A hand forged Viking age replica curved edge adze. This is a woodworking tool
ready for use.
A mild steel head with high carbon steel cutting edge with a curved profile
and a single-sided interior bevel.
The adze head is approximately 7" (18cm) long with a 2.5" (6cm) wide curved
cutting edge. The handle is approximately 10" (25cm) long. The total weight is
approximately 1lbs (420g).
This adze is ideal for the traditional woodworker or Viking/medieval
re-enactor wanting to make useful items from green wood.
This type of tool was used to carve bowls, large spoons or trenchers out of
unseasoned (i.e. green) wood. It may also have even been used to make the
inward curving planks used to make buckets.
A traditional forging process was used to create this adze. The head was
forged from a single piece of mild steel with a piece of high carbon steel
forge-welded onto the end to form the cutting edge.
Hardenable carbon steel was a precious commodity during the Viking age in
Europe and was used sparingly. Whether intended or not, this process produced
tools with a hard and sharp cutting edge that could absorb the force of
repeated blows without breaking.
As a hand forged item you will find this adze has an individually crafted
beauty and personality to it. 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. You may also notice faint evidence of the forge-welding
process, also present on archeological finds, which is in no way a point of
weakness on the axe body.
The handle is finished with linseed oil and has been firmly secured to the axe
head using a wooden wedge.