How to Forge a Railroad Spike Axe (by thepxsmith)

  1. Smash the point into the shaft.
  2. Keep smashing.
  3. Try to keep it from bending while smashing.
  4. When you get to 4"-4.5" you can stop smashing (Your forearms will be super tight and your fingers curled permanently around your hammer by now).
  5. Make a slit in the top side. I use a slot punch, usually takes 3-4 heat cycles for me to get it through.
  6. Drift the hole out just a wee bit. No need to get crazy here, we will come back and refine this later.
  7. Flip it back to the side and hammer the “ears” down a little. This will also open the drift hole more so be subtle.
  8. Work the inside over the horn or some other smaller round bar to create the starting indentation for the beard.
  9. Continue to heat and work that beard.
  10. Use the cross-peen hammer to start fanning out the edge shape.
  11. Before the edge is thinned all the way beat that beard down in from the top to curl it inward. Keep the inside shape cleaned up over the horn.
  12. Once you have your blade/edge shape 95% finished go back into the eye and spread it the remainder of the way.
  13. Clean up the ears and then align the edge over the center using your final drift and a vice.
  14. Grind it, sand it, polish and buff to your hearts content.


  1. Whatever you do to one side of the axe you must do to the other. I even keep track of my hammer blows so I know what to replicate on the other side.
  2. Keep things aligned as you go. It takes time and patience but keeping it where you want it will help you finish it balanced and symmetrical.
  3. Use the proper tongs/tools. I use three different tongs to make mine:

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. 

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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


ÆLFGIFU: “Elf Gift”

Blade Length: 8 inches: 1080 Edges, 1095 cable center
Ricasso: 1.75 inches
Handle: 3.5 inches
Overall: 14.5 inches


Like the birth of fawn and flower
Spring arrives in its time
The Seasons turn

Like seeds that float to earth
The gift of love befalls
Each of us in time


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Stórráðr by thepxsmith

The cool of fall has returned to the air.
Leaves crunch under foot.
Colors drip down like blood from the trees.
The summer raids have given way to harvest,
Arduous tasks both.
Iron and Steel dance with the rhythm of the fields,
Swaying with the breath of Nature.
Strong and stable and sharp is she with Ambitious label.

Blade: 7.25″ Wrought Iron, 1084/15N20, 1095

Handle: 4.5″ Wrought Iron, Elk Antler, Copper Pin

Overall: 11.75″

Spine: .125″ through break


Mammon Style Viking Knife:

I’ve been playing around with this new knife recently. It’s been a little while now but I’ve just started making some progress on the handle carving. I’ve got one side just about done now. I am trying to achieve something mammon style. It’s my first try with something like this and so far I am enjoying it, though it is more difficult. It might have been easier to start with a wood piece but of course I had to go straight to antler. It will be worth it in the end.


Kraken Seax (Hafgufa) by thepxsmith

According to the Örvar-Odds saga, Hafgufa was the mother of all sea monsters and fed on whales, ships, men, and anything it could catch. Hafgufa was said to have lived underwater, and when the tide was low at night, her nose and head would rise out of the water. The only physical description provided in the saga is the nose sticking out of the water, which was mistaken for two massive rocks rising from the sea.

Source: Wikipedia

Blade: 5.625″ Wrought Iron Spine, 1095/15N20 Twist, 1095 Edge

This blade was forged to feel like a sea creature. The middle bar is oddly twisted to look like tentacles reaching out through the tides of the ocean just under the surface of the sea, which is represented by rippled wrought iron. The point of the blade is structured to feel like the side profile of a ship with a gentle curve upward to a stable deck.

Handle: 4.25″ Wrought Iron, Extinct Sea Cow Rib Bone, Copper Pin

The handle is hand carved from extinct sea cow bone. The carving is of kraken tentacles reaching upward and grasping at the copper pin, which much like a sail on a ship is the main element that can rip the piece apart. The guard is also wrought iron and has the word, “Kraken” carved into in on both sides in runes.

Overall: 10″

Spine: .125″ through break

POB: center of the guard

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