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Odin

The blade is based on the typical shape of a Viking sax of the 9th. century. The sax only served to reinforce the already fearsome reputation associated with the Vikings. Like a huge carving knife, it had a curved sharpened edge and a flattened back which met at a point. The sax was the forerunner of the falchion which in turn gave rise to the sabre.

The same original piece of red beech was used to carve two blades of equal length, this one and another based on a 13th. century falchion. The two swords simply had to be named Odin and Thor.

In the first millenium, legend of the Nordic people placed Odin as chief of the gods and King of Asgard. He was the god of war, death, wisdom, inspiration and prophesy, a conflict of interests well within the capabilities of such a powerful god. He ruled over the great hall of slain warriors, Valhalla. These warriors helped Odin and the other gods try to defeat the giants at the final battle of Ragnarok. Unfortunately Odin was killed and devoured by Fenrir the giant wolf who was, in turn slayed by one of Odin's sons, the god Vidar. Odin's eldest son was Thor, the god of thunder and of the Sun.


Specifications:

blade type; single edge, Viking sax
blade length; 75 cm., 30 inches
overall length; 95 cm., 37 inches

Woods used:

blade; red beech
cross-guard; rimu (heartwood)
pommel rimu (sapwood)