Long-handled Viking axes were widely used at the height of Norse domination. They might have been even more popular than the sword. The double-handed broad axe developed later, perhaps around the 10th and 11th centuries. The Viking warrior could not fight with the broad axe and hold the shield at the same time so he would wait patiently, shielded by the first line of soldiers, and rush out at the opportune moment to inflict damage.
Of all the offensive weapons, the Viking spear was the most common. It featured a spearhead fixed to a wooden shaft using a rivet or pin. The spear was ideal for thrusting and throwing. The blades at the top came in different shapes and sizes, with some exhibiting “wings” on them. Skilled Viking warriors are said to have had the ability to hurl two spears simultaneously using both hands.
Viking knives were another important part of the armory. They were carried throughout the day on the belt. The blade was shorter than the sax (or seax) that was popular during the early Viking Age. This one-handed, single-edged weapon had simple fittings and was made of bone, wood, or horn.
Museum Replicas has an excellent collection of Viking spearheads and spears, axes, knives, and seaxes. Besides looking good, all weapons in the selection are made with a high degree of care and detail and built to perform and last.
This seax replica has an etched blade that is flat ground, and can be sharpened. Brass lobed pommel and guard. Secure wood grip studded with brass tacks. Riveted Leather sheath with two thong slots. Overall length 19 inches.
One of the world’s most ancient weapons, the spear was a dominant presence on the field of battle for an amazingly long period of time. This particular blade form was put to use during a wide range of European history by a wide range of cultures, from Ancient Celts and Greeks to well through the Renaissance. The blade is tempered steel and the socket fits a 1-1/4" round pole (not included). Made by Windlass Steelcrafts.
The ancient Frankish Warriors would form a rough line an arm’s throw from their foe and hurl light spears and these axes before charging in with sword and shield for individual combat. This distinct axe is perfect for throwing with its solid steel head and hardwood shaft. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts.
The spear is one of the oldest and most important of all hand weapons. The Celts, as well as the Vikings, used this type not for throwing, but as an effective cutting weapon. Socket will fit a 1-1/4" round pole (not supplied).
Although we do not know the exact form and shape of the Viking Hewing Spear, we do know that they were used. This is a spear that would thrust effectively and yet have the power to cut decisively. High carbon steel blade. Slim and attractive, it is just the spear to carry on your next medieval outing. Pole not included with hewing spear. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts®.