject: Wolf Seax         Reply with quote

Blade by Owen Bush
Fittings by Ben Potter




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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Harry Marinakis




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PostPosted: Tue 20 May, 2014 8:07 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That's my baby! It's wonderful, thanks Ben.
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PostPosted: Tue 20 May, 2014 8:29 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That is gorgeous! Eek! Any chance for a pic of it in the scabbard? Also, I would love to see how this will be hung on a belt... Will you tie leather thong through the wire or just lace a thin belt through? Would love to see pics of it hanging from a belt too.... Congrats to you both on an excellent piece!
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PostPosted: Wed 21 May, 2014 4:48 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I haven't decided how to sling it. I might sew or rivet a couple of leather straps through the wire loops.

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Carl W.




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PostPosted: Wed 21 May, 2014 5:38 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very well done, all of it, happy to see this. Thank you for sharing.
What is the last picture in Ben's post?
Materials? (bolster, wood, bronze or ?)
I like the long sheath.
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PostPosted: Wed 21 May, 2014 6:44 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It's really nice. I think Ben Potter does a great job. Harry, you have another winner for sure!
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PostPosted: Wed 21 May, 2014 10:33 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

the carving is flawless.
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Richard Eskite




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PostPosted: Wed 21 May, 2014 11:15 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

How is the copper strip held onto the seam of the scabbard?
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PostPosted: Wed 21 May, 2014 1:28 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Fabulous looker. Too bad polygamy is illegal. Or is it?

Jon


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Harry Marinakis




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PostPosted: Thu 22 May, 2014 4:18 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

J. Hargis wrote:
Too bad polygamy is illegal.


I keep trying to convince my wife that polygamy is okay, but she keeps saying, "I don't share my toys."

Now I understand her.

In regards to my new seax, I say, "I don't share my toys.!"

Big Grin
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Ben Potter
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PostPosted: Thu 22 May, 2014 10:37 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

In a nutshell the copper is crimped into a groove along the edge of the scabbard.
The grove is cut into the INSIDE (flesh) of the edges so that the full strength of the grain is preserved. The copper is formed so that there is a barb (sharp, but not cutting sharp) that bites into the leather and makes it almost impossible to get it apart once it is fully crimped. It took quite a few test pieces to figure out all the details and tricks and get a really strong edge.

Ben Potter Bladesmith

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PostPosted: Sat 24 May, 2014 10:47 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Really good looking work. I envy your skill
David L Smith
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Matt Corbin




PostPosted: Thu 29 May, 2014 5:31 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Ben,

Long time no see. Welcome back. And the seax is stunning Cool

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