Making of the langsax and Scramasax projects

Work in progress (WIP)

I jumped into larger and long term projects to learn new techniques and to dive into some inspirational historical times. The ornamentations, designs and techniques used n Europe around the 7th and 9th century are particularly appealing to me. After visiting many museums and bonding with a community sharing this passion, I started the Langsax project.

Archeological findings of that time demonstrated a very high knowledge of metallurgy and outstanding craftsmanship on intricate designs and carvings. The two following works have been documented to illustrate the techniques I used and discovered for myself.

Langsax

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Scramasax

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Langsax project step by step

I documented this project over the 150 hours it lasted. The objective was to learn new techniques and be able to share all of it on forums and with my fellow knife-makers and enthusiasts. I learned so much from others that it felt just right to give some back to the world.

Several raw material are used. Steel, wrough iron, pure iron, brass, reindeer antler and walnut wood.

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Scramasax project step by step

I documented this project over the 100 hours it lasted. The objective on this one was to learn new techniques again and perfect some I had acquired earlier. The metallurgy and forge aspect, the carvings, leather work and foundry is a lot more advanced than the Langsax.

It asked more attention to detail, more thinking and a lot more precision to come up to the result I expected.

The time between the fabrication of the knife and the leather sheath is equal. 50 hours each estimated. 

The foundry of all bronze and silver fittings has been very time consuming.

The research on the design to fit the handle and the available spaces on the leather also took a while. 

However in the end, it was just pleasure.

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