A bearded axe or Skeggøx refers to various axes, used as a tool and weapon, as early as the 6th century AD. It is most commonly associated with Viking Age Scandinavians. The hook or “beard”, i. e. the lower portion of the axe bit extending the cutting edge below the width of the butt, provides a wide cutting surface while keeping the overall weight of the axe low.
This design allows the user to grip the haft directly behind the head for planing or shaving wood and variations of this design are still in use by modern woodworkers and some foresters. The “beard” of the axe would also have been useful in battle, for example, to pull a weapon or shield out of a defender’s grasp.
- Overall Length 18″ (46cm)
- Blade Length 4.7″ (12cm)
- Blade Width 6.3″ (16cm)
- 1095 Hand-Forged Carbon Steel Head
- Acid Etched Patterns on Blade
- Brown Leather Wrapped American Ash Wood Handle
- Leather Lanyard
- Leather Sheath
- Weight 2.3lb (1.023kg)