Arms and Armor

Claw Axe

Overall Length: 54 inches
Blade Length: 4 inches
Handle Length: 5.5 inches
Weight: 5.5 lbs

Performance Review: This axe is a somewhat odd beast, in that it in many ways seems like it's a sort of hatchet on a long pole. It does however strike with much more authority then your average hatchet due to the increased momentum one is able to get into a swing thanks to the pole. Of course as such it is a bit slower then a hatchet as well. Originally I had no idea if this item was patterned after any sort of original piece but thanks to a helpful note from Mr. C. Gadda, who apparently had access to an old Arms and Armor catologue I now know: A unique pole arm of Italian origin, the original is inscribed 'The Sign of the Cat'. Lightweight and very graceful, it is an excellent example of axes used in Renaissance Italy for home defense. Original circa 1650 Italian, Milan.

Appearance: This item came to me second hand and as such was in somewhat battered condition when I got it. However I was able to polish it out and get it back to some sort of approximation of what must have been its original condition. The piece is unmistakably well made, with the usual attention to detail that Arms and Armor shows with all of their pieces. The metal part of the shaft and the axe head are nicely welded as is what I assume is the cast "claw" that acts as a backspike or the hammer part of this axe.

Conclusion: This piece came to me in battered condition which I was able, for the most part to remedy. I did not purchase it because I thought it was a particularly attractive or even terribly effective design but more because of its place in Arms and Armor history. In that respect I was in no way disappointed. Perhaps if one becomes available you might consider picking it up for some of the same reasons.