Seax Knives: Blades of the Vikings

The seax blade profile is deeply associated with Scandinavian and Viking lore.

The seax was also known as the ‘sax’, or ‘scramasax’.

Although the Norse were more often associated with axes, they were also known to carry seax knives with them, at nearly all times, both for protection, as well as general use.

Seax Blade Designs

The seax blade profile design can vary somewhat, and includes a bowie-style blade, a spear-point, a drop-point hunter-style, as well as a broken-back style with a distinct blade clip, which is the one associated most often with the Vikings.

Seax blade profiles were used for a lot of knives in the region and the blade size varied between 7 and 30 inches. The seax blade profile was intended to be a general-use utility blade.

And a general-use utility blade it was. The seax blade profile proved to be quite effective for the Vikings, as well as others in nearby regions. The tip is precise and accurate, and the curvature of the blade tip makes it ideal for a multitude of tasks.

Do note that I was unable to find a photo which I was allowed to use for the true Viking-style seax blade, so I instead used a different seax blade profile.

Main Image Photographed by Wikipedia User: Bullenwächter – Photographed at Alamannenmuseum Weingarten, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1069534

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