This small Viking Age utility sax knife (also known as a broken back seax due to its particular blade shape) has a short, hand-forged high carbon steel blade with a thick spine. The eye-catching, polished bone grip is beautifully etched on both sides with a Norse motif in Borre style (ca. 850-950 AD) and terminates towards the blade with a brass collar. The butt cap, also made of brass, features a convenient steel eyelet with a brass ring for threading a lanyard or drawing the knife from its sheath (lanyard not included).
The short Viking seax comes with a thick, ornate vegetable tanned leather sheath adorned with a hand-tooled braid / plaitwork pattern. The sheath is nicely rounded off with reinforcing bone scales, brass rivets and two brass hanging rings in the shape of coiled serpents.
Although fully functional, the knife has a blunt edge which you may want to sharpen if needed for everyday use. However, please note that this Viking knife is primarily designed as a collector's or decoration piece. The blade's point is not rounded and by no means suited for combat reenactment!
- Blade material: EN45 spring steel (high carbon steel, not stainless), unsharpened
- Handle material: animal bone and cast brass
- Overall length: approx. 21 cm
- Blade length: approx. 10 cm
- Blade width: approx. 2.5 cm
- Blade thickness: approx. 4 mm (approx. 3 mm towards the point)
- Weight: approx. 210 g (approx. 320 g with sheath)
- Leather sheath with bone and brass fittings and antiqued brass carrying rings