"The type IV seax was the final evolution in seax design, used from roughly 800AD until the battle of Hastings. It was used primarily in Anglo-Saxon England and Ireland, though a few examples have been found on the continent and in Scandinavia. It was used as a symbol of social status, an all-purpose tool, and weapon of last resort. They ranged in size from tiny utility knives to full-sized swords."
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