Based on a circa 1300 design. Archers always carried an in-close fighting sidearm, and an axe like this one was a perfect choice as both a good working tool and a weapon. The flat poll was good for hammering in stakes that were often used in the defensive line, and then the blade could be used to sharpen them. This is a basic European pattern that was carried and used by infantry as well as mounted warriors as its design is just so practical for all kinds of uses in the field as well as war. Hand crafted from high carbon spring steel with a hardwood shaft. Ships with an unsharpened edge. 20" overall with a 4 3/4" by 3 7/8" head. Weighs around 1 pound 8 ounces.