5” Wrought Iron and 26c3 Steel Anglo Saxon Broken Back Seax Blade 009


Vintage wrought iron and 26c3 steel hotdog in a bun construction 5” broken back seax blade

• Blade dimensions: 5 inches long + tang and 1 inches wide, 3 mm at the broken back and 2.8 mm at the tang blade transition
• Blade material:  26c3carbon steel, vintage wrought iron

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This blade is a hot dog in a bun construction . The steel invert only goes 1/2 way up the core of the wrought iron so there’s wrought iron on the spa as well as the cheeks of the blade. I wonder what the Saxons called this type of construction. This method of construction was a very common method of blade construction throughout history . The wrought iron skin and sine giving a more supportive casing to the hard steel core. This seax has wrought iron from ancient church bell clappers as the skin and a core of 26c3 steel. These techniques are very similar techniques that are used in the making of legendary Saxon and Viking swords and indeed the famous katana that seems to steal all of the lime light from the more advanced construction methods of the Vikings and Saxons.

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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