Here is a belt-knife based on those that were carried during the Viking age. The blade is composite pattern welded and is composed of two twisted bars and one of straight laminate forge welded together. This was a very common way to make blades during the Viking age. In this case I have done a very deep acid etch and forced rusted finish to make the blade look like an archaeological artifact retrieved from a bog. I’ve decided to give a strange aura of magic to the knife by contrasting this artifact blade with an ‘unusually well preserved grip’. A spell was cast upon it by the ancestors to preserve this blade for when it was needed again? Therefore the name I’ve given it.. For-Eldra… means ancestors in Old Norse. The carvings on the boxwood grip are taken from carved stones dating to Viking age found on the Isle of Man. The total length is 11″ and the blade is 6″. The spine is a full 1/4″.. so a very robust blade. The heavy rusted patina on the blade was fixed into a very hard and durable surface by boiling in tannic acid.
The sheath is vegetable tanned cowhide and I’ve forced patinated the bronze parts into a heavy verdigris to maintain the relic/artifact theme.