From 8th Century Germany, The Hauswehren was also known as "The People's Knife". Common blades, forged as one piece of sharpened iron, they were probably based on Viking influences. Based on The Seax, The Hauswehren (due to it's one piece construction), featured a wrapped leather grip for a handguard. Blades ranged from 8 to 12-inches in length, and were 2 inches in width. No doubt used for hunting as well as combat, The Hauswehren were comparable to the iconic American Bowie Knife.