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Bearded Axe (also known as the Skegox, Skeggox, Skeggex)
Time Period: 6th-11th century
Location: Northern Europe
Common Construction: Iron head with a wooden shaft

A bearded axe differs from a regular axe in the fact that the cutting edge is longer than the width of the throat where it attaches to the wooden haft. This gives a wider striking edge without drastically increasing the weight of the axe. The woodcutter can also slide his hand behind the axe's center of gravity when precision is required over power.

Axes have always been primarily a woodcutter's tool, however they make excellent weapons when the occasion calls for it. Axemen were present at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, one of the only times that the bearded axe was mentioned in a major battle.

Axes are usually austere in their presentation, and the bearded axe is no exception. Although they are recognized as weapons of war, this is an axe's secondary role and as such are never decorated in the way that a sword would be.

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