Arms and Armor

Hand Axe

Overall Length: 24 inches
Blade Length: 7 inches
Handle Length: 19.75 inches
Weight: 2.8 lbs

Performance Review: This axe is a nasty little chopper. It's short length make it very quick in the hand, just the sort of thing to have in your grip if you are fighting up close and personal. The double blades provide all the sharp edges that you could ask for in such a weapon and the tips of the blades offer all sorts of jabbing and hooking possibilities. This axe could be used as a throwing weapon a la hurlbat. The only downside that I noted with this axe is that the blade steel seems to be rather softer then normal for Arms and Armor weapons. I suspect that this lends credence to the idea that this axe was primarily intended as a throwing weapon as such items are often rather soft in order to be able to take the shocks of repeated impacts.

Appearance: This axe is rather rudimentary but still very professionally put together. The handle is a nice piece of stained ash that the corners have been smoothed chamfered on. The blade is nicely symmetrical although it does exhibit some grind marks. The langets are plain but serviceable.

Conclusion: As with some of the other pieces I own I purchased this little axe mostly to own a part of Arms and Armor history. It has turned out to be a very serviceable piece although of somewhat dubious historical authenticity. It's not fancy, but a nice item for all that.