Runic long seax

Sword-hilted 10th century late Anglo Saxon long seax replicated from an original in the British Museum excavated from the Thames River. The hilt is missing in the original, this hilt is an educated guess on how it might have appeared based on weapons of similar length and time. Yes, it's a sword style hilt with pommel and guard. This style of long seax is known from multiple examples, primarily from Norway. The inscription is a 28 letter futharc alphabet (heck of a way to learn your ABC's, right?), and it transliterates to:

The other inscription, out near the tip of the blade, seems to have been the owner's name: "Beagnoth".

With a 23" blade, this ain't just your Jarl's toothpick knife. Well, unless your Jarl is ridiculously huge and tough or kinda braggadocios and not that wise (or all of the above. "Hey, Beagnoth! Is that your toothpick, or are you happy to {urk} ..."

The blade is tempered 1065 high carbon steel. Out-of-the-box the edge is about 1.5mm "reenactor safe" (but the tip certainly isn't), sharpenable or bluntable as needed. I plan on blunting mine down to 2mm and bringing that long point back to a round nose for stabbing viking friends that get past my spear. This functionally a short sword, but it is worn suspended from the belt slung via a two-point brown leather suspension sheath as shorter seax are.

length: 28 3/4"
width: 22 3/4"
blade width: 1 7/16" at guard
blade width: 1 1/2" before it gets acute
guard: 2 7/8"
leather wrap grip: 3 3/4"
balance point: 3"
weight (seax): 1 lb 14.6 oz

Price: $220

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