Saxes, like any other Viking age weapons, were valuable. When they were damaged or worn, the iron was repurposed, and used for some other tool or weapon. This exquisite historical Viking age knife was probably made from a cut-down sax blade.
The sword of a warrior prince. Viking Sword Century The Metropolitan Museum of Art “The skillfully decorated hilt and blade indicate that this sword was carried by a warrior of high rank, perhaps a Viking chieftain