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The seax, or sax, was carried throughout Northern Europe. Carried and used by the Saxons, Angles, Vikings and German tribes, its use most likely dates to before the fall of Rome and continued on into the early Middle Ages. In fact, it is speculated that the Saxons derived their name from seax; the implement for which they are known. Ranging 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 in situations where a sword or axe was not available. Wearing a seax may have been indicative of freemanship. Knives such as this one may have seen service in the Holyland. This knife features hardwood scales which are pinned to the full profiled tang of its tempered high carbon steel blade. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts®.