This replicated Viking weapon is made with forged heads and hardened edgesto to withstand throwing. It is well balanced, competition approved and fully functional . The Short Bearded Axe provided a concentration of power behind a relatively short cutting edge, ideal for punching through any armour of the period in close combat. The short Viking Axe was useful both on the farm and in battle. It excelled as a close quarters weapon, while still being light enough to throw when necessary.