Rangers do not have to be large in build as most are not. They're not because they need to be very discreet. They must have the ability of unseen movement, and should be able to stop themselves from moving entirely.
They carry two knives and a bow. The main knife they carry is a Saxe knife. It is a large, serrated knife. Its blade is in the shape of a diamond. The other knife is a throwing knife. It is much narrower, and has a totally different balance for throwing. The bow they carry depends upon their strength. If their strength is minimal, or they are young, they use recurve bows. If they are very strong, they use longbows, which have a higher arrow velocity and power. Only one ranger in history, Gilan, has ever carried a sword. They are too bulky for a ranger's line of work.
Rangers wear a gray and green camouflage cloak with a hood. It can, with the right use, blend in almost totally into the background. They wear a quiver over their backs, and a knife belt around their waist. Apprentices wear a bronze oak leaf, and after they finish apprenticeship, they get a silver leaf.
Ranger horses are very obedient. They will only let a rider on if they know the password. They are very fast, and do not tire for a very long time. They can alert a rider to danger.
They carry two knives and a bow. The main knife they carry is a Saxe knife. It is a large, serrated knife. Its blade is in the shape of a diamond. The other knife is a throwing knife. It is much narrower, and has a totally different balance for throwing.
Historically a Seax (which is simply the Saxon word for "knife") is a fairly thick, flat blade with one sharpened edge a bit longer than the spine and a diagonal point connecting the two for thrusting. It was in most instances a fairly inexpensive and crude blade and could be sized anywhere from a small utility blade to a 30+ inch blade called a Langseax or Longseax in English.
They were not generally serrated as this was not a technology that was utilized in that period for blades of this thickness. Though woodsman and carpenters had saws with "teeth" they were made of thin metal and would not have made a good weapon. If the edge of a seax, in battle, did get nicked to the point that a wet-stone could not always hone it out, the blade was recycled and because they were inexpensive for steel blades, most often if they were no longer serviceable, they could just be melted down and remade into smaller knives and other metal items.
The Saxons, Celts and Scandinavians, as well as the Franks and Germanic tribes all had use of these practical blades and we see them from the pre or early iron age all the way up through the Renaissance. Flanagan's Seaxes seem to follow the historical image of the weapon, but the Seax of the Araluen Ranger Corp was said to be of superior metallurgy and craftsmanship, while the Skandian seaxes seemed cruder. I personally like to view this by representing the Ranger Seax to have the refined front curve from spine to blade as being more like the Warncliff or sheep's-foot blade with a stacked leather handle (like that of a K-Bar or Marine combat/survival knives in WW2) and brass furniture, simple yet well made. The Skandian type being made like a Wolf leg seax that had a very strait diagonal from back to edge, forming a very sharp and aggressive point.
Skandians would have used these as a work or table knife if less than a foot long, and a very last ditch defensive weapon if they were without their favored axes, swords and spear. The long seax (Langseax) generally over a foot long closer to 17' on the blade, were generally fighting knives, some even called then the poor man's sword. truly if a sword was found on the battle field it is logical that with a little grinding one could make a rather elegant seax, though I have not read of any of these conversions in anything other than fictional stories. A good thought though and worthy of consideration in my mind, for our purposes.
The throwing knife has been widely speculated upon. We do know some aspects of the blades through some of the cover art. (far from definitive proof, but very accurate in many other details of Flanagan's descriptions, so we can infer that John had a hand in the evolution of the cover art as it changed part of the way through printing and was reprinted differently to show the double knife sheath and handles. (This is an alteration that would most likely not have been made unless deliberately and for the sake of correction.) We know as well that some references in the books describing the thrower as being smaller, the handle matching the seax somewhat in that it too was made of stacked leather (an excellent type of grip that wore well with the sweat and grease of the hand, while not becoming slick or deformed with time or weather)
The blade shape has been suggested to be leaf shaped and that could be a gentle swell from tip back to the thinner ricasso, balanced or weighted toward the point, or more of a diamond shape with strait angles. I have seen and used both personally and though I prefer the rounded form as it would mirror the style and shape of the seax. ( Again my concept of showing quality through refinement and craftsmanship) It is entirely conceivable that it could be diamond shaped or even strait on both edges rounding to a point. these have been used by professional knife throwers and competitors too. This is my own interpretation however, based on the historical blades, and what I feel is eluded too, but not shown in any of the books to be absolutely accurate.
Ringulf~ MKA Scott Brown
Last Edit: Feb 11, 2021 17:01:05 GMT -5 by Ringulf
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