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Arms & Armor Nordland Axe

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The Nordland Axe has a sharpened axehead of high carbon steel; the robust haft is crafted from stained hickory.

The axehead is a Peterson Type C style noted for its hanging beard edge and the slight upward curve of the top of the cutting edge. It was a style common to the northern regions of both Sweden and Norway. The bottom of the haft has a swollen end that not only helps keep the haft in hand, but can also be used as a stop and pivot point to deliver a strike of great force.

Though the Viking sword gets a great amount of praise and attention, for more Northmen warriors it was the more humble fighting axe that brought them their livelihood and smote their enemies. Axes meant for felling trees and homestead use can be cumbersome, heavy and unbalanced, but this Norse fighting axe is none of these – it is a fast striking and hard hitting weapon of war. It is a durable weapon with a grievous bite that can also be thrown by a skilled warrior.

Overall Length21''
Blade Length4 1/4''
Weight1 lb 10 oz
TypeBearded Axe
ClassBattle Ready
ManufacturerArms & Armor
Country of OriginUSA

3 reviews for Arms & Armor Nordland Axe

  1. Daniel Flynn

    Sturdy little axe, few minor imperfections This is a solid little axe that I have put to the test with some light wood chopping, and it has performed nicely thus far. Small axes of this sort performed double duty for Dark Age Scandinavian peoples (you will not find this axe type in the UK). The axe could be used on a daily basis to chop small branches, chop through rope, and even plane wood planks to repair a long ship (though the bevels would have to be altered on this axe in order to accommodate that). The axe could also be used for lightning fast attacks in combat. This would be especially devastating when concealed behind a shield, and then employed for a surprise attack. I always wanted to own this axe, but hated the black finish Arms and Armor puts on it. This version, however, is free of that finish. Instead, the finish is rough, but durable. If you elect to smooth out the finish yourself as I did, be warned that it will rust almost immediately; I am not even kidding. I got a small drop of water on this axe after I polished it and it rusted after about ten seconds. After I used some ferric chloride to force a patina on it, there was no issue. You can also use household vinegar and mustard to force a patina, though it takes more time. I would be curious to know what type of steel was used to forge this axe given its propensity to rust, but in any case it is a solid axe head. The handle is made from American hickory, which is completely overblown by woodworkers and axe aficionados for its strength. Don’t get me wrong, you can’t beat hickory, but you can match it with other types of wood. My handle was warped, so I removed it and replaced it with my own handle made from sugar maple. I also installed a wedge to give the axe head a tighter fit. I contoured the handle so it transitioned from a tear drop shape at the base of the axe head, to an oval shape along the shaft; this is a far more comfortable fit for my hand. In the future, I think Arms and Armor should reconsider the shape of the handle. If you have large hands, the narrow handle does not provide a good grip. I would give this axe a higher rating, but the shaft was warped and I needed to replace it. It was a nice project to work on nevertheless. When I compared this axe to the Danish War Axe, also made by Arms and Armor, I noticed that the handle shapes were rather different. Both axe heads have the same tear drop shape, but the handle on the Danish axe is oval, which is a far more comfortable grip. Yet, Arms and Armor did not transition from an oval shape to a tear drop shape in order to fill the axe head. Therefore, there is a small gap between the wood and the axe head on my Danish axe. Although a wedge was inserted to provide a tight grip, I would worry that water could work its way into the gap and rust the axe head from the inside. Therefore, I think Arms and Armor ought to work a little bit more on the smaller details in the future.

  2. peter s.

    Love this little ax! Great little ax! Everything is tight, nice balance, can’t wait to get her outside!

  3. Will

    Solid little ax. It’s fun to swing and feels good in the hand. I really like the blade shape.

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