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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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Helheim Dagger in Knapped Steel – Part 5

Now it’s time to work on the Hel side of the Helheim Dagger.  I can’t claim sole authorship of the Hel design – my daughter has done a lot (most?) of that work.  I’ve been stymied for a while on … Continue reading

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Helheim Dagger in Knapped Steel – Part 4

Today I’m finishing up the engraving on the Odin side of the Helheim Dagger. Above, I’ve finished shading the Celtic knots of Odin’s beard and the little Celtic ornament at the bottom.  I’ve added a little temporary Sharpie™ inking just … Continue reading

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