Viking Axe Type V Functional. High Carbon
Make your own Viking axe with this reproduction Viking axe head based upon an extant artefact found at an archaeological site in York in the United Kingdom. The original artefact is held by the museum of York identification number YORYM : 1948.551.45 (as shown in last photo below).
The original artefact is estimated to have been made in the mid 9th to 10th century. Axes of this style were most common in use between 866 and 1066. The original artefact could have been carried by a Danish Viking from the "Great Heathen Army. Which established the Kingdom of Jorvik in York in northern England in the place this axe was found.
Axes of this type are categorised as type V using the Wheeler axe typology from the book Wheeler, R.E.M. (1927) London and the Vikings. London Museum Catalogues: No 1 from extant artefacts found in Britain. Axes of this type are considered a transitional type between the smaller type IV axe to the larger type M axe (sometimes called a Dane axe) which were larger than previous axe types with a wider cutting blade. This type of axe saw use in Northern Europe, England and Rus localities.
This axe head is made from high carbon EN45 steel and is tempered. The axe is a good weight for a one handed axe and is great for green wood working and splitting firewood into smaller pieces of kindling at your next medieval or Viking re-enactment event.
The cutting edge of the axe measures 13cm (5.31") when measured along the blade and the length 14cm (5.5").
The handle measures approximately 58cm (22.85”) and is made from hardwood and features a decorative leather wrap.
The axe head is sharp. It will need to be blunted and rounded for historical reenactment combat