Viking Axes

VIKING AXE stands for bravery, strength, and audacity from throughout the history. It is a reminder of heritage and the accomplishments of ancestors who bent the world to their will using only what they had. Looking in the past shows that viking axe was a very common type of tool and weapon in medieval Scandinavian countries. Vikings used these axes to build their ships, houses, carts and other objects as well as used them in a battle. As the time changes everything in different forms, the design of battle axes and farm axes are also changed now a days. Battle axes usually were light and fast so that they can be used for throwing and a speedy attack. Farm axes were relatively bigger as they were used for chopping the wood.

Viking Bearded Axes ranged in size from hand axes (similar to tomahawks) to long-shafted battle axes. Unlike the axes usually depicted in fantasy illustrations, Viking axes were single-bitted (to make them faster and more maneuverable). Viking axes were sometimes “bearded,” which is to say that the lower portion of the axe head was hook-shaped to facilitate catching and pulling shield rims or limbs. Checkout the Authentic Viking Battle AXE Variety For SALE to finally make decision to add to cart.

Majority of the handmade axes used in the past during the time of Vikings were also referred to as Danish Axes, an early kind of polearm. Viking Style Axes are usually light enough to resist throwing and are constructed with hardened forging heads and edges. Additionally, real viking axes were created to pierce through armor or cutting helms during close combat because of their shorter cutting edges. The hand forged ax wasn’t just employed for war and as a tool for farmers and cutting wood to build Viking ships. We offer a wide variety of Norse axes, such as Danish Axes, Viking throwing axes, Mammen axes, bearded, and Francisca axes, Viking, Ragnar Lothbrok. Most models of our Viking axes have authentic designs and can be used in recreation.

What is significant about Viking Axe?

In the Viking time, the axe was a vital instrument utilized to carry out every day activities by people living in Scandinavia. Because swords were costly and harder to create than axes it was expected that Norse nobles often used swords, but the hand forged viking axe was an option for the common man.

Today, the bearded viking axe has become a symbol of Norse culture and is often associated with the Viking’s ability to fight and their reputation as warriors of awe.

The traditional tool designs were typically distinguished by the bladed edge of the axe or beards that extended beyond the butt of the head of the axe. That optimized the weight for more excellent maneuverability and provided longer cutting edges. That is what led to the nickname “bearded axe.” Another famous design that warriors of the Vikings commonly employed was known as the Dane Axe’, a long-range and destructive weapon most famously used by one courageous Norseman in the battle of Stamford bridge when he took on an entire army of English soldiers.

How Big Is a Viking Axe?

The dimensions of the shafts (handles) along with the cut edges (blades) varied throughout the period that was the Vikings. Axe hafts are typically around 140cm (55 inches), and axe heads differ in shape and size. Axe shafts are constructed from wood. The axe head connects to the opposite end from the wooden. Its cutting edges of the head of the axe could be 7 to 15 cm long (3-6 inches).

In the following years, it was discovered that the Viking axe heads got more extensive. The broad axe has an edge that cuts from 22 or 45cm (9-18 inches). The wider edge makes the axe a deadly combat weapon.

What Is a Viking Axe Called?

Axes were the most common battle weapon to the Vikings. The axe is a synonym for “ox” in Old Norse. The axes are called Skeggox, which means “bearded axe.” The Skeggox was not just employed in battle but was also a tool used in everyday life.

What Are Viking Axes Used For?

The battle axes were primarily used for combat because Norsemen were a colony and attacked regularly. These viking throwing axes let them cut opponents from an appropriate distance. Apart from killing enemies, the axe is also used to cut wood. The most effective axe for cutting wood is the Dane axe. It’s heavy-duty and can cut wood quickly.

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What is the process by which these axes are constructed?

The axes we create are handmade with our top-quality steel to make exclusive, hand-crafted products. Every part, including the axe handle, head engravings, etching, and forging is made by our staff, and not a single piece of the axe is pre-fabricated in bulk from manufacturers of poor-quality parts. Every axe for sale is functional and is made to be sharp, except if the client wishes to request a different one.

Experts in this area of Axing, design the Viking Axes for our brand. Blades are laminated, with a bearded look, and are fitted to a slightly curled handle with four lugs so that the hold is secure. The handle’s grip is covered in tanned leather and is embedded into the handle. That is a single-handed weapon, which was utilized instead of a sword since it is simpler to make and more adaptable to the woods and camp or as a backup for the spear. A bearded Viking’s Axe Defender is considered battle ready and should be handled carefully because of the sharpened blade.

Initial Process

The initial step of making an axe is to cut an opening in the block of low-carbon mild steel. Then a notch is made at one end of the billet. The axe is then warmed to an intense yellow hue, and borax is sprinkled over it. Borax melts the oxidation scale and removes it from the welding seam. The axe is heated to bright yellow light and then forged to ensure that the two steel pieces generate to join. The blacksmith then forges the head of the axe into a form and grinds off the rough edges. The axe is now ready to be annexed.

Forging Process

Annealing is necessary to relieve the stresses inside the steel formed by the forging process. Next, the axe is heated to 850 degrees Celsius and then cooled to room temperature. Then the axe is moved to the second step of heat treatment to normalize. The axe is again heated, and this time at 800 degrees Celsius, and then the instrument is cooled by air. Normalizing helps prepare the steel structure for the next stage; it is then hardened. Then, the axe is sprayed with mineral oil and then water. The axe now is strong enough but fragile, so it must be tempering. The last time an axe gets heated by 220° Celsius and maintained at that temp for almost an hour. After the axe has been warmed until it reaches Rockwell between 58 and 59 (HRC), the steel becomes sufficiently hot to handle, a mix of bees’ wax and turpentine, and linseed oil will be applied to the axe’s head. That is a traditional and effective method to shield the axe from corrosion. After finishing the gentle grinding and polishing of the blade, it achieves a mirror-like finish, is made razor sharp, and is now prepared to have a handle of its own.

Axe Handle Material & Shape

The handle of each axe is explicitly constructed with each axe’s head to ensure a perfect fitting. We prefer to use rose-wood or ash-wood as the lightweight handle material. The rough form that the handles take is cut by the bandsaw. The handle is then shaped by using the drawknife. The dimensions of the axe eye are marked on the edge of the handle. Then the handle is shaved down to nearly fit the look. The final finishing process is completed by using sandpaper for an accurate fitting. Then, the axe handle is tightly inserted into the axe head and secured by a wedge made of wood glued into the axe head using epoxy glue. A small wedge of steel is placed into the wooden wedge to ensure the head of the axe is vertical. A perfect shaped handle for the battle-ready viking axe is ready to be fitted with the sharp blade & delivered to your P.O Box, once you place the online order through our website.

Leather Sheaths

As with our other leather products, the axe sheath is constructed from cowhide, which is made at a local tannery, employing the same techniques and methods utilized in the past 100 years. The thick 4mm leather is dyed. The leather is then coated with beeswax and palm leaves, providing a vintage appearance and protection.

Custom Orders for Viking Axes

Almost all the designs of the axes we offer on our site, can be modified according to the client’s specifications. If minor changes to the plan are required, for example, engravings that are custom-made to the axe handle on the head, then leave an annotation within the note section when placing your order, along with the specifications to make the changes.

PS: If you require an axe to throw in your subsequent pillage or raid, don’t forget to bring this Viking Bearded Axe with you. This valuable tool is made of soft carbon steel material and has a straight wood shaft.