Seax Knives

By 
Devin Carlson
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Published Aug 18, 2021
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So, looking to get a little medieval are ya? Don’t blame you for that one bit.

No better way to do that than with the Germanic Scramasax, also known as the Seax, or Sax. Similar in use to the Kukri of the Nepalese, these knives were basically the everyday tools that these farmers, fishers, and carpenters would use.

Whether you are looking for a Seax to be a cosplay character, or you are interested in getting a true-to-form ancient working tool, this list will have something for you.

None of these tools are toys though, each one of these knives is a sturdy tool or a collector's item, depending on what you are wanting it for.

So, in honor of my Germanic ancestors, I have compiled a list of the best Seax Knives your greenbacks can buy.

Our Top Picks Of Best Seax Knives

Reviews Of The Best Seax Knives From Our Research

Toferner: Baldr Seax

Toferner Original Gift - Baldr - Sax Sharp - Hand Forged Knife - Sports- Hand Made Genuine Leather Case- Polished & Hardened Blade - Art Collection- Antiquity.Idea Beautiful Product
  • LECTIOA MUST-HAVE FOR YOUR ART COLN: No matter if you are fond of knives or antiques in general, you should definitely include it to your collection! Hand forged products may soon be extinct! Make sure you get yours and offer it to the family legacy before it is too late!
  • LOVERS OF THE PAST: Unfortunately no time machine can take you back in time, but you can still feel like being in antiquity by holding this knife! Just facing its hand forged design and the genuine leather case, will take your mind away!
  • THE PERFECT PRESENT IDEA FOR ART LOVERS: Are you once again in the pursuit of the ideal present? Offer this gift and you will be remembered for your choice! A vintage valuable can always been proudly used as a unique ornament!
  • FEEL CONFIDENT FOR YOUR PURCHASE: Toferner offers the best quality and the best customer service as well! With money back guarantee, 2 years of warranty and replacement policy, you have every good reason to place your order now!

Toferner is a relatively new company that started in 2011 with only 3 employees. Since then they have been growing and now have 10 employees. At least they did last time I read their mission statement.

What sets Toferner apart from most other cutlery manufacturers is that these guys are true to form hands-on blacksmiths, not manufacturers. With the advent of modern technologies in metallurgy and machining processes, you can say most knife manufacturers are machinists.

Not this crew, each one of their products is hand-made. Hours of heating, beating, shaping, tempering, and sharpening go into each knife. Assuring that when your product is delivered that you get it is unique, you have a true one-of-a-kind item.

The Baldr is made from 14260 spring steel which is renowned for its durability, is full-tang, and period-accurate. With a leather-braided grip and hand-made pommel, you’ll feel like you are stepping back in time with this Seax.

The rough finish and etching on the blade are just a great aesthetic finish. While you may just want to add this to your collection you could use this knife with no fear of it breaking or bending.

Not to mention it shares its name with a Nordic God.


Ex Gurkha Khukuri House Seax

CRKT KUK Fixed Blade Knife: Carbon Steel Knife with Full Tang Kukri Recurved Blade, Injection Molded Handle, and Polyester Sheath 2742
  • Powerful Cutting: Kukri blade style provides powerful cutting
  • Strong And Durable: 65 mn carbon steel is tough and holds and edge well
  • Secure And Comfortable: Injection molded handle with texture for grip
  • Designed by Ryan Johnson of RMJ Tactical in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty covers any defects in materials or workmanship, see company site for details

Okay, so remember when I brought up the fact that the Seax and Kukri were similar in usage by ancient peoples?

That those knives were their everyday carry for farming, hunting, hacking, and a cutting?

Well, the Ex Gurkha Khukuri House is a group of Nepalese blacksmiths that still make the Kukris that are still being used by the British military Gurkha units, the Nepalese army, and law enforcement.

And the really interesting takeaway is Nepal has had and still has a caste system that has survived to this day. The Kami and Biswakarma are the castes that have passed down their art of blacksmithing since before the first samurai’s sword was ever made.

When you pick up a knife from the Ex Gurkha Khukuri House you will be holding in your hand-craftsmanship that stretches back to before B.C. became A.D.

Their knives are made to be used.

And beautiful to boot. This Seax in particular has an 8” 5160 steel blade and 5” Rosewood handle, really just making it a piece of eye candy in addition to its functionality. The leather sheath is gorgeous to boot and brings out her eyes.


Everest Blade: Long Seax

Nepalforged-18 inches Blade Handmade Seax sword -Handmade sword-traditional sword from Nepal-top quality knife-Hand forged Viking sword
  • Hand forged in Nepal by Nepal Forged
  • Blade: Blade is Made of 5160 carbon steel , Leaf spring of truck, 18 inches Blade ,Balance water tempered on the Edge , very strong.
  • Made of 5160 leaf spring with Balance water tempered on the edge so very strong for any kind of indoor or outdoor work
  • Handle: 7 inches long , Full tang , Made of Rosewood

Another amazingly well-made and just dare I say it, gorgeous, short sword. I mean knife.

Also made by a Nepalese blacksmith who has a great eye for aesthetics and an appreciation for Nordic culture. With a blade length of a whopping 18” of 5160 steel and an oversized rosewood handle that is 7” in length, this blade is a machete that's ready to do work.

This Long Seax comes with a gorgeously crafted leather scabbard, which while it isn’t true to the era of the knife, is still of the highest quality.


The Poshland Seax

REG-HKJ 310 - Custom Handmade High Carbon Steel SEAX Knife - Stunning Rose Wood Handle
  • High Carbon Steel Knife
  • Great Piece of Art , Fully Functional
  • Stunning Rose Wood Handle
  • Perfect Hunting Knife - Sharp Edge Blade

Poshland is a knife maker that hails from London, so a bit closer to the original home of the design. The guys and gals over at Poshland take their craft seriously because every Seax they send out the door is checked to ensure that it has a work-ready sharp edge.

European artists work differently, I can say this from personal experience. Americans generally tend to take advantage of their speed and efficiency. Europeans take immense pride in ensuring every customer is getting what they want and the quality of their craftsmanship.

So while this Seax would look right at home on a cosplayers belt, know that you would be getting a work-ready knife. You could take this out hunting with you on day one.

And you really can’t beat the price on this one.


Condor Tool & Knife: Norse Dragon Seax

Condor Norse Dragon Fixed 7.03 in Blade Hickory Wood Handle
  • Blade length: 7.03 in
  • Overall length: 11.72 in
  • Blade material: 1075HC
  • Handle material: Hickory wood
  • Leather sheath

This is another highly stylized Seax import. While this knife has all the stylization and aesthetics of a Nordic knife, the manufacturers hail out of El Salvador.

Condor Tool & Knife has a whole selection of historical knives and tools up to and including hand-carved wooden spoons. This knife is made from 1095 high carbon steel with a hickory handle.

The sheath that comes with this product is made with distressed dark brown leather. Both the handle and the sheath are decorated with knotwork giving it a distinct look that screams Nordic.

The rough finish on the blade gives this knife an authentic appeal like it was handed to you from a sweaty grimy medieval blacksmith in exchange for some of your year's harvest.


SZCO Supplies: Wire Wrapped Seax

SZCO Supplies 203340 Wire Wrapped Seax with Sheath
  • 15.5 Inches overall
  • Stainless steel blade
  • Wire wrapped handle

SZCO Supplies is an importer and manufacturer of a wide array of different knives, swords, and cutlery. But when you are in the market for a style of knife such as a Seax sometimes importers are the way to go.

Check out that Nepalese-made Seax for instance.

When hunting for a tool that is this uncommon you will be hard-pressed to find many blacksmiths or manufacturers that create usable quality products. This particular Seax hails from Pakistan, and for the price, it is quite high quality.

An overall length of 15.5”,  made from Pakistani steel with a full tang and a wire-wrapped handle, this blade has a heft to it that the others on this list do not. While not as embellished as the Baldr above, the bronze guard and pommel and authentic leather sheath give it a truly authentic made-for-use ‘feel.’

You won’t beat the price for this quality.


Cold Steel: Cheiftan’s Seax

Cold Steel Sax Knife with Leather Sheath, Chieftan's Sax, One Size
  • Every Viking Chieftain was familiar if not an expert with sword, shield, spear and axe, but these are long and heavy and often bulky weapons that were not always within reach so for 24-hour protection they almost universally carried a large Sax
  • Forged from high carbon steel with a hard spring temper and satin polish; Features a “broke back” blade profile with a point similar to a clip point bowie knife but predating the bowie by many centuries
  • Comes with a modestly sized brass guard that serves to keep the fingers from sliding forward on to the blade while offering a modicum of protection from opposing weapons
  • Handle is intricately hand carved in a link pattern that is visually stunning and compliments the matching brass guard and pommel; Includes a period correct brown leather scabbard with brass accents, a leather laced seam and leather carrying straps
  • Specifications - Blade Length: 13 3/8 inches; Handle Length: 5 5/8 inches; Weight: 22.9 ounces

Cold Steel has its fingers in just about every industry that uses cutlery that you can imagine, from a chef’s kitchen to a movie set. So it’s not a surprise that Cold Steel has a few Seax Knives just, I dunno, laying around.

Known for their consistently high-quality craftsmanship the Chieftan’s Seax is no different. This is lang seax, which Vikings used, that could also be a machete, depending on what judiciary you are talking to.

Potato, potato.

One man’s dagger is another man’s farm implementation.

Or a raiding tool.

Either way, this seax is made with high carbon steel, comes with a scabbard that is correct for the early middle ages, and the leather of both the handle and scabbard are a rich brown. Which contrasts nicely with the brass accent from the pommel.


Buyer's Guide For Seax Knives

History Of Seax Knives

Today, the Seax is widely associated with Vikings, likely because of popular culture and its media.

Before the Vikings were raiders made famous by their battle prowess, they were simple farmers and fishermen. In fact, many historians believe that the people who would be later referred to as Vikings actually began their aggressive expansion due to a lack of viable farmland.

The Seax, or Scramasax, had long been a tool of these people and eventually saw its use expand into warfare. So there are many different types of Seax available, ranging from sizes and styles more suitable for hunting to the long seax, which was made for the raiders and chieftains.

Despite the brutality they brought with them, they also brought wealth and commerce, due to their accumulated wealth from raiding they developed a bit of what you would call ‘purchasing power.

Because of their commerce and widespread traveling they were responsible for a lot of cultural diffusion during their reign.

Final Thoughts

The history of the nordic people is a study in and of itself, this is because so few documents survived their era. Most of what's written about these romanticized raiders are largely interpreted from the writings of their victims.

For instance, the Vikings didn’t call themselves Vikings. The Northmen went by many names, likely because their raiding and traveling took them all over the known world and into contact with many peoples.

One of the names these raiding peoples were known by was the Varangians, similar to the Valyrians of the Game of Thrones series who also were originally farmers and fishermen, before dragons.

I suppose the Viking Longships were the Northmen’s dragons.

However, if you, like myself, have a deep desire to know more about these enigmatic ancient pirates, you might be surprised to know that they also had quite a few poems that described their culture, worldview, and religious pantheon.

It was collected in a book called The Poetic Edda.

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