Bearded Axe Response

large2I received a very encouraging email from Peter Cowan.  Peter purchased the Bearded Axe I made last month.

Peter is involved in a 6th and 7th century reenactment group .  The group he is part of emphasizes historic recreation based on the documentation of originals, so Peter is a man who understands historic weapons.  It means a lot to me to receive encouragement from people like Peter:


Hi Eric, The axe has arrived in perfect shape. Just to let you know, I have a big smile on my face. It is superb. Your workmanship on the axe head is beautiful and very symmetrical and the hickory haft is a knockout. To say I am pleased is an understatement. I am over the moon. You deserve a very big pat on the back Eric. Well done. The axe is very deceptive. At first it looks very light of weight and it makes me think it wouldn’t have much power behind it. Then you see the wedge shape and this overturns the previous statement. I think this axe would be devastating in battle. Light but not cumbersome and very easy to change direction but with a mass behind the cutting edge that is awe inspiring.

I will have to take a few days to really appreciate this axe and then I will write to with a review. I am hoping for some sunny weather so I can take some pictures.

Once again, thank you so much for this.

By the way, I was very impressed with the new Danish axe you just made. I won’t be able to afford one this year but I am hoping to put aside some for next year.

All my very best,


I am looking forward to Peter’s review on myArmoury.

Each axe that I make is unique in its own way, but if you are interested in a bearded axe similar to this one, please contact me at, and we can discuss a commissioned piece.

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