Monthly Archives: March 2014

Dragonsbane Poniard – Part 7 – The Stand

I’ve been dreading this part, but since I’m not terribly enthused today about carving steel, I’ll make stands for the knives I’m going to present at the upcoming 1st Annual Seattle International Knife Show.  I’ve decided a Norse-style dragon head … Continue reading

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Dragonsbane Poniard – Part 6 – The Dragon

The lower jaw looked a little thick to me, so I adjusted it.  The right side of the above image is after I engraved the jaw line and removed the excess metal.  The left, with the blue arrows, still shows … Continue reading

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Dragonsbane Poniard – Part 5 – The Dragon

Time to start carving the dragon on the pommel. Above, I’ve colored the steel with a white permanent marker so I can draw on it in pencil. Once I had the basic layout penciled in, I engraved the lines to … Continue reading

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Dragonsbane Poniard – Part 4

Today I’m working on the copper crossguard, adding skulls.  I’ve engraved and carved them, and also textured the face.  You can see (above) the copper rod I’ll be using to rivet the guard into place, once all four skulls have … Continue reading

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Dragonsbane Poniard – Part 3

I finally got the poniard to the point I could harden and temper the blade.  It’s been a long time getting to this point!  Above, you can see it “in the white” after hardening and tempering, and then a good … Continue reading

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Dragonsbane Poniard – Part 2

I’ve decided to add a crossguard to the poniard.  I like the look of copper and dark steel, so I’m going to make the crossguard in copper, from a half inch thick bar. Since my 1045 carbon steel bar is … Continue reading

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Dragonsbane Poniard – Part 1

Well, the Nazgul Holdout Stiletto met with such success that I succumbed to the Bladegallery.com folks suggesting I make a really big and scary one.  This one is a dragonslayer’s poniard, basically an armor piercing dagger designed to penetrate through … Continue reading

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Helheim Dagger in Knapped Steel – Part 8

Here’s the finished knife.  I still need to make a box or stand for it (probably box?). Above is Hel, and her dead eye (moose antler). And, of course, here’s Odin. Thanks for looking!

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Helheim Dagger in Knapped Steel – Part 7

Today I’m finishing up the engraving on the Hel side of the dagger.  Above, I’ve removed the background, using what I call a “scribble” texture for the cloth of her robe, and I’ve used a tiny four-sided point to stipple … Continue reading

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Helheim Dagger in Knapped Steel – Gold Inlays – Part 6

Today I tackled the gold inlays on Hel’s robe.  This is always a stressful time, and a major effort for me in the process. I chose to inlay the areas in parallel gold wires, since these are mostly long and … Continue reading

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