Small and medium sized knives and blades are commonly found in the archaeological record. These items are thought to have been used for myriad purposes. Many would have been simple craft or working knives, others would be used as food and eating knives, and yet others would have been larger tools or status symbols.
Across Britain and Europe, a diverse range of knives have been found. Some are incredibly simple blades with wooden handles, whereas others have beautifully wrought bone handles, and decorated leather sheaths. Even the blades themselves could have been ornately made, with highly skilled blacksmiths incorporating pattern welding techniques to fold the steel into patterns during its creation.
The largest of these knives were the saeaxes most commonly associated with Saxon culture- Saxon meaning the 'people of the knife'. These blades and their accompanying sheaths were often highly ornamented so that they could act as a cultural symbol of wealth and status.
At Present Past we have a small range of blades waiting to be hilted in wood, bone and antler, with carved decoration incorporated to create a beautiful piece inspired by history. Skilfully made pattern welded blades are also available. We also have a selection of sharp and blunted saeax blades for use in re-enactment and living history. These can all be hilted to the customers' requirements and can have intricate decorated leather sheaths made for them with optional metal fittings.
Just get in touch for details of what we have available.
Present Past strives to produce high quality historical inspirations and reproductions, meticulously researched and with the highest standards of customer care.
The following pages act as the online portfolio of our past and present work, many of which are often made time and time again due to popularity. To find out more about each of our items and enquire as to customisation and timescales, then just get in touch via the 'Contact Us' page.
To place an order simply send us an email with your requirements. Once we have your final order we will send you an email 'Paypal' invoice. Transactions can also take place via our Etsy shop upon request.
You can also view our Etsy shop to see all of our current 'in stock' items or to view more of our previous work.
To find out more about what makes our products unique and more about Present Past then simply see 'Our Philosophy' and 'Who we are' pages.