Deviation # 50! YAY!
Based loosely on the Viking Saex I made many months ago. This one is a little longer, with a bit more room for you to hold.
The saex is a great tool. I made one during my blacksmithing days, just to see what all the fuss was about. Ended up being the best axe. Evah. Light, powerful, and sturdy. The vikings knew a good thing when they saw it.
- There is a 1/8" recess on the handle. Carve this out with a rasp and sandpaper after it is all assembled. This allows for the handle to be wrapped with cord, cloth, or leather, providing a better grip than just bare wood. You can always skip that step... if you really wanted... but it just FEELS better with a wrap.
- Flat grind the blade. Remember, the long edge is the cutting edge. Reverse of a more traditional sword shape.
- Leave a 1/8" edge on the blade, for safety. This thing is designed to hack things apart, whether you mean to or not.
- Be careful of the tip. Softer woods will break off if struck. Harder woods will rip into whatever it is hitting. It's that mean.
And remember, Vikings weren't barbarians. They were merchants.