Just about the perfect size and weight for a battle axe, the Orleans Battle Axe is a sturdy, well-balanced weapon. The top and rear spikes are quite large and sharp, and should be effective against mail or even plate armor. The ax head will likewise cut through just about anything it hits - if you provide the strength to do so! I especially like the dark "stone-washed" finish of this item. It provides the rust protection of stainless with none of the inherit weaknesses of that material, plus it looks great, very medieval. Good, solid langets add strength and enhance the appearance of this axe. In all, a fine addition to any weapons collection.
Wow! This is the one I have wanted for years. There are so few axes with a top spike/blade, and the ones that are out there are poorly proportioned for combat. This is shaped exceptionally well for combat--the blade, top spike, and spike are proportional so that it falls (from a horse or off) through a cut like a saber without interference.
The bottom of the blade is also well thought out as many of the axes of this type can get bound up when you hook during sparring. This can hook well, but will not bind itself. I am extremely please with this.
I take off a star because the langets and shaft are not so well married, which is often the problem with langets.
Nevertheless, as I won't be going into combat with it soon, but I will be using it for forms and sparring, I can say that I finally have the axe I have been looking for for years.
Also, for the price, the quality is wonderful.
Well done Mr. Clements and well done Museum Replicas.
My first medieval axe and there is nothing I don't like about it! From the finish to the way it feels this piece is melon death in my hands.