Two-Lugged Axe (Chopping & Beard)
A Swedish axe developed during the 7th century and first used on the island of Gotland and in central parts of Sweden. The two lugs below the eye give the axe its characteristic look. The edge is short and straight. The Chopping Axe is thought to have been used primarily for felling trees as well as for timbering when building houses and boats. Axes with a short edge, about 3" long and weighing about 2lbs had been used for felling and lopping trees right up into the 20th century. Straight handle, 29.5" Length of edge, 3" Weight including handle approx., 3lbs The Beard Axe was used primarily as a tool for woodwork and for cutting and smoothing planks, for example. This type of axe was an essential too used for boat building and in the construction of Viking buildings (skiftesverkhus) which were built using horizontal planks. Straight handle, 29.5" Lenght of edge 6" Weight including handle approx., 3.5lbs Gransfors Bruks axes are forged by professional blacksmiths that take great time and effort in their trade. The proof of this professionalism is in the way they are able to forge axes with such precision and beauty. There is no need to stone, grind, smooth or paint the axes in order to eliminate imperfections. At Gransfors Bruks, the forging crafter is allotted sufficient time to complete each axe or hatchet with the care necessary. The smiths do their best forging right from the beginning in order to produce the finest axes and hatchets in the world. This axe is available for purchase, however, we cannot guarantee a delivery date. Please call us at 1-800-777-4439 if you have any questions.