This knife was made for a U. S. Marine.
This long-bladed Viking-styled seax is hand-forged to a needle point in twisted Damascus steel. The heavy blade is wedge-ground with a long distal taper. The blade is hand-polished and acid-etched, and forged into the traditional broken back configuration.
The oval guard is solid layers of copper with filework, with a heat-colored finish. The hand-fitting grip is the cannon bone of an elk, polished smooth and beautifully aged. A copper ferrule iand pommel cap are pinned with copper tacks to the bone grip. There ferrule and pommel cap are deeply engraved with Viking runes, which translate to "Always Forward" and "Always Faithful", Marine mottos.
The heavy vegetable-tanned leather sheath is wet-molded and hand-stitched, and dyed brown.The edge faces, stitching and chape are fully encased with heat-patinated copper plates, secured with solid hand-made copper rivets. A simple punched pattern borders the copper pieces. The sheath is suspended with copper-tipped and riveted leather loops, blade up in the traditional manner. The leather is finished with Neatsfoot oil.
The blade is 11” long, 3/16" thick, with a width varying from 1.125" at the guard to 1.5" wide at the break. The grip is 6" and the overall length of the knife is 17”.
* A Seax (also Hadseax, Sax, Seaxe, Scramaseax and Scramsax), was a type of Germanic single-edged knife and were carried for nearly 600 years. Seax seem to have been used primarily as a tool but may also have been a weapon in extreme situations. They occur in a size range from 3” to 30”. The larger ones (langseax) were probably weapons, the smaller ones (hadseax) tools, intermediate sized ones serving a dual purpose. The seax was worn in a horizontal sheath at the front of the belt. The Saxons may have derived their name from seax, the implement for which they were known.
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