VIKING BEARDED AXE XNH53 FACTORY X The Viking Bearded Axe is hand hammered and forged in High Carbon Steel with a blackened finish secured upon a solid hardwood shaft. The shaft is swelled at one end to make for a classic secure slip fit. This dandy bearded beauty flaunts a 4-1/4 inch blade in scruffy bearded Viking style. The Bearded Axe head features a wide butt end for stake whacking or traditionally Viking skull cracking. The factory edge of these axe head blades varies from somewhat dull to slightly sharp - most are moderately sharp. Please consider our sharpening stone to easily attain and maintain any type of edge that you so desire. At this price you can afford a stone! If you do not choose a stone, may the gods of Valhalla bring sharpness to your edge.
The warriors of the Viking Age used different types and sizes of axes. Axes during this time were commonly used in hand-to-hand combat; smaller axes with shorter shafts were sometimes even thrown during an attack. The manner in which axes were used was largely dictated by the circumstances of the battle and the size of the axe. Such a weapon could strike hard against a man in armour, or compromise a shield with its sheer force. The Short Viking Axe was useful both on the farm and in battle. It excelled as a close quarters weapon, while still being light enough to throw when necessary.
Even the Viking life was sometimes dull; their weapons saw a lot of action. Over time even well constructed swords and axes would become dull, dented, and even broken. There is archaeological evidence of swords being repaired. Many swords have been discovered that had been broken in two and then welded back together. The Norse Sagas provide information about weapons becoming dull, being damaged in battle, and being repaired. The Vikings had to frequently sharpen their weapons to keep them battle ready. This was a task that most of them probably did themselves; however there is mention of professional sword sharpeners in the Norse Sagas.
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