The magic and Pure Alchemy of Iron

Posts tagged “viking knife

Summer Selections! lots of made to order designs ready to go!

I have the largest selection of made to order items yet and tons of in stock items! Please check out my Ebay and for the new items including some items on Ebay not available on Etsy.






First off  before get into explaining this item the original place I saw it was and from a few other concepts of static knife edging jigs used in professional factories. I am not associated with Captjeff78  personally but he deserves  credit for this great design and honestly the difference maker in my knives going forward. Youtube and many of these great knife video makers are adding valuable if not invaluable hands on info to the greater amateur knife making community so thank you to everyone in the education field regarding Blacksmith and knife making based information. I myself run this blog to help anyone who may be going through the head scratching parts of making knives and doing forge work.


Now onto the Visbjorn Scandi Edge jig!







Forgive the bad graphics but this item is rude, crude and ready to use!

The jig above I use to make Scandinavian Edge style knives to great effect! I can make the same knife with any depth of hollow ground I want and they are basically ready to use right off the sander. I use 80 grit to remove material and 120 to finish my knife edge. I leave the steel at factory finish to creat a more earthy realistic feel that I prefer. I then 3500 RPM wire brush after all heat treating. Sometimes it is nice to hit the master bevel one  more time  to brighten it up after heat treating. I use a Ryobi 4″-36″ belt sander and generic 1″ by 30″ sander.I prefer using fresh factory made 1075/1080 High carbon steel. Please refer to my Trade off steel post for more info on how to get 1080 and other alloys.

As the graphics show, it is rather self explaining how to make and use this item. Simply creating a secure static for the knife to sit on and move it slowly but firmly across the belt until the desired edge is created. I modified mine to be more adjustable and use the large clamp as a handle which can be a pain but creates a more flexible tool if holes are not desired on your tang. I typically mount in antler so I use a Scandinavian tang shape.

Examples of blades made on my jig:



A finale note I would like to share regarding this jig concept is the profound effect it has made on my freehand knife making. It has steadied my hand and given the proper example of thorough steady grinding required to make a nice functional knife. Now when a roughly forged blades is needing an edge but does not fit on the jig I can easily achieve a nice uniform convex/scandi edge with great success>













I hope this will help on the road to better knife making, it has helped me greatly in my own progress and has redefined my art form in many ways.




Cold Chiseling Runes Gallery

Katala spelled in Elder Futhark. Chiseled pre hardening.
Typically a Runic engraving on a blade served as a name tag and name of the blade itself . The blade above is named “Katala” it is an Athame or Witches Dagger. If I had the blade for myself  I would have written “Katala”  Hröð owns me” naming the blade and owner. So if your setting out to cut Runes this is a good start for having something in mind when you begin.

Athame: A tool used by a Witch, Sorcerer or Shaman for various energy practices and rituals. Done in Nordic style with chiseled Runic marks.


Recycled Wrought Iron with Visigothic influence. ATHAME.


Wrought Iron Athame with Chiseled Runes.


Wrought Iron Athame with Antler handle.


Recycled Steel: Wroughr iron Athame with brushed finish.Cold chiseled Runes. Heat Steel to orange and allow to cool fully for best result.


Hand stamped Runic engraving. (Cold chiseled in to steel while still soft)

The most important trick to cutting Runes is being very relaxed and realizing that most Runic engraving are very freehand. This is not latin script so please by all means be creative with your engraving and try a nice organic format. It will end up looking truly authentic. Any High carbon steel tool that makes a perfect vertical line will do nicely for chiseling and remember to soften your steel before attempting. Runes are combinations of straight lines for this exact purpose of cutting them into metal, wood and bone.

Norse Seax and its finer points of design.

Norse Seax in Battle form with Reindeer antler handle.

Utility lenth Seax Forged from High Carbon Steel.


Iron Seax.


The Norse Seax:

Length 7 to 24 inches historically.

Date of invention early: Iron age.

Meterial: Iron/Steel.

Notabe details: Steep drop angle nose and straight cutting edge.

Name: Seax is from the Germanic word “SAX” meaning short sword or long knife.




The Saxon people derived there name from this weapon because of there lengedary use of the weapon. No man was without this blade in the time of migrations. The popularity of the blade was so woven into Nordic culture that the Seax in style existed from the early iron age through the Viking age.

The Norse/Saxon warrior often carried:

1 Spear

1 Seax

1 Sword

1 belt knife

  A hand Axe could also be added to this already fully stocked personal armoury.