Eric McHugh,
Cutler, Scabbardmaker, Blademaker
Gallery of Past Work

Eric is a talented blademaker and cutler in his own right, and will take a limited number
of custom commissions.
Contact him through Mike at Albion Customer Service concerning quotes
and wait times for your custom project.

Anglo-Saxon Seax
This Anglo-Saxon knife features a hand-forged high carbon steel blade (5160) with a decorative groove near the spine. The hilt has a distinctly Scandinavian flare with a nickle-silver ferrule and end cap. The peened end cap is accented with domed steel pins. The grip is made from a hardwood core and is covered in leather. This seax comes with a simple leather sheath and is sharp.

Red grip
Bverall length 17.75" (45.09 cm)
B blade length 12.3125" (31.27 cm)

plus $25 shipping (International shipping will be determined at time of sale)

Small Bearded Axe
This axe has the following features:

- Forge-welded construction (high carbon steel edge welded to a mild steel socket)
- Differential hardening (hardened and tempered edge and soft body for shock resistance)
- Antiqued finish (browned)
- Hand hewn, tapered Ash haft. 30" long.
- 4.5" (11.4 cm) blade length from point to point
- Based on hands-on research of originals

PRICE: $400 USD (each, haft included) SOLD
plus $25 domestic shipping. International shipping will be determined at time of sale.

Steel Rondel Dagger
This dagger is based on several daggers I viewed while in Europe and several others in various publications. The blade is forged from W1 (which is a high carbon steel used in making drill bits).

The blade is hollow-ground on all three sides. Each side is 12mm (0.47 inches) wide.

The guard, grip, and pommel disc are all mild steel. In addition to the careful hollow-grinding, this dagger features extensive filework on the guard, grip and pommel disc. A number of originals served as a source for these patterns.

The leather sheath was made by my business partner Tami Donisi. The sheath is decorated with scribed lines. Tami also helped with polishing the dagger.

Overall Length: 32.5 cm (12.8")
Blade Length: 22.5 cm (8.9")

PRICE: $1,000 SOLD

Anglo-Saxon Seaxes
These Anglo-Saxon knives feature a hand-forged high carbon steel blade (5160) with a decorative groove near the spine.

The hilt has a distinctly Scandinavian flare with a nickle-silver ferrule and end cap. The peened end cap is accented with domed steel pins.

The grip is made from a hardwood core and is covered in leather.

These seaxes come with a simple leather sheath and they are all sharp.

Top seax SOLD
Dark brown grip
blade length 12.75" (32.34 cm)
overall length 17.75 (45.09 cm)

Center seax
Red grip
blade length 12.3125" (31.27 cm)
overall length 17.75" (45.09 cm)

Bottom seax
Mahogany grip
blade length 12.875" (32.7 cm)
overall length 18.063 (45.88 cm)

Price each: $450 (sheath included) plus $25 domestic shipping.
International shipping via UPS and will be determined at time of sale.

Trio of Small Bearded Axes
Just completed: 3 small bearded axes (all the same size and shape) based on examples in Sweden.

These axes have the following features:
- Forge-welded construction (high carbon steel edge welded to a mild steel socket)
- Differential hardening (hardened and tempered edge and soft body for shock resistance)
- Antiqued finish (browned)
- Hand hewn tapered Ash haft included
- 4.5” (11.4 cm) blade length from point to point

PRICE: $400 USD (each, haft included) plus $25 domestic shipping.
International shipping will be determined at time of sale.

Payment options include: check, money order or PayPal (please add 3% to total).

Will custom cut the length of the haft to your specifications.

Interested parties please contact me at ericmycue@verizon.net

Nydam Seaxes

In my opinion, one of the most exciting places in the world for a sword collector is Denmark.  Besides being a beautiful country, Demark is a cornucopia of “bog finds.”  Bogs are marshes near lakes or wet areas that were once lakes or small bodies of water.  For centuries, the inhabitants of this area of Europe have deposited items in these bogs by accident or more commonly as an 0ffering (votive deposit).  The Nydam Bog find is one such “votive deposit.”

First excavated in the 1700’s, the Nydam Bog contains four primary groups of deposits that include 2 ships (the renowned Nydam boat and the Pine boat), swords, shields, lances, spears, axes, arrows, personal items, and knives.  The number of items is so concentrated that excavators referred to them as a “complicated game of pick-up-sticks.”  These items are dated between 250-450 AD with the largest deposits occurring in the 4th and 5th century AD.

Seaxes have always interested me, so when I became familiar with the Nydam find, I was immediately drawn to the seaxes.  These seaxes are simple.  They could have been utility knives or back-up weapons or both.  They seem to exhibit some of the characteristics that are not desirable in a modern knife.  For example, many of them have a small “belly” to the blade.  In addition, many of them have simple wood handles that are just pushed into place without the benefit of a custom fit.  Some of the examples have small but stylish rivet blocks, others are simply peened over an iron disk. 

Many of the Nydam seaxes exhibit decorative file work on the spine.  This simple feature breaks up the line of the spine and catches the eye.  In spite of these modern knifemaking “faux pas,” these seaxes have a harmonious look that is characteristic of their time period.  The modern collector must be careful to consider them in light of their historical context.

I have tried to recreate a variety of Nydam “inspired” seaxes using the best examples from the find.  Three have rivet blocks and two are simply peened over an iron disk.  I have tried to fill in the blanks where the historic examples were heavily corroded and provided little guidance as to the overall shape.  The results, I believe, are worthy of the originals.  The seaxes are hand forged 1080 steel and each blade was heat-treated by me.  In addition, the fittings are made of iron.  Each seax comes with a leather storage sheath made by Tami Donisi.

Price:  $350 per seax (sheath included) plus $25 domestic shipping (International shipping will be quoted at time of purchase). 

I can take check, money order or PayPal (my PayPal e-mail is ericmycue@verizon.net).  Please add 3% to total.  Below you will find pictures and details for each seax.  Other photos of each seax are available on request.  Please put the number of the seax you are inquiring about in the subject of the e-mail.  Interested parties can contact me at eric@albionarmorers.com.

 Nydam Seax 1 SOLD

 Blade Length: 9.5” (24.1 cm)

Overall Length: 14” (35.6 cm)

Grip: Walnut


Nydam Seax 2 SOLD

Blade Length:  9.75” (24.8 cm)

Overall Length: 13.75” (34.4 cm)

Grip: Boxwood


Nydam Seax 3 SOLD

Blade Length: 10.625” (27 cm)

Overall Length:  15” (38.1 cm)

Grip: Maple (stained)


Nydam Seax 4 SOLD

Blade Length: 10.5” (26.7 cm)

Overall Length: 14.625” (37.1 cm)

Grip:  Boxwood


Nydam Seax 5 SOLD

Blade Length: 10” (25.4 cm)

Overall Length:  14.125” (35.9 cm)

Grip:  Maple (stained)



15th Century Hollow-ground Long Rondel
One of my good friends says, "Rondels are ugly!" To a point I agree, they are not the most attractive daggers from the medieval period, but the importance of the rondel dagger to the late medieval period cannot be minimized. Rondels are one of those ubiquitous weapons from the late medieval period. They appear at European courts, military battles and civilian use. Like most medieval weapons there are those rondels that are stunning and those that are more base.

The rondel that I am offering for sale is the result of my study trip to England with Peter Johnsson. It is based on the close examination of several "military" style Rondel daggers in the Royal Armoury at Leeds. David Edge in his book Arms and Armour of the Medieval Knight, describes the basic design and function of the Rondel:

The blades of these daggers tended to be of a strongly triangular cross-section, designed principally for punching through armour and mail and not for cutting. The dagger reserved primarily for administering a coup de grace (final, merciful killing strike) or was used in extremis...(125)

This rather large rondel would have been the sidearm of an archer or infantry soldier (or even an armored knight) and would have been used to finish the job on an unfortunate enemy or drawn in a moment of desperation to save his life. Primarily a thrusting weapon, the stout tip on this weapons would have been maneuvered between gaps in plate armour, under an arm pit or even thrust through a visor on a helm.

This hollow-ground, triangle shaped blade is nearly 11.5 mm (0.5") thick at the base and tapers to a sturdy 3.3 mm @ 1 cm behind the tip. In spite of its thickness, this is a very fast and agile weapon. The hollow-grinding has effectively reduced the weight of the blade while maintaining the powerful thrusting ability of the blade. At 54.6 cm (21.25") in length, this rondel has impressive reach.

The blade has been polished to a smooth, consistent satin finish by Tami Donisi (business partner and forge-hand). The fittings are made from late 19th century architectural iron. It has been etched to bring out the natural strands in the iron. This technique gives the fittings an attractive "faux pattern-welded" appearance while still utilizing historic materials.

The blade has been inset into the lower guard disk by the use of a drift that is the same profile as the blade. The disk was heated to forging temperature; the drift was then pounded into the center of the disk. This formed an inset that was slightly larger than the blade profile and allowed the shoulders of the blade to be recessed into the guard disk (this can be clearly seen in the photos below). This was a method that was often employed by medieval smiths. The result is a clean, tight fit between guard and blade.

Sheath design

The grip is made from African Blackwood. This rondel comes with a historically inspired leather sheath with iron chape. I've included a design sketch that was used for the creation of the sheath.

Blade: 54.6 cm (21.25")
Overall Length: 65.6 cm (25.825")
Steel: W1 (high carbon tool steel)
Fittings: Late 19th Century Iron
Grip: African Blackwood

Complete rondel and sheath suite: $1,300 SOLD
(US shipping included, international shipping cost will be determined at the time of purchase).

I take the following forms of payment: personal check, money orders, cashier's check or PayPal (please add 3% to final price).
If you are interested in purchasing this piece, contact me at ericmycue@verizon.net

Medium Viking Axe

This medium axe is based on original axes found near Uppsala, Sweden. The axe features forge-welded construction (like the originals) and differential hardening: the edge has been thoroughly hardened and tempered, while the body and haft socket remain untouched. This provides an added measure of resiliency to the axe head, allowing for a keen cutting edge and a schock absorbing body.

The blade is 8.25" from point to point.

Price: $550 for axe head only SOLD
plus $25 for shipping, insurance and packaging.

I can haft the axe for an added fee of $200. This includes a custom shaped and fitted oak haft.

Additional options and their prices can be discussed.

This seax is a result of a recent research trip with Peter Johnsson. It incorporates a number of features found on 6-7th century Vendel, Valsgarde, Frankish, and Anglo-Saxon fighting knives.

This knife is designed to be a sturdy battlefield weapons. It is fairly thick along the spine and has a modest distal taper to a awl-like tip that is specifically designed for thrusting. It's narrow width and long grip combined to make a very agile weapon.

Hand forged from a W1 (1% carbon) drill rod blank, this seax has an edge that is suited for moderate/heavy targets. Moreover, it has been triple tempered to ensure that it has excellent sharpness and edge retention for the life of the seax.

Steel: W1
Fittings: Bronze
Blade Length: 15.25" (38.74 cm)
Overall Length: 21.375" (54.29 cm)
Grip: Birch with leather cover

This Seax comes with a basic leather sheath.

Price $800 SOLD
plus $25 domestic shipping. International shipping will be calculated at the time of purchase.
I can use PayPal (my Paypal email is ericmycue@verizon.net). Please add 3% to the total.



Based on examples from the Art Institute of Chicago, this halberd is hand-forged of 1080 steel. The haft is hand-carved and shaped of oak and through-rivetted.

Overall length: 7' 2"
Edge: 7.5"
A simlar halberd would probably run $1,600.00

German Grossemesser
This is a basic German soldier's Grossemesser. The blade is hand forged 1080. It is polished to a smooth satin finish. The fittings are forged mild steel. The guard is secured to the blade shoulders with a knuckle guard that passes through the guard and blade and is peened on the other side. The pommel is forged/welded into place on the tang of the sword. The grip scales are stablized maple burl and are secured with rivets.

2 pounds 2.5 oz (979 grams)
29.875" (75.88 cm) overall length
24.6" (62.48 cm) blade length
4.75" (12.06 cm) Point of balance from guard
1.75" (4.45 cm) wide at the hilt

Price: $1,600 (+$24 for domestic shipping) SOLD

Basic Period Scabbard: $550 (4-6 month delivery)

Period Scabbard with by-knife and awl: $950 (4-6 month delivery)

I can ship the sword as soon as the core for the scabbard is made (2 weeks estimate) so that you can have the sword while you wait for the scabbard to be completed.

Soldier's Rondel (Rehilt Project)
Blade is pattern-weld from MRL. Hilt discs are mild steel and grip is English Boxwood.
A similar Rondel would sell for $950 in pattern-weld and $550 mono-steel.


Small Seax

Made of 1080 (high carbon steel), this seax draws it's inspiration from knives found in Birka. In addition, the file work on the spine is found on several small seax's found near the town of Jönköping in Sweden. It is still seen on modern scandinavian knives. The grip is Walnut, and the fittings are sterling silver.
Overall Length: 11.25"
Blade Lenth: 7.0"
Width at grip: 1

Small Pattern-welded Seax

This seax is draws it's inspiration from knives found in Birka. In addition, the file work on the spine is found on several small seax's found near the town of Jönköping in Sweden. It is still seen on modern scandinavian knives. The seax is made of twisted layers of 1095 and L6. The fittings are sterling silver, and the grip is maple.
Overall Length: 11.75" (29.8 cm)
Blade Length: 7.5" (19.1 cm)
Blade Width at Grip: 1" (2.54 cm)


Small Viking Axe

This axe is based on a small Viking axe that I documented in Sweden. It is forge-welded construction. The socket and body is made of mild steel, and the edge is made of 1080 (high carbon steel). The blade is 6.25" long. The haft is made of hickory that has been stained brown.

Traditional Seax
Price: SOLD

Brescia Seax

This seax was inspired by a seax found in the museum in Brescia, Italy, which was documented by Peter Johnsson.

It is hand forged 1075 with hand forged mild steel fittings. The blade has a subtle downward curve that was achieved in heat treat. This curve was intentional since the original had such a curve. The blade features has a reinforced tip for thrusting and engraved decorative lines. The grip is hard wood covered in leather.

Overall length: 22.75"
Blade length: 16.75"

Weight: 1.5 lbs

Eric McHugh Brescia Seax....SOLD

Towton Long Rondel

This example of a long rondel dagger is the kind of back-up weapon an archer might have carried. It has a hollow-ground parallelogram cross-section.

Eric has based this blade design on an example in the Museum of London.

An example of the disk like fittings is found in Germany, but they were a very common style for military daggers all over Europe.

It is a stout blade for use against heavily armored enemies, designed as a close-quarter weapon stiff enough to penetrate the mail and padding between armor plate. The blade is hand-forged and hand-ground from 1095 steel. The grip is stabilized birch that is bound with linen cord, then covered with leather.

Kevin Iseli will be making a period sheath with a forged chape, included in the price.

Overall length: 25.75"

Blade length: 21.375"
Width at hilt: 1.28"
Width 1" from tip: 0.405"
Weight: 1.5 lbs

Eric McHugh Towton Long Rondel....SOLD


Eric has hand forged and hollow ground the 1095 steel blade for this curved dagger, giving it a smooth satin finish. A Gaboon Ebony grip and hand filed pommel and guard complete the piece.

Eric McHugh Bloodthorn.... SOLD

Drow Dagger: Glimmer

Eric tells this story about this dagger:

"Several months ago, I went to the basement of Albion to reset a circuit breaker. I had ventured into a section of the basement that I had never seen before. Before I realized it, I was no longer in the basement, but I was walking in a subterranean passage. With my flashlight in hand, I ventured deeper into the passage. All of a sudden I was attacked by the strangest creature. He stood about 5' 8" and had black skin and hair that was whiter than snow. He lunged at me with a dagger. My years of military training saved me because I shifted my weight and allowed the blade to pass by me. At the same moment, I grabbed his arm and wrist and twisted the blade from his hand. I then proceeded to dump him on the ground. Dazed and unarmed he jumped to his feet and ran off into the darkness.

"I made my way back to the basement and sealed the hole with some wood planks. I took the dagger to Howy who immediately recognized it. ‘That is a Drow dagger,’ he stated in a flat yet awed tone. ‘Drow?’ I asked. ‘The Dark Elves…’ That was enough information for me… I do not want this cursed weapon so I am offering it for sale. It is an evil thing. Very light and agile. Clearly, its only purpose is to slip between the ribs of some helpless person lost in the darkness."

Okay, okay, you don’t believe any of that? Well then, let’s tell the real story:

Eric hand-forged the blade out of W2 and the fittings are hand-made from mild steel. Both the blade and fittings are polished to a smooth satin finish. The grip is Gaboon Ebony. This blade has the foundation of an edge but is not full-sharp. A handmade scabbard is included.

Overall Length: 15.5"
Blade length: 10"

SOLD Eric McHugh Drow Dagger.... SOLD

Skein Beag

Eric drew his inspiration for this knife from his research on Irish fighting knives in the National Museum of Ireland and from his research on the Viking scramasax. The blade is hand-forged W2 (a high-carbon steel). It is hollow ground and polished to a smooth satin finish. The blade is quite light and fast; it features a thickened tip section that reduces the tip's vulnerability during thrusting. The grip is made of walnut burl and the fittings are bronze. This knife is very sharp. A simple leather sheath is included.

Overall Length: 14"
Blade length: 9 5/8"
Weight: 4 oz.
Width at the guard: 7/8"

SOLD Skein Beag.... SOLD


This axehead is hand forged of 1095 steel and given a blued finish. The Walnut handle has an elkskin wrap and handmade bronze end cap.

Small Viking Axe.... SOLD



The 8" blade of this scramasax is hand forged of 1080 steel, and features a wenge handle with bronze fittings.

Scramasax.... SOLD

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