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Horn and Bone Handled Seax - 349855302

Horn and Bone Handled Seax

Overall Length: 14 1/2'' Blade: 9 1/8''
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Weight:12.8 oz
Edge: Unsharpened
Thickness:4.3 mm - 3 mm
Width:32.5 mm
Grip Length:4 3/8''

The seax was a common blade in Saxon, Scandinavian and Frankish cultures of the Migration and Early Medieval period. Though there are regional variations, the seax always features a single-edged blade with a thick spine, sharply tapering to an abrupt point. The seax varies in length from the size of small utility knives to the length of a short sword.

Swords were fabulously expensive and required a skillful hand to produce - they were well out of the reach of the common man. Instead, he used the seax as both a utility knife and a fighting blade. The quality of seax varied as widely as the means of the men to purchase or create them - some are quite crude but a rare few had craftsmanship to rival master-crafted swords and had pattern-welded blades inlaid with metallic runes. These elaborate seax prove that the appeal of the seax could extend even to the chieftains and noblemen who may have in some cases preferred it over a sword.

Shorter seax almost invariably seem to be intended for utility, with a thick spine that could be used for hammering or could take a hammer to pound the blade through a material for a cleaner cut. The longer seax were intended solely for fighting. It is postulated in some of these tribes that all freemen carried the seax and displayed it prominently, horizontally at the front of their belt to denote status. In any case it is clear that its use was so widespread among the Saxons that their very name derives from the seax.

When used for fighting the thick spine ensured that a chop delivered with the larger fighting seax was ferociously effective, well-capable of severing a limb with force. The sharply tapered wedge-tip also made piercing wounds that could be made very wide with only a few inches penetration. It is sharply enough tapered that some thick-spined blades could have also broken links of mail asunder with a powerful, well-angled thrust. The long centuries of common, cross-cultural use of the seax attest to its utility and deadliness.

This seax has an unsharpened blade of high carbon steel. The guard is of carved black horn wedged between two plates of riveted steel. The pommel is of steel and the grip is of bone. Comes with a brown suede leather sheath with knotted leather belt loops.

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