This medieval viking axe is a high-quality reproduction made in Toledo, Spain.
- decorated with Viking ornaments
- double blade
- wooden handle
- head made of steel
Perhaps the most common hand weapon among Vikings was the axe. Swords were more expensive to make, and mostly wealthy warriors could afford a sword. The prevalence of axes in archaeological sites can likely be attributed to its role as not just a weapon, but also a common tool.
Several types of larger axes specialized for use in battle evolved, with larger heads and longer shafts.
Vikings most commonly carried sturdy axes that could be thrown or swung with head-splitting force.
An axe head was mostly wrought iron, with a steel cutting edge. This made the weapon less expensive than a sword, and was a standard item produced by blacksmiths, historically.
Like most other Scandinavian weaponry, axes were often given names.
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