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This heavy-duty knife was typical of utility blades of the Middle Ages. That is: thick, heavy and almost wielding like a short sword. Although of good use for lopping off branches, slaughtering animals and even cutting a furrow, we must however presume these hefty sword-like knives were mainly self defence weapons for the common man. Throughout Europe, bears, wild boar and wolves still roamed, and a three-inch-blade didn't really make much impact against a small pack of ravenous wolves. Human enemies were also of concern - there was little a group of villagers could do against a large band of armour clad enemy warriors passing through who decided to help themselves to grain, livestock or whatever - but of greater concern were bandits and pirates that could appear without warning. These marauders would not appear in great numbers. and would invariably disappear before local troops could be summoned. We all know of the Vikings, but almost forgotten today are the Muslim Barbary pirates who engaged in Razzias, raids on European coastal towns and villages, mainly in Italy, France, Spain, and Portugal, but also in the British Isles, the Netherlands and as far away as Iceland. The main purpose of their attacks was to capture Christian slaves for the Ottoman slave trade as well as the general Muslim slavery market in North Africa and the Middle East. Over a period of 500 years, up until about 1600, it's been estimated that over a million Europeans were kidnapped. Yes indeed ... a common man needed a BIG knife at his side.
This knife is very sold, EN45 steel, full tang - sharp and functional. Its seax-style design would not have seemed unfamiliar to anybody of that era. It weighs half a kilo and comes with a beautiful sturdy leather sheath. Its overall length is 43.5 cm., the blade being 29.3 cm long and 5.2 cm wide at its base.