This is a Viking bearded axe pattern and I’ve chased in a design across the eye with small punches and chisels. The design is taken from a carving on an 8th century stone cross on the Isle of Man, (located in the Irish Sea between England, Scotland and Ireland.
The axe is forged from mild steel and has a high carbon bit forge-welded in. I enjoy making my chased patterns appropriate to the time period of the style of the axe as the methods I employ could have been used by a viking smith.
The axe is mounted on a 30in long ash handle that I’ve shaped by hand and it’s been given a coat of linseed oil and beeswax. The bit on the axe is 4-3/8in wide and the head measures 5-1/2in