Saxe

Scramaseaxe, Seax, Saxe, hadseaxe, langseaxe : half knife and half dagger with a single edged, broad blade, the Seax was the fighting and utility knife of the Anglo-Saxon warrior. The grip, made of bone, wood or antler, was a force fit. The knife, either plain iron or pattern welded, varied in size from 3 to 30 inches. The smaller pocket knife sized hadseaxe was the everyday utility knife whereas the much larger langseaxe was regarded as a good substitute for the sword. Unlike the sword, the langseaxe had no pommel or crossguard and was designed for stabbing rather than for fencing. Possessing a scramaseaxe may have been a symbol of freemanship.

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