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Craig Johnson
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PostPosted: Mon 22 Feb, 2010 7:15 am    Post subject: February (late :) ) A&A Highlight Update         Reply with quote



A touch behind, as always Happy , but we are happy to bring you the

February Highlight Item from Arms & Armor




#213 Nordland Axe

The highlight item for February is the #213 Nordland Viking Axe. This style of axe was in active use over a long period of time from the late Roman period through to the Middle Ages. The stout axe head is mounted on a custom-made hickory haft.

This Nordic weapon is highlight priced at $57 (s/h 20.00).

Check the ARMS & ARMOR News for all the details.



We have a couple of Seax on the Muster Page, as well. Let your inner Anglo-Saxon out and get a broken back Seax for the spring thaw. These two hand made pieces are nice examples of this style of large knife. Whether one is on the hunt or in battle these large knives will serve you well.



We will also be adding some items to the custom section over the next few days so check back and see what has kept us busy of late.

Best to all from A&A Inc.
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PostPosted: Mon 22 Feb, 2010 8:52 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Craig,

Is the shape of the axe head "eye" triangular or oval? I can't tell from the photo.

Ed T.
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PostPosted: Mon 22 Feb, 2010 9:05 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Ed T. wrote:
Craig,

Is the shape of the axe head "eye" triangular or oval? I can't tell from the photo.

Ed T.


From mine I guess I would say a rounded triangular eye: Oval at the rear but meeting on the blade side in a point.

The sides are curved so it's a convex triangular shape with a rounded back.

Nice axe historically and very usable as a camp axe in a modern context: I like mine a great deal and at the price it is
" A GREAT DEAL " ( Intentional pun. Wink Razz Laughing Out Loud Cool ).

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PostPosted: Mon 22 Feb, 2010 9:19 am    Post subject: A&A Info         Reply with quote

Hi Ed

Jean has described it well. Some call it an almond shape.

Note: the fullered Seax has sold.

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PostPosted: Mon 22 Feb, 2010 9:20 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks Jean. That is what I was hoping to find out. Too many reproduction axes have the oval eye. The shape you describe seems more medieval to me.

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PostPosted: Mon 22 Feb, 2010 9:54 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Ed T. wrote:
Thanks Jean. That is what I was hoping to find out. Too many reproduction axes have the oval eye. The shape you describe seems more medieval to me.

Ed T.


The handle has the same shape as the eye near the eye and halfway down the handle it gradually turns oval while narrowing a bit until the swell at the end of the handle: This gives a good feel of the orientation of the edge when in hand, so the handle has a much more interesting, subtle and functional cross section than most modern axe handles that tend towards just being an oval.

The axe has enough weight to have some authority in a chop but light enough for fast recovery as a one handed axe in my opinion.

Haven't tried it out as a throwing axe but it should be very good for throwing although I might want to have spare handles if I did a lot of throwing to replace a broken handle since hardware store replacement wouldn't have the same crossection and profile unless one used an oversized handle and sculpted it into the right shape.

Thought you might like the extra information. Wink Big Grin

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