In the 5th and 6th centuries, axes like this were widely used by the Viking warriors with a devastating effect.
A warrior would hurl his axe at the enemy from a distance of about 10 meters, and then follow up with a sword and shield.
An axe blade of solid steel can cause devastating injuries – that has been impressively proven in modern tests.
The straight, hardwood handle is purposely lightweight so the maximum kinetic energy of the axe blow is concentrated at its head.
This style of axe was just one of the reasons for the Vikings reputation for ferocity in war.
Blade length: 9cm
Axe head length: 17cm
Handle length: 48cm