The seax, or sax, was universal in Northern Europe. Carried and used by the Saxons, Angles, Vikings, and German tribes, its use probably dated before the fall of Rome and continued on into the early Middle Ages. From small knives with 3-4 inch blades to actual swords with blades of 27-28 inches and always single-edged, the profile of the seax varied a great deal. The original version of this large knife served from camp work to cutting work, on shipboard, and for fighting if a sword or axe was not available.
Made by Windlass Steelcrafts, our replica has a brass lobed pommel and guard. The wood grip is studded with brass tacks for a very secure and comfortable grip. The factory sharp, flat ground 1075 high carbon steel blade is etched on both sides and the leather sheath is riveted and laced like the originals with two thong slots. The remnants of the seax this was based on can be seen in the British Museum.