Moro kris sword, circa 1940. The blade is 23 inches long, with a pattern welded steel core and high carbon steel edges. The grip is covered with silver bands and braided wire. The pommel is a large piece of finely carved ivory. The wooden scabbard is covered in rattan fibers and decorated with engraved and painted mother of pearl plaques.
Wrought iron has such a beautiful look. The life and lines of the wrought bring a special dimension to the body of work. This axe represents my first successful wrought iron axe body with a carbon cutting edge. The trick for success was to keep the cross section of the eye very thick. I started out with about 700 grams of weight and ended around 400 but I was able to keep that cross section quite thick. It was still tricky to shape the eye without the wrought crumbling but the wrought I used for this is very good quality.
The blade shape is shark inspired, hammer head to be more precise. The cutting edge feels like a shark fin or head protruding out of a sea of wrought iron. It is shaped much like a fin and comes complete with a mouth full of teeth in the underside. It throws like a dream and cuts like sharpened shark teeth. It’s ready to be-head the toughest of fish.
“Skeggox The Firienholt Fierce-Fighter’s Skeggöx is an axe forged in collaboration with my good friend Nathanael Brandt. I crafted the grip from hickory, and carved antiqued knotwork into the wood, further embellished by brass studs. Ideas were taken from ancient bearded axes, aka: “Skeggöx” (Old Norse Skegg, beard + öx, axe) As well as much later Norwegian Battle axes, which displayed breathtaking chiseled decorations on their faces. Nathanael did the primary crucial forging of the axe head to its iconic shape, as well as forge welding on its high carbon cutting edge. I then shaped and ground it before hot chisel stamping in the decorative designs, and finally heat treating it. This axe is inspired by a mixed verity of historical time periods and axe making methods, but executed in a mythologized way. A fully-functional and equal part tool and art-artifact, that will be serving its new owner soon.”
Custom Dane axe by Eric McHugh. The eye and body are made of low carbon steel and the reinforced edge of high carbon steel. The 42.5 inch hickory haft has an almost oval cross-section. This shape is very important in because it makes it easier to properly align the edge when cutting.
This style of two-handed axe was very popular during the 10th and 11th centuries in regions with strong Scandinavian influence, such as England, Ireland, Scotland and Normandy. In the Bayeux Tapestry it’s mostly shown wielded by the armored Anglo-Saxon huscarls, who could let go of their shields to wield their axes with both hands while relying on the protection of their mail.
There’s a new bleeding edge in carbonation technology — the SodaStream MIX, which will debut at Milan’s Salone del Mobile next month. The Yves Behar-designed unit is kind of insane: it has a big color display, Bluetooth connectivity, works with an app on your smartphone, and can allegedly “carbonate any and all liquids, from pure fruit juices to alcoholic beverages.”