Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Viking Bearded Axe, by Sticks65

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Viking Bearded Axe, by Sticks65

I was very kindly sent this beautiful Bearded axe from my friend Bear over at Survival monkey forum.

It is made of 6150 carbon steel and has a Hickory handle.

I made a couple of modification to the Axe,I convexed ground the cutting edge and also cut down the top of the shaft by one inch.

Here is a little Information on this type of axe.

 The bearded axe was used primarily as a tool for woodwork and for cutting and smoothing planks, for example. This type of axe was an essential tool used for boat building and in the construction of Viking buildings (skiftesverkhus) which were built using horizontal planks. This replica is based on an 11th century axe found in Gothem on the island of Gotland. The original axe is exhibited at the Museum of National Antiquities in Stockholm.

I added the Viking Rune for the first letter of my Name which is J,The rune also means Good year or good harvest.

Here is a picture of the original Viking Axe that was found in Gotland

I thought I'd add these pictures of Viking houses and a Viking long ship both of which were built using this type of bearded axe.
Viking village

Viking long ship.


  1. I've seen this axe on Ragnar's site, and I keep resisting the urge to order one. Very cool bit of history. Thanks for the write up!

  2. I think if I had a vikings axe made, I would make one modification......I'd add a gutting hook. :)

  3. John G.
    The axe was from Ragnar's but they come un tempered.

    The guy that sent it to me did the quench and tempering himself,he did a great job on it.

  4. Man, that's quite a blade. Historical and functional as well!