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Also called the ‘Danish axe’, a bearded axe is a longer subtype of battle axe (see Battle Axe) with a special L-shaped or ‘bearded’ blade. Many types of axes were made with this design, which gives you a wide cutting surface with less weight in the blade, but for game purposes this also means a battle axe longer than the typical version, of 3-4 feet in length, with a slightly lighter ‘bearded’ shaped blade. This type of axe was widely used by the Vikings in the 9th-10th Century, particularly by the Danes. It could be used as a hand and a half weapon but was more typically used one-handed in conjunction with a shield.
A large ‘bearded’ axe of the type common from the 8th-13th Centuries, and not unheard of in the 14th-15th Bearded Axe, Sweden, 11th Century
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