Seax literally means “knife”. Today, when we refer to a Seax, we are typically speaking of a specific type of sword or dagger of the Germanic, Franks and Norse. Seaxes were generally 8” to 20” (longseax).
The blades were usually set into a simple grip of bone, antler or wood.
The Saxon seax, called a Broken-back seax, is a broad, heavy knife which has a point that angles back to the spine of the blade. It is sharpened on the bottom edge.
The Frankish style had a more curving blade and a smoother transition from clip to spine.
The Scandinavian seaxes were very broad-bladed weapons. There were two styles which were prominent. One was similar to the broken-back seax, but the point had a clip (slight curve). The second was a more curved tipped blade, with the edge being on the curved side.