The bearded axe
A bearded axe, or Skeggöx (from Old Norse Skegg, beard + öx, axe) refers to various axes, used as a tool and weapon, as early as the 6th century AD. It is most commonly associated with Viking Age Scandinavians. The lower portion of an axe bit is called the "beard" and the cutting edge of the bearded axe extends below the width of the butt to provide a wide cutting surface while keeping the overall weight of the axe low. The hook, or "beard" of the axe would have also been useful in battle, to hook onto things, such as shields or weapons, to pull them out of the defender's grasp.
There are a number of variants in its design.
Variations of this design are still in use by modern woodworkers and some foresters.
Our axe is made from mild steel for the body and a bit or cutting edge of 1095 tool steel. Each one is hand forged by me and available for a runic name by you. I will cut them in.