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Langseax Bare Blade

Based on pre Viking-Age examples, a seax like this is essentially a short chopping sword. The client wanted a bare blade they could finish up themselves so I forged a three bar composite seax, with wrought iron for the spine, a twisted bar in the middle, and 1075 for the edge. You can see clearly that an autohamon has formed where the geometry of the blade cooled unevenly during the quench. This is a similar effect to what would have happened with period material. Several pieces have been taken to Japan for professional polishing and have exhibited hamon just like this seax does.

This is a thick blade, near 3/8 at it's thickest point, gracefully tapering to a sharp edge. The blade is a little over 20 inches in length.