Viking Bearded Axe, Hand-Forged
The bearded axe or skeggøx (from the Old Norse skegg for beard and øx for axe) enjoyed great popularity from the 6th. c. until the end of the Viking Age – both as a tool and as a weapon. Compared to the sword, it was not only easier, but also much cheaper to make and therefore the most prevalent weapon of the common people in early medieval Scandinavia.
The distinctive blade of the axe we offer here is mounted on a painted ash wood shaft. It is hand-forged from high carbon steel, has a blunt edge, and was left in its unpolished state on purpose, as the oxide scale layer and hammer marks from the forging process lend a rustic, authentic character to the Viking axe.
Please note that this Viking bearded axe, as it is supplied, is not a battle-ready weapon and is not suitable for combat re-enactment. It is primarily designed as a collector’s or decoration/display piece, and, besides its quality as a collectible, is perfectly suited as a prop, e.g. to complete your costume. Now nothing stands in the way of your transformation into a proud warrior!
– Blade material: high carbon steel (not stainless!), blunt edge
– Handle material: ash wood
– Overall length (with shaft): approx. 74 cm
– Overall length of axe head (from butt to edge): approx. 19 cm
– Edge length: approx. 16.5 cm
– Edge thickness: approx. 2.5 mm
– Shaft thickness: approx. 4 x 2.5 cm
– Weight: approx. 1.4 kg
Specs may slightly vary from piece to piece.
As this early medieval axe is a hand-forged product, each piece is unique and slight variations in shape and/or surface finish are quite normal. Above pictures are thus for reference only.
The steel used here is not rust-proof and might show slight surface tarnishing in places. We recommend you to maintain axes on a regular basis, for example using Ballistol Universal Oil, which is ideally suited for steel care.