Legacy Arms Generation 2 Anglo-Saxon Scramasax


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Dave Markowitz
February 14, 2013, 07:37 PM
Once again I got the wants for a big knife. This time I wanted something historical. After looking at various daggers I came upon the Legacy Arms Generation 2 Anglo-Saxon Scramasax at Kult of Athena (http://kultofathena.com/product.asp?item=IP1312&name=Generation+2+Anglo-Saxon+Scramasax). Depending on which web page you look at, it's also called a 6th Century Lombard Scramasax (http://www.imperialcoinc.com/Shared/Ip-131.html). Not being an expert on knives from the Dark Ages but knowing a neat knife when I see one, I ordered one from KOA on Sunday. UPS dropped it off today.

From my reading about scramasaxes, AKA seaxes, they were single edged knives used by the Germanic tribes of Northern Europe, used as both tools and weapons. They ranged in size from a few inches long to blades the size of swords, known as a langseax. Unlike the "broken back" sax which has a blade tip that angles down towards a straight edge, this scramasax is closer to a spear point, but still authentic.

This is a big knife. Here are a couple pics showing just how big. Top-to-bottom, it's shown with my Valiant Large Survival Golok, the Scramasax, Ontario SP-48, and Camillus Becker BK-7.

http://flintlock.org/pics/var/resizes/Cutlery/big-knives-sheathed.jpg?m=1360883374

http://flintlock.org/pics/var/resizes/Cutlery/big-knives.jpg?m=1360883375

Did I mention this is a big knife? Compared to the Scramasax, the SP-48 and BK-7 feel like toys.

Per Kult of Athena, the Scramasax has a 12.5" long blade that's 1.625" wide (by my measure), weighs 1 lb. 2 oz., varies from 4.5mm to 3.7mm thick, has a 6" long grip, and is 19.125" long.

Here are closer views of the knife and sheath:

http://flintlock.org/pics/var/resizes/Cutlery/scramasax.jpg?m=1360883375

http://flintlock.org/pics/var/resizes/Cutlery/scramasax-hilt.jpg?m=1360883374

The pommel is peened:

http://flintlock.org/pics/var/resizes/Cutlery/scramasax-pommel.jpg?m=1360883374

http://flintlock.org/pics/var/resizes/Cutlery/scramasax-sheath.jpg?m=1360883376

IMO the overall workmanship looks good. The 5160 steel blade, steel band at the end of the haft, and the pommel are well polished. The wood handle feels good, although a few of the diamonds formed by the cross hatching did have point break off. The edge is sharp enough to cut paper. The leather sheath is solid although not especially authentic. I.e., it can be hung vertically from a belt but there's no way to suspend it horizontally as the originals were (despite the description on KOA's page).

This Scramasax should make a pretty good camp knife. It's a bit handier than the golok but should chop very effectively. If needed as a weapon it has a blade design suitable for hacking, slashing, or stabbing.

I'm looking forward to giving it a good workout and will post a follow up when I do so. It'll probably be a couple weeks, though.

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hso
February 14, 2013, 11:02 PM
A 5160 blade at $145 is a good deal if it is properly heat treated.

JimStC
February 15, 2013, 04:27 PM
Thanks for the pictures and the information. I think that may be the first wood handle I have seen. Real interested in the grip stability.
Nice looking BIG knife.

Jim

blindhari
February 16, 2013, 12:10 AM
Old Harold went boar hunting on his family ground once a year on vacation. I knew the man in his 60s and the family was afraid he was going to get cut up by a boar again and asked me to go along with a handgun or rifle. I took a S&W 65-5 and a win trapper, both in .357. Harold took a spear with a 6' handle sporting a 18" by 3" blade with a toggle to hold the boar. He also had what he called a scramsax but was actually a front weighted falchion. Second day running around in the brush Old Harolds boar came out. Harold planted the spear and got a good stick with his trail foot holding the buttcap buried. When the boar was mostly bled out, Harold used the falchion behind the boars head. I was never needed. Pretty good I wasn't needed that boar had me worried.
To make this even better we were on an island off the coast of California and yes this was wild Russian Boar not domestic pig. I have hunted pig in Texas since but boar that came out fighting still don't interest me, once was enough.

blindhari

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