A hand forged single-handed Viking camp axe/hatchet. This is a
woodworking/cutting 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 20 to 25 degree 'V' shaped bevel.
The axe head is approximately 5½" (14cm) wide with a 3¼" (8cm) tall cutting
edge. The handle is approximately 14" (35cm) long. The total weight is
approximately 0.8lbs (370g).
This is the perfect camp axe for the reenactor.
This type of axe was the ubiquitous Viking cutting tool. It was small enough
to be worn in a belt or carried strapped to a pack and primarily was used to
chop firewood, wood carving and even cutting meat and bones.
As a hand forged item you will find this axe 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 axe 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 finished with linseed oil and firmly secured to the axe
head using a wooden wedge.