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Jonathan M. Ringlein





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PostPosted: Fri 11 Mar, 2011 6:45 pm    Post subject: Best Dane Axes?         Reply with quote

Hello, wondering if some people out there interested in viking arms could help me out. I'm trying to find a traditionally made Dane axe head; of the Type L extraction, or great war axes similiar to those used in the Bayeux tapestry. I'm looking for one with a wrought iron body and a carbon steel edge. Paul Binns has a great one listed on his site, but he doesn't seem to be responding to emails. Does anyone know any other good makers?
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Ville Vinje




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PostPosted: Fri 11 Mar, 2011 11:22 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Binns (as you mentioned) does great axes. Strange that he does not answer. It can take some time but he always gets back to me within a week.

Manning Imperial also seems to have great axes (not the usual thick and heavy ones you see everywere):

http://www.manningimperial.com/list.php?start...group_id=1

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A. Heidalen Skog




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PostPosted: Sat 12 Mar, 2011 9:36 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Are you using Hotmail? A friend of mine had problems contacting Binns via. Hotmail.

He responds to me within a day or two usually.
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S. Christiansen




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PostPosted: Sat 12 Mar, 2011 11:03 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Jonathan,

I've owned axes by both Paul Binns and Manning Imperial and can tell they both make great axes. I used to own a Manning Imperial "Norwegian" axe, which was really thin, light and sharp. A real beast.

Not the biggest fan of Paul Binns' swords but his spears and axes are great. A bit on the heavy side I guess, but that's a matter of taste. I also really like how he usually doesn't polish were it's not necessary. Makes them more personal.

I expect a lot of people to mention Arms & Armor in this thread too, since a lot of people seem to like them. And while their work does look great, I have no personal experience with them.

Regards,

Sonni
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David Wilson




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PostPosted: Sat 12 Mar, 2011 1:26 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I've handled an Arms & Armor Danish axe before, and I want one (eventually, it's a money thing). It's awesome, quite light and quick (despite it's size). I think it's made of a single piece of steel, but in every other way it meets your qualifications.
http://www.arms-n-armor.com/pole024.html

For a more traditionally made axe (softer iron body with a steel head), there's always Gransfors Bruks:
http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/gransforsb...leaxe.aspx

Of course, it's not quite a type L....

Anyway, both Paul Binns and Manning have great reputations for their axes..... I've never handled one of their axes, so I can't comment further....

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PostPosted: Sat 12 Mar, 2011 1:46 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

In my opinion, Eric McHugh makes the sexiest Dane Axe around.

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PostPosted: Sat 12 Mar, 2011 3:20 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

try owen bush at bushfire forge

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M. Livermore





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PostPosted: Sat 12 Mar, 2011 3:24 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I received a custom Type L Dane Axe from Arms and Armor on Monday. I have not had the time to compile a thorough review yet, but I am very pleased with it.
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R D Moore




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PostPosted: Sat 12 Mar, 2011 5:03 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Drop this man a line:
http://www.alchemymetalworks.com/

For a tutorial of his work you can look here:
http://forums.dfoggknives.com/index.php?showt...;hl=viking axe&fromsearch=1

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Ted Bouck




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PostPosted: Sat 12 Mar, 2011 8:14 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I highly recommend Jim Austin as well. Great axes, mine is sweet!!
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