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In Viking culture, every free-born man would likely have a seax - if he could bear the cost of one. Some seaxes, with thick spines and sloped triangular tips, could be considered merely defensive - others (like this one) were designed for better thrust. Both tool and weapon, the seax came in different sizes for daily use and for the obligations of warfare; the shorter seax was an utilitarian cutting blade and the longest seax was something like a short sword, and was utilized accordingly. There was, likewise, a mid-sized seax that could be utilized for both purposes - such as this example. A war seax could be made with a thicker spine for sturdiness, and did not require the mind blowing production and treating that a sword required. Not only a ''stand-in'' for warriors who couldn't bear the cost of a full sword, nor a mere back-up weapon on the belt of a chieftain - the seax was valued in its own right. It could give unequivocal slashes, and the tight wedge-tip has magnificent geometry for wounding; moreover, the shorter length of the weapon permitted the warrior to get close in. A few warriors favored their seax to the sword, and there are cases of seaxes that have been expertly crafted to the same norms as the finest of Scandinavian swords. This Viking Seax, featuring knotwork design, has a cutting edge of high carbon steel. The grip is made of richly grained hardwood and the top grasp ferrule and pommel are solid brass - not (cheaper) plated alloy, which can scratch off. It is accompanied by a sturdy sewn cowhide sheath with belt loops.
Knotwork was first used by the Celtic peoples, as evidenced by metalwork from the British isles made between the sixth century BC and AD 100. Unsurprisingly, this pleasing artistic concept spread to neighbouring cultures and became a strong feature of Nordic art. It has been suggested that the Frankish court adopted the style from Scandinavia into France to symbolise their political independence from the Eastern Roman Empire. Whatever the case, the knotwork motif became a common cultural reference throughout much of Europe during the Dark Ages.
Just great, I agree with all the comments. Fine piece of work, nice to handle, good balance, hand-feel, everything about it.
I'd only add to the comment about tilting downward on the belt is sew an extra seam into the long strap. I think I'll change them anyway, fit brass rings or something. Fancy the sheath up a bit, or make a new one.
Becoming a regular customer, for good reason. Unknown on 22nd Jan 2019
Today I opened a package from Medieval Shoppe.
What I found inside exceeded my expectations.
This is a beautifully made Seax.
Once again Medieval Shoppe has outdone themselves.
If you are looking for really well made historical reproductions then look no further than Australia's own Medieval Shoppe.
I am a very satisfied customer!
Will be buying from them again. Steve Bowers on 16th Aug 2017
Great, well made, strong blade. Was interested in how the balance felt with a pommel, and was very impressed with it. The leather sheath looks great and fits the blade very securely.
Very happy with my Dublin Seax. Sean Lynch on 5th Aug 2017
I LOVE this Seax. I've bought from the Medieval Shoppe before so I was confident but this is just such an awesome well crafted, hefty all purpose blade, AND looks better than the pictures once it's in your hand. My girlfriend did a Seax dance when I gave it to her to look at - and yes, it was VERY SEAXY :D. My advice - buy one. Buy one NOW! Tracy on 1st Aug 2017
This is a gorgeous piece. So beautifully crafted and has a good weight to it. Haven't quite worked out how to wear it in the sheath yet since the hilt os very heavy and tilts it all downward. But it's all so well made, I'll figure it out. Chrissy Welch on 15th May 2017
absolutely beautiful piece of work from the blade to the pommel and the sheath, very happy with the product Unknown on 29th May 2015
When I unwrapped it my Seax I was very happy with quality and build of both it and the Sheath. Steve Tomlinson on 18th May 2015