Double Ax Description
The double bladed axe is called a Labrys. This axe was used in many cultures throughout the world. In many cultures, such as Crete and much of Greece, the double axe is not a weapon and is identified with female goddesses. This is the axe associated with the mythical Amazon women. In other areas, it was considered to be the male symbol of thunder. In the ancient Thracian Odrysian kingdom, the double axe was related to the Thracian religion and to the royal power. It is believed that the double axe was an attribute of Zalmoxis, the lord of thunder. The double axe appears on coins from Thrace and is believed to be the symbol of the kings.
In modern use, the double axe or double but axe was used in North American forestry. One side would be sharp for felling and the other was blunt for limbing. Eventually, the double bit axe throwing competition were formed and they are now popular throughout Europe.
The sword is made from 1095 steel. 1095 steel is the highest carbon steel commonly used in swords. It has a carbon level of .95% which is one of the highest carbon levels for any type of steel. The most common high carbon swords are 1045 steel which only have .45% carbon content in the steel. 1095 steel is known for its ability to maintain an edge and is an incredibly hard steel. 1095 steel typically has a hardness of 56-58 HRC. The problem with 1095 steel is that it is lacks flexibility. Flexibility is critical to sword making so the sword doesn't break on high impact collisions. To increase the flexibility of this steel, clay tempering is used to soften the steel. The clay is thickly painted on the blade to insulates the parts of the blade that we want softened so they cool more slowly during the quenching process. In this case, the clay is painted everywhere except the edge. This clay tempering process keeps the strong and sharp edge of the blade while allowing the rest of the blade to be more flexible. This process optimizes the strength of the blade and maximizes its sharpness creating an incredible strong blade and sharp edge.
Handle Material: Wood
Overall Length: 31"
Rockwell Hardness: 56-58 HRC
Sheath: Leather sheath
Blade Material: 1095 Steel
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