AA4171 Seax of Beagnoth


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.

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

All dimensions are approximate and may vary from piece to piece.

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