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A SHARP FUNCTIONAL AXE!
Upon taking this axe in both hands one is immediately struck by the dynamic harmony of shaft and axe head into one exquisite fighting implement. The axe head is light for its bold and dramatic form, and coupled with the ergonomic shape of the shaft, presents a fast and versatile weapon that is an absolute joy to wield. The light weight of the head in union with the long shaft allows for fluid control and rapid recovery from both quick mid-shaft slicing movements and shearing blows taken with the hands positioned further towards the butt of the shaft. It is clear that this axe would be a fast and lethal implement in the hands of an experienced fighter. This axe can be characterized by symmetry of form and function, giving off a palpable sense of historic authenticity. The warmth and care taken in its crafting and the handmade nature of this piece give testament to the artistic vision of its maker.
Length: 87 cm.
Axe Head: 18 x 20 cm.
Weight: 1.3 kg.
I am really happy with the axe. It looks great, seems very well made and was at a very affordable price.
I hope that stuff like this keeps being made in Australia because it is so expensive to import stuff from overseas. Also its great that we have craftsmen making this kind of stuff for the Australian market. I look forward to buying more things from the Medieval Shoppe. Unknown on 20th Aug 2020
The Axe is worth a buy, as it is well balanced and fits well into the hand for either at 1 or 2 hand fighting.
Unknown on 1st May 2020
It great axes look good is functional and well balance great size and weight as well fast delivery great customer services Daryl Rae on 8th Apr 2020
Love it great balance feels great in hand definitely functional axes and looks great as well quick delivery and customer service as well. Unknown on 26th Mar 2020
Fantastic, love the axe, fair price, can't wait to buy the battle axe, perfect for the ornamtel look but also can bring into action if the case ever arise.. Brad on 22nd Jan 2020
When they write in the web page that the item is functional they are not kidding! This is a seriously well made and crafted Huskarlar Axe. The minute you pick it up and feel the weight and balance you realise this is not a toy. Michael on 11th Jul 2019
The first thing I noticed was the the perfect balance, & ease of handling. Nice edge. Single hand fighting easy as well. A lovely weapon, I would highly recommend. Great prices too on all these axes. kerry mcmanus on 4th Sep 2018
Nicely weighted for both 2 and single handed. Great look to her. Nice addition to the armory. Gav on 29th May 2018
On first encountering this axe I was really impressed by the balance which is immediate in ones hands. I could definitely see a housecarl performing a sort of dance of death with this axe, sweeping the handle in wide arcing rotations every which way to confuse and eventually disable an enemy. And the 'ringing' sound from a quick tap to the blade with a fingertip tells you it is a well made axehead.
Having myself an average armspan the huskarlar is perfect for my physical dynamics. Previously I had been the proud owner of a Norwegian axe, a beautiful piece though unfortunately for me the size of the blade was such that only a larger man could effectively weild the beast without looking silly, at least six feet in height with long arms would have been perfect, gives one a sense of how large some of these warriors were, indeed, the weapon could be as individual as the man wielding it.
From experience I've found the fixing of the shaft to be almost as important as the make of the axe itself. And the huskarlar does not disappoint, the axe head is firmly riveted to the handle with absolutely no wriggle room, so no errant axeheads flying off the handle while in the heat of combat.
The edge is quite diminutive, but this can be remedied, which I prefer, working on your own weapon installs a greater sense of ownership rather than having everything done for you I have found. There is also room for modifications to the handle, some engraving or leather strapping perhaps.
As for the providence of the design I can only assume it is based on its namesake, from an image on the bayeaux tapestry. A moustached fellow is in the process of decapitating a black hourse head from behind the ear, poor hourse. Though there are similarities with both the Dane axe and Slavic designs from that era with the longer 'cheek'.
Overall very pleased with this huskarlar, another bonus it fits inside my homemade chest! Unknown on 22nd Mar 2018