The throwing axe had many functions. As a hand held weapon it was capable of lethal force. It would cleave into helms, mail and shields. While as a thrown weapon, a volley of thrown axes could break through a shield wall and disrupt the opposing force. Hand crafted from 5160 high carbon spring steel with hardwood shaft. Ships with a sharp edge. 17 1/2" overall with a 3 1/2" blade. Weighs around 1 pound 4 ounces.