This axe is patterned after the many examples of late 10th to early 11th century single-hand war axes. This type of axe was an agile yet brutal weapon that would have been a common choice for a soldier fighting in close quarters or in a shield wall.
This axe features a hand-forged, wrought iron eye socket and body. The high carbon bit was then forge-welded to the body. The wrought iron comes from a 19th century farm in rural Wisconsin. It was part of the iron banding from one of the old silos that was demolished on the farm.
I etched the head to bring out the gorgeous random pattern of the iron. I then used water stones and a leather strop to bring the bit edge to a hair shaving sharpness. It was then buffed to a near mirror finish to show a pleasing contrast between the edge and etched wrought iron. I hand shaped the kiln dried oak haft with rasps and scrapers and sanded it to a smooth consist finish. I sealed it with multiple coats of Danish oil.
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- Body and Eye: 19th century wrought iron
- Edge Bit: 1080 high carbon steel
- Haft wood: Oak
- Blade Length (toe to heel of bit): 3.625″ (9,2 cm)
- Axe Head Length (edge bit to poll): 5.063″ (12,9 cm)
- Haft Length: 26.0″ (66,0 cm)
- Overall Length: 27.75″ (70,49 cm)
- Weight: 1.4 pounds (633,3 grams)