View Full Version : Cross Post, Neo-medieval Seax by Jim Hrisoulas

12-05-2003, 10:38 AM
Jim had me add this to the Display Case. He calls it a

"neo-medieval Seax, three core twist/ counter twist interrupted
pattern.. 1080, L-6 and 304 Stainless.... 16 1/4" long twin fullers each side in a "humpback seax" pattern. Roped file worked on the spine. Three piece black bone grip with SS and bronze studs..bronze guard and pommel plates, file worked."

The only reason I can see for "neo-Medieval" is the choice of materials. I think this also ties in to Jim's posts about forging (let alone forge welding) stainless, over at Ed Caffrey's Workshop. In the Forging vs Stock Removal thread (

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12-05-2003, 11:49 AM

There are a couple of reasons why I call it a "neo-medieval" Seax, the first is the fact that while the "humpback" Seax wasn't exactly a "rare" bldes style, the ones that I have seen didn't have that curved "hawk's bill" "clip" on it like this one does. The clips that I have seen all have been straight lines. I did a hawk bill simply cause I liked the look better. Makes the thing look a little more "sophisticated" if you ask me.

Second reason is I have never seen a Seax with a composite (multi-piece) grip. Granted surviving grips are rather uncommon due to their nature, but why not??

On the materials, I have a bunch of 304 SS in foil that is 0.005" thick that I didn't want to throw away so I know it's not hardenable so I figured I'd use it for "grins and giggles" as a "colour" layer in a cored composite. Since the cores don't have to cut and well, that's where "all the pretty" is so..I welded up like 11 layers of it in the faggot when I was making the cores. It sorts "blended in" with the L-6 but you can see it if ya look real close... Used the 304 just to ruin the guys days who said ya can't forge weld stainless....


J.Arthur Loose
12-05-2003, 01:28 PM

I have some other pics showing seaxes with the curved-bill clip, but here's at least one...

...though I'd like to call it "Neo-Dark-Ages," myself. ;)