Bloomery/Hearth steel Frankish langseax collaboration

Zeb Deming forged this beautiful blade from his own bloomery iron and hearth steel.  Iron was smelted directly from ore and then refined in an Evenstad style hearth where it was basically melted and carburized into clean steel.  The hearth steel was combined with bits of steel bloom and folded and forged.  He then sent it to me. A nice, solid blade. Very clean stuff. I will take it from there and make a Frankish narrow langseax.  I have put the blade in the forge to narrow it and drawn it out a few inches longer for a 20″ blade.  The museum pictures and drawings show the various sources I’m using for inspiration.

 

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