The Francisca (XH2120N - antiqued), so named for its Frankish origins, was used by the Vikings both as a throwing weapon and for close-quarters combat. Its graceful lines are legendary but the upswept point and downturned edge were both capable of penetrating chain mail. Our Francisca features a forged head with a fire-gray finish and a swelled-end hardwood shaft for secure head retention. Historically Accurate
BLADE LENGTH: 3 1/2 inches
HANDLE LENGTH: 18 1/4 inches
OVERALL LENGTH: 17 inches
WEIGHT: 1lb 3oz THICKNESS: .230 inches
Battle axes generally weigh far less than modern splitting axes because they were designed to cut legs and arms rather than wood; consequently more narrow, slicing blades are the norm. This facilitates deep, grievous wounds, additionally, a lighter weapon is much quicker in combat. The handles of military axes were often reinforced with metal bands called langetts so that an enemy warrior could not cut the wooden handle. Some axes even had all-metal handles.
Stone axes have been in use since at least the 3rd millennium BC, see Battle-axe people. They were followed by copper, bronze, iron and steel axes.
In the eastern Mediterranean the double-bladed labrys axe was prevalent, and the sagaris, described as either single or double bladed became associated with the mythological Amazons, though these were generally ceremonial rather than practical tools.