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    Very Viking blade:

    This one got me thinking about how long a knife needs to be before it becomes a sword – it’s a seax, with 20” blade. Not a knife, not a sword – if it were 24” of blade, I’d think it were a Langsax, or sword. Is that the cutoff, 24 inches?



    1095/1010, two bar twist up the back, ~500 layers for the rest. Ash grip, Iron hilt with silver & copper inlay.
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    Its been argued and fought over for sure. Personaly, I have come to believe its more in the useage then the length. But, 18" is swordish 24" is sword. IMHO

    Nice looking piece BTW.
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    That is a pretty blade for sure. The Japanese divide wakizashi from Katana at right around 24". Tanto is 12" or less. I'd call that Viking blade a short sword, myself. Depends if you're slicing the cheese (knife) or slicing the cheesemaker (sword), I'd say.

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    I go with what ever state i am living in defines them as, NC it is 24" wich meens I can carry a sword but not an 23" knife in public

    Ceremoniously of course

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    Very nice. I think the seax is my favorite blade design. Keep up the good work.
    Adlai
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    Nice! How about some closeups of the blade?

    I love seaxes...to the point of being a seax-addict !
    Don Halter
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    Originally posted by Don Halter
    Nice! How about some closeups of the blade?

    I love seaxes...to the point of being a seax-addict !
    Shouldnt that be a "Seax Fiend"?
    "Do not suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberty by any pretences of politeness, delicacy or decency.
    These, as they are often used, are but three names for hypocrisy, chicanery, and cowardice.” John Adams, 1789

    "Everything the enemy least expects will succeed the best."

    Frederick the Great 1747

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    Thanks for the compliments on the blade!
    It never occurred to me to look at the law books for a definition of ‘sword’, but that’s certainly the definition that would count most in today’s society.

    I haven’t taken a specific blade photo yet, but here are the photos available:
    http://www.home.earthlink.net/~jlp3/images/seax0505.jpg
    http://www.home.earthlink.net/~jlp3/images/seax0506.jpg

    It’s definitely the strangest etch, with that volunteer Hamon jumping right out of the blade – I swear it should have disappeared, or at least become less obvious, based on my previous experience.
    I’m going to take some more photos after I finish initial test cutting, gotta get some wear on the knife so it looks good!

    Jeff

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    Thumbs up

    Thanks for the closeup of the hilt- that detail work is magnificent!

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