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Seax of Beagnoth


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The Seax of Beagnoth (also known as the Thames scramasax) is a 10th-century Anglo-Saxon seax (single-edged knife). It was found in the River Thames in 1857, and is now at the British Museum in London.

On one side of the blade is the only known complete inscription of the twenty-eight letter Anglo-Saxon runic alphabet, as well as the name "Beagnoth" in runic letters. It is thought that the runic alphabet had a magical function, and that the name Beagnoth is that of either the owner of the weapon or the smith who forged it. Although many Anglo-Saxon and Viking swords and knives have inscriptions in the Latin alphabet on their blades, or have runic inscriptions on the hilt or scabbard, the Seax of Beagnoth is one of only a handful of finds with a runic inscription on its blade.

Approximate specifications are as follows:  

Total length: 73.5cm
Blade length: 55.5cm
Grip length: 18cm
Weight: 906g
Blade width (base): 4.3cm
Blade: EN45 High Carbon Steel
Edge: Blunt
Scabbard: Stitched Leather

As the blade is high carbon steel, we would recommend oiling the blade fairly often to keep it in pristine condition.  


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