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A. Spanjer




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PostPosted: Wed 24 Feb, 2010 6:11 pm    Post subject: Lochaber Axe Questions...         Reply with quote

I have a few questions about the Lochaber axe.

First of all, when did the Lochaber axe first come into use? Is it purely a 17th/18th century weapon, or is it older?

Second, are there any manuals on use of the Lochaber axe? I know some sword manuals cover fighting against a Lochaber axe, but what about fighting with one?

Thirdly, are there any good replicas of a Lochaber axe? If so, where can these be found?

Also, if you guys (or girls) have any more info or photos relating to the Lochaber axe feel free to post them, as there seems to be little about them online.

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PostPosted: Wed 24 Feb, 2010 7:13 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It's a bill. Anything you find covering the English bill or halberd in general will be of use. Terry Brown's English Martial Arts is a good martial arts-oriented reference. Silver covers the bill, too, though his ideal bill is a more unusual variant.

Although the Scottish form is distinctive and long-lived, it's a very old weapon--essentially a militarized agricultural tool. By the time it last saw battle in Scotland the bill was at least several hundred years old, and probably much older.

These tend to be relatively crude, so you might be able to commission one from a local metal worker with no experience in reproduction arms. The construction is pretty clear.

18th c. examples from the Royal Armouries, Leeds:



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A. Spanjer




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PostPosted: Wed 24 Feb, 2010 8:22 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks!

I'll look into that book. As far as commissoning one from a local blacksmith goes, that's probably what I'll do. I'm planning on doing that for a Sgian Achlais anyway.

Thanks for the photos too, they'll be useful.

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PostPosted: Thu 25 Feb, 2010 5:10 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I have a couple lochabers (reproductions, of course), one made in Scotland, the other -- I'm not sure, but it's a very nice weapon. I got both of mine from Pat Tougher (www.scottishsword.com -- note that he has lots of stuff available that he brings to Highland games and Knife shows, but is not listed on the website). Drop him a line, he might still have something that would suit your need.... or be able to direct you to a source....
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