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Donnerstag, 21. Mai 2015

New damascus hadseax completed

 It has been some time going, but here it is: Finally the Damascus hadseax I started some time ago. The blade is 1.2842 and rebar, 60 layers, selectively tempered and carburized in the forge, handle has Mokume gane bolster and buttcap, reindeer antler and yew fittings.
 I had a go at carving again, and while there´s still a lot of room for improvement, I notice some progress and hope to be able to do some more complex work soon.
The tang is riveted against a Mokume Gane buttcap, own work, copper and silver.

The yew handle is treated with my own version of violin finish:

1 grain Mastix or Dammar
1 grain Daemonoropos draco (dragon´s blood)
1 grain turpentine resin
1 grain beeswax
1 teaspoon boiled linseed oil
ca. 3 cl isopropylen or ethanol or other until the whole mess is soluted.

I also used the concoction for tanning the carving.


  1. Hello! I've been checking out your blog and it is very interesting to say the least, and very engaging. Do you ever sell your forged creations? I really love the Damascus hadseax you made and I'm sure it's long gone. Tis a beauty and I have to say I wish it were mine, but as you say I may have to put that in my mental file called "dreams" and move on.

  2. I really do love this particular creation of yours and I was wondering if you'd be interested in selling it, that is if you still have it. I realize this was a while ago, but its beauty really speaks to my soul and being. Does it have a sheath? If you'd like you can contact me at: I'd really love to hear from you, both your bladesmithing talent and the varied subjects of your blog are highly interesting to me. Danke, Stephen


Now go on, discuss and rant and push my ego;-). As long as it´s a respectful message, every comment is welcome!

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