A hand forged replica of an adze found in the famous Viking Age Mästermyr Tool
Chest find from Gotland, Sweden. This is a woodworking tool ready for use.
A mild steel head with high carbon steel cutting edge. The fitted handle is
made of Tasmanian Oak hardwood.
The cutting edge has a straight profile and a single-sided interior bevel.
The dimensions of the adze head are based on the original historical find (see
product illustration). The handle is approximately 13" (32cm) long. The total
weight is approximately 0.8lbs (370g).
This adze is ideal for the wood working reenactor.
Based on an archeological find from around 1,000 CE at Mästermyr on the island
of Gotland, Sweden. (Mästermyr item catalogue number 64).
The Mästermyr chest contained over 80 blacksmithing and carpentry tools and
materials in surprisingly good condition. It was uncovered by a farmer in 1936
who was ploughing his field.
As a hand forged item you will find this adze has an individually crafted
beauty to it.
A traditional forging process was used to create it. The head was forged from
a single piece of mild steel with a piece of high carbon steel fired-welded
onto the end to form a tough cutting edge.
The adze head retains some of its dark coloring from the heat treatment
process, i.e. oil quenched for hardening and tempered to gain toughness.
The handle has been firmly secured to adze head with a wooden wedge and
finished with linseed oil.