This is a broken back seax, (no Heath Ledger jokes, please) a very popular knife in the british isles during the viking age. This is my first blade from Owen, but I suspect it wont be my last. http://owenbush.co.uk/ Copied from the description on Owen website: I'm a real sucker for twisted bar pattern welding, and it really looks great on this blade I think. This thing is THICK. Viewed from the spine it looks absolutely massive but as soon as you turn it just a little bit, the elegance of the design takes over. It has a triangular crossection from spine to edge, which takes a lot of the weight off. The pattern welding is beautifully done and the wrought iron makes a nice, subtle contrast between the twisted bars and the piled edge steel. Its also razor sharp, easily shaved the hair off my forearm. Couldnt be smoother if I waxed it. Going to start making a hilt for it soon. Trying to come up with something that will do it justice. There are very few historical examples of surviving seax hilts. Usually, only the blade remains.