Seax (5e Equipment)

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European Seax

Martial Melee Weapons
Weapon Cost Damage Weight Properties
European Seax 35 gp 1d8 slashing 4 to 8 lbs Light or heavy,Finesse, versatile

The term seax is used specifically for a type of sword or dagger typical of the Germanic peoples of the Migration period and the Early Middle Ages, especially the Saxons, whose name derives from the weapon. In heraldry, the seax is a charge consisting of a curved sword with a notched blade.

Styles:

  • Narrow seax – Often have braided bands or snakes engraved in the blade, and frequently include metal bolsters and pommels. Both the edge and the back are curved towards the tip, which is generally located above the center-line of the blade.
  • Light broad seax – Similar to narrow seax, but frequently lack metal hilt parts, and have simpler decorations on the blade, such as parallel lines. Both the edge and the back curve towards the tip, which is generally located at the center-line of the blade.
  • Heavy broad seax – Have simple decorations on the blade if any, and long single-part organic hilts (>20 cm). Both the edge and the back curve towards the tip, which is generally located at the center-line of the blade.
  • Atypical broad seax – Same as heavy broad seax.
  • Long seax – Blades are 50 cm/20 in or longer, often with multiple fullers and grooves, pattern welded blades, and long hilts similar to broad seaxes. The edge is generally straight, or curved slightly towards the tip. The back either curves gently, or with a sharp angle towards the tip, which is located below the center-line of the blade.



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