Items Currently for Sale
Here are some of the items currently available- I will do my best to keep this area updated several times a week, posting new items as they are made.    Prices do not include shipping.   If you wish to negotiate terms on one of these pieces contact me at  tinker@tinkerswords.com.  When an item is sold it will be marked 'sold' next to the price but will remain on this page for a time.
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Handseax (2012-044)




Overall Length:  12-1/2  inches
Blade Length: 7-7/8 inches
Blade width @ Base: 15/16 inches
Blade Thickness @ Base: 1/4 inch
Hilt Overall Length: 4-3/4 inches
Center of Gravity: 1/2 inch from the base of the blade

The blade is 5160 spring steel and is flat-ground to a rolled edge.  The blade has a simple 'working' finish.  The Vine Maple handle is bound in brass wire at the shoulder to prevent splitting and has a brass butt-plate secured by two iron nails.  The handle is carved with a 'Broa-style' lion (?) figure and has a hand-rubbed carnuba wax finish.  There is also a staple for a lanyard or Oath-Ring. 

The scabbard is made of top-grain vegetable-tanned leather with a hand-rubbed carnuba wax finish. The leather is incised with a complex interwoven dragon figure.  There are leather straps arranged to hang the scabbard horizontally below the belt.

US$320 + Shipping
  SOLD

Handseax (2012-043)




Overall Length:  15  inches
Blade Length: 9-1/2 inches
Blade width @ Base: 1-5/16 inches
Blade Thickness @ Base: 1/4 inch
Hilt Overall Length: 5-1/2 inches
Center of Gravity: 1 inch from the base of the blade

The blade is 5160 spring steel and is flat-ground to a bevelled edge.  The blade has a simple 'working' finish.  The Vine Maple handle is bound in brass wire at the shoulder to prevent splitting and has an iron butt-plate secured by two iron nails.  The handle is carved with a 'Broa-style' griffin figure and has a hand-rubbed carnuba wax finish.  There is also a staple for a lanyard or Oath-Ring. 

The scabbard is made of top-grain vegetable-tanned leather with a hand-rubbed carnuba wax finish. The leather is lightly distressed, adding to the rustic feel of the piece.  It is incised with geometric patterns derived from a 9th C. seax scabbard. 

This stout working knife will make a useful compliment any viking-era outfit.
US$350 + Shipping
  SOLD

Langsaex (2012-041)




Oakeshott Type: n/a
Overall Length:  29-1/4  inches
Blade Length: 24-/4 inches
Blade width @ Base: 1-3/8 inches
Blade Width 5-1/2 inches from point: 1-1/4 inches
Blade Thickness @ Base: 3/16 inch
Hilt Overall Length: 5 inches
Center of Gravity: 6-1/2 inches from guard
Location of Blade Node (measured from Guard):  approx. 14 inches
Primary Hilt Node: approx. 1/2 inch from cross on handle
Weight: 1lbs 2 oz
 
Variations of this style of Langsaex were carried throughout western Europe from the migration era through the Viking Era.  this light weapon is very handy and fast despite the very forward CoG.

The blade is 5160 spring steel marquenched and tempered to HRc52.  The blade is actually made from a Type X sword blade that I screwed up the tip of the fuller on that had been sitting around the shop for years.  The tang is relatively short at 3-1/2 inches (as is seen on many period examples of this type) and is epoxied into the Hickory handle.  The handle is bound in brass wire at the shoulder to prevent splitting and has a brass butt-plate secured by two iron nails.  there is a brass staple for a lanyard or oath-Ring.  the wood has a hand-rubbed carnuba Wax finish and is carved with an interleave dragon figure which is decorative and improves the grip. 

the scabbard is made of top-grain vehetable-tanned leather and is quite thick.  It is incised with interleave patterns derived from a 9th C. saex scabbard.  the scabbard is fitted with a short baldric to carry the piece under the laft arm, as is sometimes seen in period illustrations. 

This piece was originally sold butthat deal has fallen through so it is offerred here again at the original price of

US$650 + Shipping  SOLD


Friction Folder (2012-036)


Overall Length (closed):  4  inches
Overall Length (open): 7-1/4 inches
Blade Length: 3-3/8 inches
Blade width @ Base: 3/4 inch
Blade Thickness at base: 1/8 inch

This knife has a flat-ground 1/8 inch thick selectively-hardened tool steel blade 3-3/8 inches long.  The blade is unpolished and exhibits an 'as heat-treated' finish.  The one-piece handle is antler carved in a Norse chain-knot on either face.  the carving is not merely ornamental but helps to provide a secure grip on the knife.  The pivot and stop-pin are of brass. 

This particular knife is loosely modelled after folding knives from the Viking and medieval period.  It is no less useful today but special care must be excercised as the blade is held only by friction with no lock or back-spring.  It is suggested that the knife be gripped by the blade for work with the point and by the handle for straightforward cutting operations.  When the blade loosens up (as it will over time) a few taps on the brass hinge-pin will tighten it back up. 
US$150 + Shipping  SOLD


Friction Folder (2012-027)


Overall Length (closed):  5-3/4  inches
Overall Length (open): 9-7/8 inches
Blade Length: 3-5/8 inches
Hilt Overall Length: 5-1/4 inches
Blade width @ Base: 3/4 inch
Blade Thickness at base: 1/8 inch

This knife has a flat-ground 1/8 inch thick selectively-hardened tool steel blade 3 inches long.  The one-piece handle is of hardwood treated with dye and finished with carnuba wax.  The pivot area of the handle is reinforced by two thin copper plates.  The pivot and stop-pin are of brass. 

This particular knife is loosely modelled after folding knives from the Viking and medieval period but would be just as appropriate in any historical period from Ancient Rome on.  It is no less useful today but special care must be excercised as the blade is held only by friction with no lock or back-spring.  When the blade loosens up (as it will over time) a few taps on the brass hinge-pin will tighten it back up.
US$150 + Shipping  SOLD

Type IV Hand-sax (2012-020)



Overall Length:  9-3/4  inches
Blade Length: 5-7/16 inches
Hilt Overall Length: 4-5/16 inches
Blade width @ Base: 15/16 inch
Blade Thickness at base: 1/4s inch
Center of Gravity: 1/2 inch from base of handle

Inspired by blades and scabbards from Continental Europe of the Viking Era

The flat-ground blade is selectively hardened 5160 spring steel with a 'cannel' edge.  There is a visible temper line on the blade.  The handle is of Cocobolo wood and features the carved figure of a bird in the 'Broa' style.  There are no metal fittings on the handle.
The sheath is made of 9-10 oz.  top-grain vegetable tanned leather riveted along the upper edge. There is a knotwork figure incised on the scabbard derived from a late-anglo-saxon sheath.  The sheath has ties to suspend it horizontally below the belt.  This scabbard is a replacement; the original was chewed on by our Rottweiller...

Suitable to Viking-era reenactment or as a stout field knife for modern use.

US$300 + Shipping  SOLD

Type II Hand-sax (2012-019)



Overall Length:  10-1/8  inches
Blade Length: 5-13/16 inches
Hilt Overall Length: 4-5/16 inches
Blade width @ Base: 1-1/16 inch
Blade Thickness at base: 1/4s inch
Center of Gravity: 1 inch from base of handle

Inspired by blades and scabbards from Sweden from the 7th-9th C.
 
The flat-ground blade is selectively hardened 5160 spring steel with a 'cannel' edge.  The handle is of antler and the piece used was carefully selected so that the knifemight be used comfortably in either hand
The sheath is made of very thick (1/4) top-grain vegetable tanned leather riveted along the upper edge with copper rivets.  There is a single hole for suspending the knife below the belt.  The Interleave pattern  carved on the scabbard is from an 8th-9th C. Sax scabbard.

This knife can be bought 'as-is' or 'fancied up' in a variety of ways.  Suitable to Viking-era reenactment or as a stout field knife for modern use.
US$350 + Shipping SOLD 


Type I/II Sax w/Tooled Leather Scabbard (2012-023)


Overall Length: 14-5/8 inches
Blade Length: 9-1/2 inches
Blade Width @ Base: 1-1/8 inches
Hilt Overall Length: 5-1/8 inches
Blade Thickness at base: 1/4 inch
COG: 1/2 inch from base of blade

Type I/II sax in the style of the 7th-early 9th century A.D.
The
selectively hardened flat-ground blade is  5160 spring steel with a 'rolled' edge.  There are panels lightly engraved on either side of the blade near the spine.  The hilt furniture is mild steel and the handle is Cocobolo Wood.  The tang is passed through the hilt and pommel and riveted over at the tip.  The sheath is made from vegetable-tanned 9oz. leather and is covered on it's 'outer' face with tooled interleave patterns.  There are two split leather straps that can be tied over a belt to suspend the sax horizontally below the belt with the hilt facing the right hand when worn in front.

This sax and it's sheath are inspired by a scabbard found near Groningen in the Netherlands dating to approximately the 8th Century A.D.  The original scabbard had apparently been shortened as the tooling on that scabbard runs off the tip.  On this one I have used a new pattern at the tip as the scabbard is made to the correct length for the sax. 
Like the original scabbard the tooling is only on the side of the scabbard that would be seen when the knife is worn.  I have also varied from the original by using fewer, larger-diameter rivets.

US$625+ Shipping
SOLD


Friction Folder or 'Clasp Knife' (2012-021)


Overall Length (closed):  5-3/4  inches
Overall Length (open): 9-7/8 inches
Blade Length: 3-5/8 inches
Hilt Overall Length: 5-1/4 inches
Blade width @ Base: 3/4 inch
Blade Thickness at base: 1/8 inch

The flat-ground blade is selectively hardened O-1 tool steel with a 'bevelled' edge.  There is a visible temper line on the blade. There is an extension of the tang that can be used to open the blade and held against the stop with the thumb to hold the blade open during use. The stop is in this case a 1/16 inch riveted brass rod.  The handle is made from a deer antler tip split along it's length to receive the blade when folded.  The handle is carved on one face with a simple interleave pattern.  The other face is carved with runes that spell 'Tinker Gebe Mik' meaning 'Tinker made me.' The pivot pin is a common copper rivet that is easily replacable from many hardware or leather-working stores when it wears out.

Folding knives seem to go back nearly as far as metal blades.  Though spring-back folders, locking blades and even switchblades date back to at least the Viking Era ntil the 19th century most of these were varieties of 'friction folders' where the only force holding the blade open or closed was friction between the tang of the blade and the handle.  While they have varied in popularity depending on the time and place they seem to have always been around in one form or another with handfles made from antler, bone, horn, wood or metal. This pattern with the extended tang that could be clasped against the handle to hold the blade open (Thus the name 'clasp knife') dates back to at least the early Middle Ages; it is such a logical developement that it is reasonable to suppose that it may date to considerably earlier.

Since the blade is held closed only by friction it is not advisable to carry this knife loose in a pocket.


US$190 + Shipping SOLD

Knife or Small Type II Hand-sax




Overall Length:  8-7/8  inches
Blade Length: 4-3/8 inches
Hilt Overall Length: 4-1/2 inches
Blade width @ Base: 7/8 inch
Blade Thickness at base: .210 inch
Center of Gravity: 1 inch from base of handle

Inspired by blades and scabbards from Sweden from the 7th-9th C.
  Depending on who you ask this is either simply a knife or a very short Type II hand-saex.
The flat-ground blade is selectively hardened 5160 spring steel with a 'cannel' edge- the 'temper-line is most clearly visible in the top-left photo. The Mesquite-wood handle is carved in an interlaced pattern derived from the incised pattern on the scabbard.  The handle has a brass top-plate secured by two small nails with a ring for a lanyard protruding from the center of the top.

The scabbard has substantial brass furniture with a figure of a dragon swallowing a man in the 'Jellinge' style.  The furniture is secured by brass rivets.  The leather is 8-9 oz. vegetable-tanned leather dyed brown and features a hand-rubbed Carnuba Wax finish.  The Interleave pattern on the scabbard is from an 8th C. Sax scabbard.

Suitable to Viking-era reenactment or as a stout field knife for modern use.

US$750 + Shipping  SOLD

'Carolingian' style Hand sax






Overall Length:  10-5/8  inches
Blade Length: 6-1/4 inches
Hilt Overall Length: 4-3/8 inches
Blade width @ Base: 1 inch
Blade Thickness at base: .210 inch
Center of Gravity: base of blade

Simple hand-sax in the style of the Carolingian Era.

The flat-ground 6-1/4 inch long blade is selectively hardened 5160 spring steel with a 'cannel' edge. The handle is Emboyna Burl wood.  There is an intertwined figure of 'Jellinge' Beasts carved on either side of the handle. The scabbard is 8oz. vegetable-tanned leather dyed brown and is finished with a hand-rubbed Carnuba Wax finish with two riveted brass suspension loops.

US$295 + Shipping  Sold 


'Jacobite' style Dirk


Overall Length:  15-1/4  inches
Blade Length: 10-1/4 inches
Hilt Overall Length: 5 inches
Blade width @ Base: 1-1/4 inch
Blade Thickness at base: 1/4 inch
Center of Gravity: 5/8 inch from base of blade

Scottish Dirk in the style of the pre-Culloden period.

The 10-1/4 inch long blade is tempered 5160 spring steel with a slightly convex grind from the spine to the cannel-type cutting edge.  The full length tang is rounded at the shoulders and slightly tapered from just over to just under 1/2 inch along it's length.  At the tip it is reduced in section and threaded qith a 1/4-20 thread to secure the brass butt-plate.  There is a brass shoulder-band of traditional form on the handle to prevent splitting.  The handle is fully hand-carved with traditional Celtic Knotwork motifs and is of Cocobolo wood.

The single-seam scabbard provided is brown-dyed 8 oz. top-grain vegetable-tanned leather.
US$500 + Shipping  Sold 

'Carolingian' style Hand sax





Overall Length:  13-3/8  inches
Blade Length: 8-1/4 inches
Hilt Overall Length: 5-1/8 inches
Blade width @ Base: 1-1/16 inch
Blade Thickness at base: 1/4 inch
Center of Gravity: 1/2 inch from base of blade

Hand-sax in the style of the Carolingian Era.

The 8-1/4 inch long blade is differentially-tempered 5160 spring steel flat-ground from the spine to the extremely sharp zero-ground cutting edge.  The blade is fully engraved in an Anglo-Norse Knotwork motif

The handle is a piece of antique antler capped with black cow-horn.  Antler is often naturally curved in a way that is more comfortable for the right or left hand; this piece was selected specifically to be comfortable in either hand.

The scabbard is 8oz. vegetable-tanned leather dyed brown and incised with motifs that match the engraving on the blade.  The decorative motifs are adapted from a hand-sax scabbard dating to the 8th.C. The brass fittings are in the style of swedish knife scabbards. The chape is engraved with a interlaced bird figure.  The top-plate is engraved on the right side with the words 'Tinker Gebe Mik' (Tinker Made me) in the 'Beowolf' font based on writings dating to the 8thC.  The scabbard is finished with a hand-rubbed Carnuba Wax finish.

US$725 + Shipping  SOLD


'Scagel-Style' 'Persian' Fighting Knife





Overall Length:  14-5/16  inches
Blade Length: 9-1/4 inches
Hilt Overall Length: 5-1/16 inches
Blade width @ Base: 1-5/16 inch
Blade Thickness at base: 1/4 inch
Center of Gravity: 1 inch from base of blade
Weight: 12.5 ounces
Several decades ago
this style of knife became known as a 'Persian' Fighter for some reason... you could call it an 'Elfin' Fighter and be as accurate frankly.  Whatever it is it's a good-looking, functional fighting knife or camp knife (Hmmm... 'But honey- it's deer season! I need a new Camp Knife!') that feels great in the hand and exhibits superior cutting power for camp chores, building blinds etc.

The Blade is selectively hardened 5160 spring steel ground in a subtle convex curve from the spine to the extremely sharp zero-ground cutting edge.  In it's present 'bright' finish it does not exhibit a noticeable temper-line but this should emerge as the knife naturally patinates in use.  The blade is made in the style of the late Wm.Scagel with the tang inline with the spine of the blade.  The tang extends through the handle to within approx. 5/8 inch of the tip of the handle.

The handle is composed of a brass guard secured and sealed with low-temperature silver solder, a section of beautifully figured Afzealia Burl wood (not a mistype- it's Afzelia, not Azelia) and a Lignum Vitae 'pommel.'  The handle sections are epoxied to the tang which is notched to provide extra grip for the epoxy.

The knife iks provided with a leather-covered wood scabbard decorated with a vine-and-leaf motif in high relief.  A leather Field Scabbard can be provided at additional cost.
US$425 + Shipping   SOLD


Type XVa Sword


Oakeshott Type: XVa
Overall Length:  41-1/4  inches
Blade Length: 32 inches
Blade width @ Base: 1-7/16 inches
Blade Width 3 inches from point: 5/16 inches
Blade Thickness @ Base: .362 inch
Blade Thickness 3 inches from Point: .170 inch
Hilt Overall Length: 29-1/4 inches
Length of Handle: 7 inches
Pommel Type: J
Center of Gravity: 3 inches from guard
Location of Blade Node (measured from Guard):  approx. 17-1/2 inches
Primary Hilt Node: approx. 1/2 inch from cross on handle
Weight: 2lbs 15 oz

Type XVa sword in the style of the late 14th through mid 15th C.   Blade is 5160 spring steel hardened to HRc58-60, then selectively drawn down to HRc45-48 through the  spine, shoulders and tang with the last 8 inches towards the point drawn to a uniform HRc51-53.  The blade has a very convex distal taper making it super rigid. The guards and pommel are made from Mild Steel.  The handle is sandwiched hardwood with  risers at the top, bottom and center.  The handle is wrapped in real linen cord then covered in green Chrome-tanned leather.  The hilt is secured by passing the tang through the pommel and riveting the tip of the tang over the pommel.  The sword is currently provided with a brown leather scabbard reinforced at the throat and chape; A leather-covered wooden scabbard with metal fittings can be provided at additional cost.

The type XVa is an 'Espee Batard' or bastardsword suited to use in either one or two hands.  This sort of sword with it's very rigid, dagger-like blade evolved as a response to plate armor, allowing the user to stab 'around' the plates to attack vulnerable areas between the plates.  The very thick, narrow blade makes cutting challenging.
Price with Brown leather scabbard:
US$1250 + Shipping  SOLD



Late Viking/Early Medieval Sword



Oakeshott Type: Unclassified type
Overall Length:  36-1/4  inches
Blade Length: 30-5/8 inches
Blade width @ Base: 1-7/8 inches
Blade Width 3 inches from point: 1-1/8 inches
Blade Thickness @ Base: .182 inch
Blade Thickness 3 inches from Point: .090 inch
Hilt Overall Length: 5-9/16 inches
Length of Handle: 4 inches
Pommel Type: A
Guard Type: 1
Center of Gravity: 5-1/2 inches from guard
Location of Blade Node (measured from Guard):  approx. 21-3/4 inches
Primary Hilt Node: approx. 1/2 inch from cross on handle
Weight: 2lbs

Sword in the style of the late Viking or Early Medieval period.  Blade is an Unclassified Type, somewhat between a Type X and a Type XII.   Blade is 5160 spring steel hardened to HRc52, then selectively drawn down to HRc45-48 through the tang.  The blade has a straight distal taper. The guards and pommel are made from 1018-1020 mild steel.  The handle is sandwiched hardwood with  risers at the top, bottom and center.  The handle is wrapped in real linen cord then covered in brown Chrome-tanned leather.  The hilt is secured by passing the tang through the 'Brazil-Nut' pommel and riveting the tip of the tang over the pommel.  The sword is currently provided with a Natural leather scabbard reinforced at the throat and chape; A leather-covered wooden scabbard with metal fittings can be provided at additional cost.

Swords of this type were in use at the time of the Norman Invasion of England in 1066.  This particular sword has a blade somewhere between a type X and a type XII.  While the sword is quite thin in cross section it does not feel at all 'whippy' and has good 'blade presence.'  The sword feels very light and agile in the hand and with it's thin cross-section and forward balance should make an excellent cutting sword. 

There's a bit of a story with this sword- for one thing I'm not quite sure when I started the blade...  years ago (7-9?) a member of a local theatrical troupe asked me to make a Viking sword (Tus the mono-temper at HRc52.)  I had blithely started this blade without consulting my notes, and when I did was dismayed to find that the customer had specified a sword 2-1/4 inches wide at the base!  I set this partially-finished blade aside, thinking I'd just use it for a stock sword later and promptly forgot about it.  Things piled up as they do and the blade remained forgotten until this week when I spotted the tang sticking out from behind some miscellenious stuff and pulled it out to see what it was...  I immediatly set about finishing the sword.
Price with leather scabbard:
US$1075 + Shipping Sold 



Tinker Pearce Tactical TSS (2011-055-02) 

Oakeshott Type: N/A
Overall Length:  21-7/8  inches
Blade Length: 16 inches
Blade width @ Base: 1-5/16inches
Blade Width (widest:) 1- 7/16 inches
Blade Thickness @ Base: .250 inch
Blade Thickness 3 inches from Point: .100 inch
Hilt Overall Length: 5-7/8 inches
Center of Gravity:2 inches from base of blade
Weight: 20 ounces
The challenges of designing a modern 'Tactical' sword are many;  It needs to be long enough to offer significant advantages of reach and cutting power and excellent utility, be a good weapon and yet be compact and light enough that it's convenient to carry.  It also needs to be made of proven materials that will withstand the rigors of a wide variety of conditions and use.
This TSS features a differentially-tempered 5160 spring steel blade ground with a slightly convex grind from the spine to the zero-ground cutting edge giving it superb cutting power- but don't take my word for it; check out this video: cutting video.  The Cocobolo wood handle is ergonomically shaped and the wood is quite stable and resistant to shrinkage,  cracking and impact.
The sword is currently provided with a very simple leather scabbard.  Avalaible options (at additional expense) include a protective Black Oxide coating, a 'field-grade' leather scabbard and G-10 handle scales.
This is the second sword of this model offerred for sale as indictaed by it's serial number.
Price:
US$700 + Shipping  Sold







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