This is a broad hewing axe of a style used during our colonial period till well into the nineteenth century. The axe is handled for a right handed user but can be made left handed by inserting the handle from the other side.
This is a Danish style broad axe. It has a 5 in. bit and is 6 in. from pol to bit. It is 1-1/8 in. wide at the pol and weighs 1 lb. 3 oz.. The axe head is hand forged from mild steel with a high carbon steel bit forge welded in. The handle is made of white ash with a linseed oil beeswax finish and is 38 in long.
Made after the pattern of a late 18th century piece. The axe would have been used for hewing logs square for building cabins. These axes are made flat on one side and the offset handle would be put in either way for left or right handed use.
A Mamen style dragon, adapted to fit the shape and chased in with small punches and chisels on both sides adorns this broad axe. The axe head is forged from mild steel and has a high carbon bit forge welded in.
The pattern is a Mamen style dragon adapted to fit this broad axe head.