Viking Axe – Wheeler Type B . High Carbon and Tempered.
Make your own Viking axe with this reproduction Viking axe head based upon an extant artefact found in England called the London-Axe Strand on the Green axe (shown in last photo).
Axes of this type are categorised as type B 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.
The original artefacts are estimated to have been made in the late 10 to 11th century.
Type B axes of this were in most common use between the sixth to nine century between approximately AD600 – AD840
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. The axe has a flat back, so it is also great for woodworking around the reenactment or SCA encampment.
The axe measures 15.5cm in length and has a cutting edge of 11.5cm.