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Frankish double-edged scramasax

Hey, live and learn. I originally listed this scramsaxe as a "Viking style double-edged saxe knife", and declared that it was a nice try but not an historic reproduction. Further research has shown that it's actually a Frankish style, circa 550. The original lives in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I couldn't find a picture of the original, but shown above is a drawing of a similar knife in the Museum of London.

Here's my original blurb for the saxe:

"Viking style saxe knife. One of the defining characteristics of the saxe was it's single edged blade, occasionally with a sharpened "false edge" for a few inches on the back side. This stylized reproduction has a double-edged blade which is more of a wide dagger or shortsword style, but it's pretty nifty despite the historical inaccuracies. (Where but at TherionArms do merchants tell you about such things? Most places on the web you'll see this advertised as an "AUTHENTIC VIKING DEATH DAGGER EXACT COPY OF ERIC THE RED'S BATTLE BLADE THAT CONQUERED VINLAND!"). Nicely double ground edged blade (which is brightly polished - came out dark in some of the pictures because I had to angle the blade not to get reflections of myself in a cat-fur covered sweatshirt), smooth grip, brass fittings (with obligatory Celtic knotwork), and leather sheath with horizontal suspension system (they got that part right - the saxe was worn horizontally at the back or left side). It's not quite historically accurate, but it's well made and a nice sidearm for anyone of the Berserk Celto-Viking persuasion."

It was such a good rant that I wanted to keep it here. Turns out I was wrong and it actually is a historical style. As I said, live and learn!

Production of these was discontinued in 2009, but they are now available again.

length: 17 1/2"
blade: 11 1/2"
blade width: 1 3/4"
grip and pommel: 6 3/4" long edge
grip and pommel: 6 3/4" short edge
weight (knife): 1 lb 3.0 oz
weight (knife and sheath): 1 lb 10.5 oz

Price: $130

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