Many people frequently ask “What makes a Battle Axe so great?” I quickly bring up the superior defensive capabilities that many fighters simply cannot comprehend until they have fought against a Medieval Battle Axe, or until they have learned to use one effectively themselves. Rarely do you worry about your blade becoming destroyed in battle, as opposed to a sword, while defending against attacks. Well over 95% of the weapon is able to be used in blocking sharp edged weapons, with a sword you are limited to the flat of a blade or the cross guard. The battle axe did have a few vulnerabilities, the wooden handle (often made of hard woods for strength) could be worn away if a warrior was not aggressive enough in their fighting style. If they would use the shaft to block attacks against bladed weapons too often, they would eventually wittle away. As a result many axes likely developed steel straps along the haft of the weapon, just as many medieval war hammers did in later years of war.One of the great advantages of the battle axe was (and still is) where it’s center of balance is and it’s mass. Unlike a sword (usually balanced… Read full this story
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