Posted: Mon 17 Dec, 2018 11:43 am Post subject: Throwing axes
I'm curious if anyone has done any research (either historical or practical) on throwing axes.
The Franks are, of course known for specialized throwing axes, but I can't find much reference to them after that until the 16th century when Burgau passes an ordinance in 1534 banning Jews from carrying throwing axes around town.
There's also talk of people throwing axes in Viking Sagas, and Bartholomäus Sastrow (1520-1603) talks about someone having thrown an axe at his dad, but I don't think any of those axes are described as being specialized throwing weapons.
Other than that I can't seem to find much mention of axes as thrown weapons in Europe.
The fact that the throwing axe as a weapon pops up in the Germanic lands in both the 9th and 16th centuries is certainly intriguing and makes me wonder if there was some kind of contiguous axe-throwing tradition spanning the intervening centuries.
It is mentioned a few times in historical documents as being requiered armament or as being illegal to use or even carry within certain cities or towns in the area around where the netherlands and germany meet today if I remember correctly.
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