A Medieval Axe, or battle axe, is a category of axes primarily used in warfare during the Middle Ages. There were many different kinds of medieval axes and each of them had different designs and purposes. Although mainly used today as collectors items, the history behind them is an interesting one.
Medieval axes were generally available in both a single handed style and a double handed style and ranged in size from .5 Kg to 3KG ( 1 to 6 pounds) and from 30cm up to 1.5m (1 to 5 feet) in length. Axes was over that size were known as pole arms and were used as a close contact weapon in warfare. The axe normally contained a blade on one end and a pick like weapon or some type of hammer on the opposite side. Some of their axes also contained a tool of different varieties on the top or bottom. The Medieval battle axe was the ultimate all-purpose weapon and would be a marvelous piece to anyone’s collection!
Developed by the natives in North America around the same general timeframe, Tomahawks are hatchet-like axes with straight shafts that were useful in camping and outdoor survival scenarios. Lighter and slimmer than full hatchets, Tomahawks are mostly used as a more light weight alternative and often contain other tools in addition to the axe head, such as spikes or hammers. A popular sport in colonial times, Tomahawk throwing has again become large attraction during re-enactment.
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