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The troll cross (trollkors) is a twisted piece of metal worn as an amulet to ward off malevolent magic. A charm worn by early Scandinavian peoples as
protection against trolls and elves, the troll cross is an important part of Scandinavian folklore. Iron and crosses were both believed to ward off evil creatures.

Troll crosses continue to be a popular item of jewelry throughout Scandinavia. 

For sale via thepxsmith on etsy

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Huginn + Muninn

“O'er Mithgarth Hugin and Munin both
Each day set forth to fly;
For Hugin I fear lest he come not home,
But for Munin my care is more.”

Above excerpt from the Poetic Edda poem Grímnismál

Fast and light it swings
Like Huginn’s feathered wings.
Quick and brute the seax
Like Muninn’s angry beak.

15″ Blade (wrought iron, 1084, 15n20, 80crv2)
5/5” Handle (wrought iron, elk antler, teak)
20.5” Overall
1.2 Pounds
2.125” POB from the hilt

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Wrought Iron Wedding Band

Forged from old wagon wheel wrought iron, these wedding bands have the character that can stand the test of time. A liner of .999 silver is set inside for comfort and style.

This band belongs to my cousin, Nick. He was able to join me in my shop for a day and I helped him to forge his own band. It’s quite a fun task. If you are looking for a unique ring and a deeper experience for your wedding band than just a jewelry counter let me know. I would be happy to help you forge your own ring!

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Double Twist Seax: Heat Treat

The first shot is the blade after its final forge for straightening. This show it with the fire scale that has to be ground off during the final shaping process.

The second shot is the blade after it is rough ground. I start with an angle grinder them move to a belt at 80 grit and finish with 120. All the final profiling is done at this point and the edge is left roughly as thick as a penny or nickel.

The third shot is the blade after heat treat with just a scrub from #0000 steel wool. The pattern popped right away during heat treat. It was awesome!

The bottom four shots show the blade exactly as it looked when removed from the quench and then scrubbed at different angles.

I really felt the soul of this one as I went through this process. Building a multi-bar seax really is something special. This is my fourth multi-bar blade and I fall in love with this process the more I do it. There is something magical about it. Something beyond the science and the art and the production that I must explore further. I feel really relaxed and at peace about this blade now that it has gone through the extremes and turned out solidly. I noticed a definite mood shift during the process. I will have to repeat again to fully be aware of this shift next time. The shift took me from feeling anxious, nervous and excited to relaxed, peaceful, accomplished and powerful.

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Order a sword built specifically for you. From initial design of concept through the fire and final handle assembly watch your sword come to life. Scabbard included with purchase and will vary on materials and decoration. I will start with a concept illustration based off of requested time period and other considerations. Then I will make a schematic and start the build. I blog my progress as I go so you can follow along with me. Timeline says 9-10 weeks but it can take longer depending on what is decided on.
*note: swords displayed are my creations, however items pictured are from previous builds and are not for sale.

Also, I just released some new pricing options for various lengths. Give it a look.


*Must be 18 years of age or older to purchase.

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How to forge an Oyster Shucker

  1. Round the end of a bar of steel into the thumb grip
  2. Taper the shucker side
  3. Spread out the “wings” into the edge shape (it’s a lot like forging a leaf)
  4. Twist and shout
  5. Make your mark
  6. Dance a jig (well, it’s more of a bend in a jig)
  7. Wallop in a beer opening nipple

Everything after that is finish work. If you’re interested in buying one of my “Chuck-town Shuckers” then visit my ETSY store. I also take custom orders for names and copper logo marks. It’s extra but it’s worth it!

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The Shark Axe

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.

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Simple Wood Seax

  • Random pattern damascus steel
  • Deer antler bolster
  • Coffin shaped wood handle with wax finish

Over the next couple days I will work on designs for a sheath. I will likely send this over to beastmancaravan for some more custom leather work.

I got cleared by my doctor to get back in the shop and I kicked this little beauty out. In all fairness I already had the blade forged. All I had to do was fit and shape the handle and then do some polishing.

I’ve been wanting to try this thinner, coffin shaped handle. What do you think?