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Viking Saex Plans by HTYMSITI Viking Saex Plans by HTYMSITI
Deviation # 50! YAY! :clap:

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. :D


- 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. :evillaugh:
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Cyph3rN0mad Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009
Where could i get or use a forge?
HTYMSITI Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Professional General Artist
Wow! That is a big question. lol This one jumped to the head of the list of messages to answer! :D

Lets see... What are you looking to make using the forge? Do you have any experience in using one? Have you done any metal working before?
Cyph3rN0mad Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
I have NO experience. I need a place to start...
HTYMSITI Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
If you're looking at basic knife making, I'd recommend this book:


It was one of the first I read that made sense, and the principles do apply to making larger items.

Your profile says you are in the USA. Have you heard of a group called SCA, Society for Creative


They are a historical group that spends a lot of time making things in a 'Period' way- meaning a historically accurate (for the most part) way. I learned my basic forging skills through a local group, as well as many of the supporting skills that go into black smithing. If you can find a local chapter, they may just be able to help you get started.

I would say try out the book first and see if you think you can handle what you will need to do.(There are some details and such that can be kind of tough to wrap your head around until you are actually doing it. Took me more than one extra crispy piece of spring steel to work tings out...) You can usually get it through your local library via an Inter-Library Loan. Just take in the title, author, and the ISBN number so they can locate it for you.

One other avenue you could look into is finding a local knife maker. Many of them will host workshops for beginers- essentially you are paying them to help you make your first knife. Having someone with experience looking over your shoulder can really, REALLY help! If you want, let me know your city and state and I'll see if I can dig up some info in your area.

Hope this helps!
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