Wotan Klan

The Sittingbourne seax The Thames seax The Thames seax inscription Seax typology Cold Steel Boar Hunter Böker Nopal
Saex / Scramaseax development

In the world of edged weapons, some are dearer to us than others. And I know of one kind, that gets the job done, yet very simple in design. We speak of the Nordic Seax, Sax or Scramas(e)ax - depending on time and location.

This type of blade has survived into modern age, some call them Wharncliffe blades. Personally I own two of these, that I am especially found of. One is the Cold Steel Boar Hunter, the other is the quite small Böker Nopal. A folding knife, in fact.

The interesting thing about the Boar Hunter, is its history. It was designed by Lynn Thompson, and this is the story:

Lynn had been looking at the stabbing potential of several knives from different cultures around the world (including knives from Celtic and Chinese origins amongst others) when he hit upon the idea for what would become our “Boar Hunter”. Each of the knives Lynn had selected had it’s own unique characteristics and strong-suits, but the majority of them lacked something that Lynn insists upon - a quality cutting edge. 

By adding a hollow grind (running all the way from the tip to the base of the knife), Lynn was able to make a wickedly sharp edge without sacrificing point strength or stabbing potential.

It was then that he knew he had hit on something special.

I am no blade specialist nor historical weapons scholar, and I might be wrong. But I haven’t seen this kind of blade as typical to the Celtic culture, but the Germanic. Not that it matters. What matters, is that this indeed is a really wicked knife. And it has a history.

About the Böker folder one, in short: It too is really sharp out of the box, the quality feels great (unlike many other mass produced knives in this price range), and it’s really easy to sharpen (both of them are). I carry it everyday, everywhere I go. As it is so small, you can bring it with you without any effort at all.

So, these are some knives I would suggest you fellow knife nerds took a look at - unless you are the type that go for these really costly custom bench made knives. Then keep looking.