Viking Belt Ax
Viking Belt Ax
This ax is based on the style of some Scandinavian axes dating mostly to the latter part of the Viking period (8th - 11th century). It's sort of a baby brother (sister?) to our Bearded Axe, and is designed to suit the same purposes of our Early Norse Belt Axe -- it's the right size and weight for a Viking-style tomahawk or throwing axe, and it's a great axe for camp chores, with a style that makes it stand out among other tools made for these purposes.
The head of this ax weighs 18 oz and it can be ordered alone or with a 19" ash handle.
The light weight and keen edge of our Viking 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 of Viking design. Our Early Norse Belt Axe shares the general characteristics of this axe, but is of an earlier 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.