VIKING FRANCISCA AXE XH2120N CAS Hanwei
The Francisca, so named for its Frankish origins, was used by the Vikings both as a throwing weapon and for close-quarters combat. Its graceful lines are legendary but the upswept point and downturned edge were both capable of penetrating chain mail. Our historically accurate and fully functional Francisca features a forged head with an antiqued finish and a swelled-end hardwood shaft for secure head retention. The shaft is also backswept, as were the originals, providing greater sticking capability when thrown.
This Viking Axe measures 17 inches overall and weighs approximately 1 lbs 3oz. The blade measure 3 1/2 inches long and at its edge and high- carbon axe head is given an antiqued patina finish. Includes a leather edge cover for the tempered edges to provided for safe portability.
• Length Overall: 17"
• Length Shaft: 18-1/4" backswept design
• Blade Edge: 3-1/2" tempered
• Edge: Sharpened
• Thickness at guard: .230"
• Forged Carbon Steel w/ Antiqued Finish
• Weight: 1 lb 3oz
Specs may vary slightly from piece to piece.
|The Throwing Axe could be used as a weapon in two ways. As a hand-held weapon it was a lethal force, capable of cleaving helms, mail and shields, while a volley of thrown axes could disrupt an opposing force and allow a breakthrough in a shield wall.
The axe, inherited from the Frank's wars with the Romans, remained an ever-present Viking weapon. It also demonstrated the Scandinavian genius for evolving specialized weaponry. The smaller axes are sized to be carried thrust through a belt to serve as a backup weapon. Being one-handed, they were extremely effective when used in combination with a shield.