Officers:Seaxes & Viking War Knives

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Officer's Rulings


Seax Dimensions

New Ruling from 1st Jan 2016

  • For events after 900AD blunt combat hadseax (Scramasax) blade lengths must now be between 18cm and 25cm (7-10”). This replaces the original ruling as stated in the Master-at-Arms Regulations version 3.0 (2005) stating 7-14”.
  • The evidence from Regia’s core period is that sharp blade lengths vary from between 7-11”. Blunting the point for combat reduces the length by 1”.
  • Longer blades of up to 14” (sharp) or 13” (blunt) of the appropriate blade form are allowed for events before 900AD.


  1. Seaxs from the Viking Age never have metal fittings unlike those from the earlier pagan Anglo-Saxon period.
  2. Seax handles must not be riveted on.

Military Training

Training Stamps - All new members are classed as trainees and must use shield and a two-handed spear and use a hadseax separately.
Using in 'Armoured Man Melees' - Hadseaxs can only be used as a last resort/finishing off weapon.

Master at Arms

The Master at Arms Regulations 2015
The Master at Arms Regulations 2015
for seaxes

Hadseax 650 - 899 AD
Blade Length: 18 - 33cm (7" - 13")
Maximum weight: 1.36Kg (3lb)
Hadseax 900 - 1079 AD
Blade Length: 18 - 25cm (7" - 10")
Maximum weight: 1.36Kg (3lb)


  1. The blade and tang must be made from steel. They must be rust and burr free and must be of good overall construction and condition.
  2. The blade edge must be no less than 2mm and no more than 5mm (1/5”) in thickness. In cross section, the edge may be rounded or round shouldered but must not be square edged. The edges of a weapon must include its cutting surface and any back edges also.
  3. Seaxes with a blade exceeding 200mm (8”) in length must be made entirely of spring steel.
  4. The seax tip should be rounded to no less than an 18mm (11/16”) diameter. (i.e. the diameter of a 1999 5 pence piece). Any angle on the back of the seax that is must be rounded over.
  5. The blade should not be parallel-edged (back edge to cutting edge).
  6. The blade should not be parallel-sided.
  7. The blade may have a narrow fuller in one or both sides.
  8. Seaxes may have small ferrules on the hand-grip but must not have a properly developed crossguard or a pommel.