Knives are the single edged cousin to the dagger. Historically knives had a utilitarian purpose, filling needs such as hunting, camp work and cutting. They could be used for protection if a sword or axe was unavailable. They have evolved into complex weapons which can be easily concealed.
Popular in the Confederacy during the Civil War for its all-purpose capabilities, the D-Guard bowie chopped branches, split logs, sliced saplings and even had its way with a Yankee or two. Re-enactors use it to dig cannon emplacements! The steel guard can withstand punishment and the massive, high carbon steel blade holds an edge well. A soldier on the move soon learns to travel light, so a handmade bowie was often treasured as a backup weapon when the entire cavalry were "under the guns." Grip is contoured wood with light stain. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts®. Includes leather sheath with metal furniture.
The Jambiya is found in every country that has been inhabited by the Arabs, from Turkey to the Balkans, even in Spain. It is unsure how old this exotic knife type is. Our offering is of the form found in Persia and India and is worn at the stomach under a sash or belt. Beautiful solid hardwood grip with decorative rondels. Hardwood scabbard covered in thin black leather with nickel tip.
Back by popular demand is this Viking seax, whose long blade is decorated with letters of the runic alphabet. The Vikings believed that runes possessed magical power and often inscribed them into blades to increase power. Copied from one on display at the British Museum. Leather-wrapped handle gives you a firm grip on this surprisingly light and quick weapon. Comes with a brown leather scabbard and two back-belt hanging straps. .Made by Windlass Steelcrafts.
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. The lobed pommel and guard are brass, and the wood grip is studded with brass tacks, for a very secure and comfortable grip. The blade is etched on both sides, flat ground, and capable of taking and holding a razor sharp edge. Leather sheath riveted and laced like the originals, has two thong slots. The remnants of this Seax can be seen in the British Museum. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts®.