Light viking axe
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Description of the Product
Typically viking warriors would carry a shield for protection, and arm themselves with either a spear or an axe, leaving the expensive sword for the rich. Making an axe didn’t require large amounts of expensive and scarce metals, which made the axe a popular weapon. An axe like this could be used in battle, but had other more general uses too, such as chopping wood. The vikings appreciated its practicality. If battle ensued, an axe such as this could be used as a throwing weapon, and in close combat it was versatile, fast and deadly.
Like other viking weapons, axes too were often named. In the sagas you find axe names such as Himintelgja ('heaven-scraper'), Rimmugýgr ('Battle-hag'), Tjald-sperra ('tent-spar'), Svartleggja ('black-legs; black-hafted'), Hel (goddess of death) and Hlôkk (to scream/shout in rejoice).
This axe is typical of the 9th-10th centuries.
When practicing with steel weapons it is vitally important to make sure that sufficient and proper protective gear is worn and that all the equipment is in good condition. In order to avoid accidents remember to stay careful and controlled in all circumstances.
The weapon has been made to withstand the strains of battle by martial artists, reenactors and stage performers. Forged of 51CrV4 carbon steel, and tempered to around HRC 50-52. The edges and points are thick and rounded for better nick resistance and safety. Made by Victor Berbekucz.
Total length 60 cm, blade length 9.5 cm, blade width 13.5 cm. Weight 0.72 kg.
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