No self-respecting Norse/Viking Warrior would be without one. The Seax was the hand-held fighting weapon of their culture. Many fine examples of blades have survived into the Modern Era. The Seax handles were wooden and general blade composition of steel or composite iron. Blade length was roughly 6 to 9 inches long. No doubt serving as a personal defense weapon, the Seax was also no doubt used in battle (as a backup weapon or sidearm). Around the 7th Century, these weapons were smaller than those of the later 8th Century. The re-design of the Long Seax was introduced. Looking almost as a sword-knife, these varieties were longer and heavier. Many of the Seax type weapons were buried with Norse nobility.