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Daniel Wallace




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PostPosted: Thu 23 Jan, 2014 9:30 am    Post subject: Axe head information.         Reply with quote

I was on Dogg Fogs blade smith forum and came across a data sheet of axe heads then I couldn't find the post again (I don't visit the site too often).

I'm still thinking on my summer project I've made a few knives, albeit my skills at it are novice, and this summer I'm thinking of making something simpler, a small axe. I've been wanting to do something Norse inspired when I can across this pic, looking like it details different styles.

I'm interested in number 24 and wonder if anyone can help me identify if it is a document 'type' that I can look up and find some pics of period ones to base a repo off of.



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M. Livermore





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PostPosted: Thu 23 Jan, 2014 11:57 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It looks like a Petersen type E to me. The search function should lead you to a good English translation of the Petersen axe typology.
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Bjorn Hagstrom




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PostPosted: Thu 23 Jan, 2014 12:44 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

You mean something like this?

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxXTpSwyELmDMGM0NDU0Y2UtNDY3Mi00YjNhLTllZjQtMTMzMTliNmJkZmEz/edit?usp=sharing

This is from the National History Museum archives. Listed as Viking age find from Arjeplog -really, far north in Sweden.
The database is semi-public (open and available, but not well linked to from their homepage..)
http://mis.historiska.se/mis/sok/sok.asp
I got some more axe-pictures saved. Shoot me a pm with your email, and I can share that picture-folder with you on google drive,

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Daniel Wallace




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PostPosted: Fri 24 Jan, 2014 9:08 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

thanks, a quick search of type E brought up a few pics. the examples I seen in the quick search brought up a head with a slight upward swoop and a short beard that has that hard angel at the bottom. the back seems to have a small hammer like head but I can't really tell from the pictures because there's nothing showing the socket too well.

although this head may be over too large for the idea I have planned it's shape interests me. I don't think an axe head exceeds my skill at this point, however it does exceed my present tools. If all goes as planned, I'm hoping to attend a tomahawk making class this summer. I know the methods of making could be a little different, and I may end up making something more hawk like than actual Norse - depends on how much freedom the instructor will give on design.
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Bjorn Hagstrom




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PostPosted: Fri 24 Jan, 2014 12:00 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

There are viking era axes that are not too far from a tomahawk in size and form. Just aim at something like:







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Daniel Wallace




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PostPosted: Sat 25 Jan, 2014 9:32 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I see, the third one you have pictured there, to my eye, that looks like a wrapped construction. I can't wait to start making up some drawings. Happy
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