Although generally associated with the Franks, it was also used by other Germanic peoples of the period including the Anglo-Saxons, and several examples have been found in England. It was in use by the Merovingians from about 500 to 750 AD and is known to have been used during the reign of Charlemagne (768 - 814). With a curved handle and upswept tip this axe is beautifully designed for throwing. Hand crafted from 5160 high carbon spring steel with hardwood shaft. Includes a leather axe cover. Ships with a sharp edge. 17" overall with a 3 1/2" blade. Weighs around 1 pound 3 ounces.