16.5″ Anglo Saxon Patternwelded Broken Back Seax Blade 001


Patterwelded steel 16.5 inch broken back seax

• Blade dimensions: 16.5 inches long + tang and 1 3/4 inches wide, 6.7 mm at the broken back and 5.7 mm where the blade meets the tang
• Blade material: 15N20 Carbon Steel and CS80 and EN42J carbon steel, vintage wrought iron

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This blade is a 6 bar construction. First a layer of wrought iron at the spine and then , 4 bars of twisted patternweld. The bars are mainly dark steel with 2 layers of bright steel in them to give thin bright streaks in the twist. Finally there is an edge of random pattern damascus. This is made using the same techniques that are used in the making of legendary Saxon and Viking swords.

Broken back seax blades have a very distinctive and stylised geometry, where the blade is thicker at the broken back and tapers towards the tip and back towards the handle. The Anglo Saxon broken back seax is the iconic tool and weapon of the Saxon. And found almost exclusively in the UK. Historically the blades have lots of subtle differences in profile but often share communality with the broken back part of the blade being the thickest.

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