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G Ezell
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PostPosted: Tue 19 Aug, 2014 10:34 pm    Post subject: a pattern-welded heavy broadsax         Reply with quote

This one proved to be a challenge...
24 1/4 inches overall length, 15 inch blade. Handle is hard maple, fittings are wrought iron, and the blade is w1 with a pattern-welded strip of 1084/15n20. Sheath buttons cast by Thorkil.







I'll be shipping her off tomorrow to her new owner.

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PostPosted: Wed 20 Aug, 2014 3:18 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi G ezell.
That seax looks amazing i love the shape and size of this thing what an beast your workmanship is simply stunning.
I would like to have one like this made The scabbard is also an work of art thank you for posting

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Hello George, this is very very nice. What is the significance or meaning of the runes? The pattern contained within a boundary within the blade is really well done. I would think that was hard.
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WOW!!! That is really, really nice! I am really glad you have gotten into seaxes! I love your work and it's nice to see you doing pieces that are so close to my interests...Any chance for an in hand photo for a bit of scale?
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PostPosted: Thu 21 Aug, 2014 5:27 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

J. Nicolaysen wrote:
Hello George, this is very very nice. What is the significance or meaning of the runes? The pattern contained within a boundary within the blade is really well done. I would think that was hard.


In the elder FUTHARK: GEARGE, it would be a phonetic spelling of his first name.

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PostPosted: Thu 21 Aug, 2014 7:19 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi George.

I really like this seas.

What date are you shooting for here? Is it common to see runic non-inlaid inscriptions of the period you are drawing from.

The blade and hilt are beautiful.
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G Ezell
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PostPosted: Fri 22 Aug, 2014 5:26 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Marc is correct, I was taught that a blade should be marked by the maker, however signing the blade 'George Ezell' looks out of place on a sax... my solution was to sign my name in FUTHARK runes, as most of my work has been 8-11th century Anglo-saxon style. The backside of the blade has 'Ezell'. Maybe not the most appropriate for a 650 AD heavy broadsax, but better than modern English none the less. I often sign the blades on the spine so it will be less obtrusive but still identifiable....

That said, there is one French sax of roughly the same time period that has engraved runes/letters on the blade...


Tim, sorry there are no in hand shots, this one is already headed to its new home.

I was somewhat concerned the almost 2 inch wide handle would be uncomfortable, but it feels similar to a good axe in hand.

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PostPosted: Fri 22 Aug, 2014 11:56 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Too bad you couldn't get some in hand shots. Perhaps the new owner will be kind enough to take some. Again, this seax is really, really nice. I just love it!
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PostPosted: Sat 23 Aug, 2014 1:57 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I really like it too, well done - All of it. The 'fuller boundary' (is there a better name for it?) is very nice & also adds a bit of organic feel (good). Thank you for sharing.
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