Babayaga's War Knife

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Item details

Handmade

Materials

steel, bronze, bog oak, antler, leather, maple, silver

This is a semi-historical blade inspired by legends of Babayaga, Rus culture, and the Mongoliad book series. The concept was to make a blade in the style of baltic war knives that might be carried as a primary weapon by someone who was not primarily a warrior, such as a volva. It is designed to have the length of the large seaxes, but lighter and faster as it would not likely be used against armored opponents. Being made from modern steel is also can be thinner and still maintain the strength of traditional seaxes.
The overall shape and dimensions of the piece are in line with historical finds, but have been subtly altered in a few instances, such as the thinner blade and the inwardly curved belly of the handle. The decoration and design of the fittings are rooted in historical patterns, but taken in a direction all my own.

The blade is made from 3 separate bars forge welded together. The spine is wrought iron from an old wagon wheel. This provides the blade with more ability to absorb shock. The middle bar is a loose twist of 24 layer damascus made from 15n20 and 1095. The edge is a 432 layer damascus bar. The layers and oriented vertically. The process of forging the edge with a hand hammer causes them to take on a pool and stream pattern. The blade is 22 1/4" long, a little over 1 1/2" wide, and 3/16" thick. The tang is broad and extends all the way through the handle where is terminates in and integral threaded section which is used in conjunction with a washer to bolt on all od the handle parts with the exception of the end cap. The blade is very sharp.

The handle is made from english bog oak that carbon dates from 3300BC. The carving is inspired by some Rus designs. There is a central spacer carved from moose antler. The fittings are cast in bronze (10%tin, 90% copper). The front ferrule has Marcomanic runes on the angled faces and is decorated with a braid and domes. The butt cap features Babayaga's face and braided hair, with a nose chain ending in a lunar pendant (a Rus design).

The sheath has a maple core lined with 100% merino wool felt. It is covered in top grain tooling leather. The fittings are bronze, and the eyes of the raven chape are onyx.
This is a semi-historical blade inspired by legends of Babayaga, Rus culture, and the Mongoliad book series. The concept was to make a blade in the style of baltic war knives that might be carried as a primary weapon by someone who was not primarily a warrior, such as a volva. It is designed to have the length of the large seaxes, but lighter and faster as it would not likely be used against armored opponents. Being made from modern steel is also can be thinner and still maintain the strength of traditional seaxes.
The overall shape and dimensions of the piece are in line with historical finds, but have been subtly altered in a few instances, such as the thinner blade and the inwardly curved belly of the handle. The decoration and design of the fittings are rooted in historical patterns, but taken in a direction all my own.

The blade is made from 3 separate bars forge welded together. The spine is wrought iron from an old wagon wheel. This provides the blade with more ability to absorb shock. The middle bar is a loose twist of 24 layer damascus made from 15n20 and 1095. The edge is a 432 layer damascus bar. The layers and oriented vertically. The process of forging the edge with a hand hammer causes them to take on a pool and stream pattern. The blade is 22 1/4" long, a little over 1 1/2" wide, and 3/16" thick. The tang is broad and extends all the way through the handle where is terminates in and integral threaded section which is used in conjunction with a washer to bolt on all od the handle parts with the exception of the end cap. The blade is very sharp.

The handle is made from english bog oak that carbon dates from 3300BC. The carving is inspired by some Rus designs. There is a central spacer carved from moose antler. The fittings are cast in bronze (10%tin, 90% copper). The front ferrule has Marcomanic runes on the angled faces and is decorated with a braid and domes. The butt cap features Babayaga's face and braided hair, with a nose chain ending in a lunar pendant (a Rus design).

The sheath has a maple core lined with 100% merino wool felt. It is covered in top grain tooling leather. The fittings are bronze, and the eyes of the raven chape are onyx.

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