Forged iron, 6 ½” length, 3 1/2” width with curved cutting edge and tapered tangs for two wood handles. A forge weld joining the blade with one tang probably indicates that the blade is of harder carbon steel as was often the case with axe edges. See The Mastermyr Find, A Viking Tool Chest from Gotland, p.13 #54 for a virtually identical example found in Gotland Sweden. That find is a tool chest with carpenter’s tools intact. These would have been used to carve a semi-circular hollow in wood such as for making a wood bowl. One of only two examples in private hands known to us.

Item ID: B1106

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