January is here, which means we can expect a flood of new knives to be shown off shortly as SHOT Show approaches. No surprise that Ontario Knife Company is jumping right into it; OKC spent the entirety of December parceling out incoming 2023 product reveals, and yesterday they showed off the first new knife in January. It’s the revival of their Bushcraft series, with the addition of the Seax model.
The seax is a historical Saxon blade pattern that seems to be gaining a bit of momentum with designers recently. The OKC Bushcraft Seax comes from designer Dan Maragni, a maker with decades of experience in both the production and custom worlds, as well as the the creator of DM1 steel, which we talked about back in 2020 when A.G. Russell Knives used it on their Sandbox Dagger.
Maragni’s take on the seax for OKC reflects the pattern’s protean side; a lot of different-looking blades have been called ‘seaxes’ as the term endured through the years. This one is a broken back seax, meaning the point drops down precipitously from the spine.
This thing has an exaggerated profile, even for a seax.