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Nate V





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PostPosted: Tue 24 Apr, 2012 2:32 am    Post subject: Historically accurate axe?         Reply with quote

Hello!

can anyone tell me if this particular axe head pattern is at all historically accurate? and what its called? any historical information with this same pattern would be appreciated.

thanks!
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Bartek Strojek




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PostPosted: Tue 24 Apr, 2012 4:47 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

If someone cut off the second blade, it could roughly look like some High Medieval axe.

As it is, obviously not.
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PostPosted: Tue 24 Apr, 2012 6:30 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

As far as I know, double-bitted axes historically fall into the realm of felling axes for wood, or perhaps ceremonial. All examples of weapon purposed axes I've seen are single-bitted.
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William P




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PostPosted: Wed 25 Apr, 2012 2:06 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

there are a couple of double bitted axes dating to the mycenean era (and no, not the cretan labrys) which, unlike the cretan labrys was fairly solid, one example is, according to one guy who has a replica, abit overweight and not something you could fight with over a longish period (theres a whole topic called 'battleaxes and snobbery' on this forum which looks at the question of doube bitted axes i.e did they exist for warm, and was there a point in using them for war at all as opposed to an axe with a spike, hammerhead or other such protrusion.
i give more detail regarding those particular axes on that thread

but for the viking axe or medieval period... no.. and any double bitters that might have hypothetically existed would be the crazzy exception as part of one guys whim and isnt something to note as being representative of the arms of that particular era.
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