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Early Norse Belt Ax

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Early Norse Belt Ax

from 125.00

This ax is based on Scandinavian axes dating to the 7th to 9th centuries, from just before and into the first half of the Viking period. It's designed to suit the same purposes as our Viking Belt Axe: it's the right size and weight for a tomahawk or throwing axe, and it's a great axe for camp chores.

The head of this ax weighs 18 oz and it can be ordered alone or with a 19" ash handle.

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The light weight and keen edge of our Early Norse Belt Ax makes it a great light ax for wilderness camping if you prefer a shorter handle for easy packing. It performs very well for limbing and bucking small firewood, and will do a fair job of splitting kindling. It is also the perfect size and weight for tomahawk-throwing if you're looking for such an axe, but of Norse design. Our Viking Belt Axe shares the general characteristics of this axe, but is of a later style.

Our axes are all traditionally hand-forged from soft steel with a high-carbon steel bit forge-welded in, and bevels are ground and filed flat. This makes for better penetration and safer work, with fewer of the glancing blows that can arise with convex-ground bevels or micro-bevels. Sharpening is also quicker and easier with the soft steel body and flat bevels.

We hand-carve our handles from white ash and finish them with pine tar and beeswax. We also make the leather sheaths we ship with every axe.