IH05-18 is an Arming Sword

The 5160 spring steel blade is 30-3/4″ long, 2″ wide at the base and tapers to 1″ wide 5″ from the point. There is a narrow fuller on the face of the blade extending approximately 22″. The blade is Marquenched and tempered to HRc52. The blade is quite rigid, having a sharpened ovate cross-section near the point for delivering strong thrusts.

The guard and pommel are mild steel. The guard is a subtle bow-tie style approx. 6″ wide. The handle is sandwiched Poplar wood wrapped in #7 linen cord and red chrome-tanned leather. The hilt is secured permanently with a 1/2″ long counter-sunk nut.

The sword weighs 2.35lbs., and has a CoG 5″ from the cross.
The sword is provided with a hardwood scabbard covered in brown leather.

This arming sword’s style is appropriate anywhere from the 12th-14thC. It has great blade-presence for powerful cutting and precise thrusts. Presented with a ‘working finish’ this is a sword meant to be used.

This sword has been SOLD.

IH04-18 Belt Knife

This knife has a 5″ selectively-hardened 5160 spring-steel blade. The blade is 1/4″ thick at the base with a full-length distal taper. The blade is ground on a slight convex curve from the spine to the zero-ground cutting edge.

The brass guard is 7/16″ thick and is secured to the tang with silver-solder. The handle is composed of a section of wood and another of antler, separated by brass spacer. The wood section of the handle is stabilized California Buckeye Burl.

The sheath is 6-7 oz. top-grain vegetable-tanned leather dyed brown with Fiebings Oil Dye. The hand-stitching is waxed #7 Linen thread reinforced with black enameled steel rivets. The belt-slots will accommodate belts up to 2″ wide.

A classic hunter in the style of William Scagel, this knife should make an excellent companion on your outdoor adventures. Extremely rigid and sharp without being overly heavy, with an ample handle for a good grip and leverage. The wood of the handle is exceptional and unique, and has been stabilized with acrylic resin to maintain it good looks indefinitely.

Price: US$385

IH39-17 HATE

The 9-1/4″ long 1/4″ thick 5160 Spring-steel blade is nearly 3″ wide. The flats of the blade are as-forged and the blade is forge-black. The ‘blade’ at the base of the handle is not sharpened, but can be (I wouldn’t advise it though!) The edge bevels are convex all the way to the zero-ground cutting edge.

The tang is full-profile, and the scales are American Walnut treated with oil dye and finished with Carnauba wax.

Hate weighs 1.86lbs, and the CoG is 2-1/4 inches from the handle.

HATE was conceived as a sidearm for someone with serious issues, like maybe a goblin or orc. While it is a ‘fantasy’ piece it is a fully functional blade, and could be a useful camp/survival tool. While it is quite hefty for it’s size its low moment arm allows it to remain a very agile and handy piece.

Price is US$300

A sheath can be provided at additional cost

IH12-17 Bushcraft/Scagel Hybrid

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The 4-1/4″ blade is .10″ thick O-1 Tool Steel, with a convex saber-grind to a zero-edge. Blade is selectively hardened and oil-quenched. The handle is curly maple and antler. There is a brass staple at the tip of the handle for a lanyard. The pouch sheath is 8-9 oz. top-grain vegetable-tanned leather, natural with a hand-rubbed Carnauba Wax finish. The belt loop will accept belts up to 2-1/2″ wide.

Every so often I get an odd idea- like what if William Scagel had the thought to make a ‘bush-craft’ knife in the modern idiom? Features like the convex saber-grind to a zero-edge, natural materials for the simple handle, pouch sheath etc. I don’t know if tis exactly what he’d have come up with, but it’s what came to my mind.

Hunting, camping, cooking or just knocking around in the woods, this knife would be a fine and useful companion.

This Item is Now Sold

IH10-17 is a Hand-seax

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The 7-7/8″ long 5160 spring-steel blade is flat-ground to a zero-edge and selectively hardened. The blade is 1/4 inch thick at the spine.

The handle is curly maple capped with a brass plate and a stout staple for a lanyard or fealty ring.

The leather scabbard in 8-9 oz. top-grain vegetable-tanned leather. It is oil-dyed British Tan and Tooled with designs adapted from an original scabbard. Two leather laces suspend the sheath horizontally. Scabbard is finished with Carnauba Wax.

This Item is now sold.


IH05-17 Modern Belt Knife

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The blued-steel selectively-hardened 5160 spring-steel is 4-5/8″ blade is 1/4″ thick at the base. The handle is 4-1/2″ long and features a full-profile tang that has a full-length taper to 1/8″ at the tip.  This balances the knife at the forefinger-groove. The handle-scales are natural-finish spalted maple.

There’s something special about natural wood and blued steel. This is a very stout multi-purpose outdoor knife with curves, character and looks. The knife is provided without a sheath, but one can be provided at a modest additional cost.

This item has now sold.

IH01-17 Scagel-style Belt Knife




IH01-17 is the first knife of 2017! It is a stout belt knife in the style of William Scagel suitable for hunting, camping or survival needs.

The 4-1/8″ long 5160 spring steel blade is selectively hardened, and features a convex grind from the spine to the appleseed edge. The blade is 1/4 inch thick at the base of the spine and has a convex distal-taper to the point.

The handle is made of stacked leather washers and deer antler. The leather washers are finished with an acrylic finish so they will not rot or mildew as such handles have in the past. 

The traditional-style sheath is 6-7 ounce top-grain vegetable-tanned leather. It’s double-welted and riveted for strength, and double-needle stitched with linen thread. The sheath has a retention-strap secured by a hand-turned Sam Brown stud. The sheath is protected by a hand-rubbed Carnauba wax finish.


This stout pre-war style outdoor knife will perform out of proportion with it’s size! A good way to start the new year.


IH0063-16 Medieval Arming Sword

IH0063-16 is an Arming Sword in the style of the 12th-14th C.

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The 30-1/4″ 5160 spring-steel blade is 2 inches wide at the base. The blade is through-temperedto approximately Rc52, with the base of the blade, shoulder and tang drawn back to Rc44-45.

The hilt is 6-1/2″ overall. The handle is 4″ long, and has a wooden core wrapped in linen thread covered with leather. The leather is treated with an acrylic finish, making it very tough and durable. The guard and pommel are mild steel with a bright finish. The hilt is secured by a recessed cylindrical 1/4-20 thread 5mm Allen-head nut, and may be dismounted for maintenance.

Weight of the sword is 2lb.-7oz. Center of Gravity is 4-3/4″ from the base of the blade.

The scabbard has a Poplar core with a cover of green Chrome-tanned garment leather. It is 31-1/4″ long, 2-1/2″ wide at the top and approximately 9/16″ thick at the throat.

The sword is quite rigid for both cut and thrust. Swords of this type were popular when Mail was the most common form of high-quality armor, so the edge is quite robust to allow for repeated strikes without excessive damage.

In modern usage the term ‘Arming Sword’ refers to a single-hand sword worn as a sidearm in armored combat.


This item is now sold.

A very Special (used) Longsword

2004-085 is a Very Special Longsword

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This type XVa’s 5160 spring-steel blade is 35-1/2″ long by 2″ wide at the base. The blade is differentially tempered for added toughness. The sword is a purpose-built demo and sparring sword. OAL of the sword is 45-3/8″, weight is just shy of 3 pounds. COG is 4-1/2 inches from the base of the blade.

The furniture is mild steel. The cross is of hexagonal section with the ends turned down. The handle is sandwiched spruce wood wrapped in linen cord with an acrylic lacquer finish.

The sword is equipped with a black leather scabbard.

So whats special part? Way back when this was my personal sparring sword and was used in countless martial arts demonstrations at Camlann Medieval Faire and other venues as well as in classes.

After we stopped doing Camlann I handed it off to my demo-partner for some theatrical work and just forgot about it. In the succeeding decade it has been featured in a foreign television commercial, been on the TV show ‘Level Up!’ and in the movie ‘Name of the King 2’ as well as numerous theatrical productions.

This sword is very much in used condition; the blade is marked at the spine and edge from sword-cuts and parries. The tip is slightly bent from where I rammed it full-force into a breastplate worn by a 200b. man. That being said I have inspected the sword and it is in safe and useable; it has been maintained in excellent mechanical condition.

The very special part is that my friend heard that I was about to sell my personal longsword due to profound financial problems brought on by my recent injuries. They immediately delivered the sword (which by now I considered theirs if I thought about it at all) and insisted that I sell it rather than my personal blade. It took some convincing, but my wife and friend insisted.

This sword is now sold.

IH0060-16 Hybrid Combat Knife

IH0060-16 is a Re-imagined Tanto


6-inch long, 1/4″ thick 5160 spring-steel blade is flat ground to an appleseed edge. Cross-section is Shinogi-Zukuri. Blade is selectively hardened and blued.

The handle is 4-13/16″ long. The guard and butt-plate are blued steel, the handle is made of stacked leather washers. The leather has an acrylic finish, so unlike the originals it will be highly resistant to rot and mildew.

The knife will be provided with a traditional military-style scabbard in brown leather reinforced with rivets. The sheath will accommodate belts up to 2″ wide.

The concept is a Japanese Tanto re-imagined as a WW2-era combat knife. This should be an excellent all-arounder for field use.

This knife is now sold.