Gotland Viking Axe Head- Functional. High Carbon and Tempered.
Make your own functional re-enactment Viking axe with this reproduction Viking axe head based upon three archaeological finds from Sweden and Denmark. These include the Hejde Gotland and Närke axe artefacts found in Sweden and the Pederstrup axe found in Denmark The original artefacts are estimated to have been made in the late 10th century. An example of this axe head is held by the Gotland museum as shown in the last photo.
Axes of this type are categorised as type M using the Petersen axe typeology from the book De Norske Vikingsverd written by the archaeologist Jan Petersen from extant artefacts found in Norway and Sweden.
Type M axes of this type developed around ca. 950 and was larger than previous axe types with a wider cutting profile. This most likely developed as a result of the increasing use of armour on the battle field. This type of axe saw use in Northern Europe, England and Rus localities until approximately the 13th century.
This axe was designed by us for re-enactment and HMB combat. Each axe head weighs between 480 to 495 grams. The edge thickness before rounding on the blade is no less than 2mm and 3mm on the horn of the axe. The edges of the horn of the axe have been rounded to the size of Australian two cent coin (21mm).
The axe head is made from high carbon EN45 steel and is tempered. Unlike axes made from mild steel sheet with a rolled and welded socket this axe head will not bend when struck in combat.