Medieval Axes

The Medieval Axe was a fearsome weapon. It combined many different tactics into one weapon. The Main blade of course was something to be feared but there were other aspects that made it a formidable weapon. The Medieval axe often had a pick like weapon opposite the blade as in this example. Sometimes it had a second blade or even a hammer. It was a feared close combat weapon. Many of them also had some kind of tool at the bottom of the handle. This could be used to pierce and puncture.

The medieval axe also was well suited on the end of a polearm. This type of weapon could be six or eight feet in length typically, and sometimes even longer. They were often called poleaxes but as the blade and head changed they took on different names. I have a whole lot of stuff about poleaxes and polearms here: Medieval Polearms

The Medieval Axe also found a good use as a polearm weapon. Mounted on the end of a long handled pole it was called a Poleaxe and it was effectively used to keep distance from the enemy and to strike at mounted knights or to reach over the shields and armor of the enemy. Visit the Poleaxe page

There is something about a Medieval Ax - I play online video games. The type of fantasy and medieval games that a lot of people play. In these games you always get to select from a variety of weapons and I almost always opt for a big two-handed Ax. A big beautiful sword brings respect to the bearer but a big and ugly ax brings terror! There is just something medieval about an Ax.

More Axes

Authentic Medieval Battle Axe

Trademark Authentic Medieval Axe with Studded Wood Handle

This authentic medieval axe is built for battle with a solid wood studded handle, blade is a 7 inch tall half moon with a 4 inch spike on the other side and a razor sharp point at the head. You can't beat value of this high quality axe for the price.


Alien Warrior Fantasy Battle Axe

Alien Warrior Fantasy Battle Axe w/ Dagger & Plaque New





Denix Replica Medieval 17th Century Viking Battle Axe





One Handed Medieval Axes

Cold Steel 90N Norse Hawk, American Hickory Handle





Dragon Viking Axe








Looking for a Foam Axe to have some fun with?

Foam Axe

Nerf N-Force Warlock Axe - Yellow

  • Durable axe accessory is the ultimate choice
  • Choice for hand-to-hand battle in all kinds of medieval-inspired adventures
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Want to Make your own Replica Axe?

Make a cardboard battle axe or polearm Fun project for halloween or to add to your weapon repertoire How to make a cardboard battle axe


Here is a video of a combat school that trains in medieval weapons and uses medieval garb and techniques. The video shows two students wielding one handed medieval axes and shields. From the video you can get a sense of the tremendous power that can be generated by swinging an axe. Much more force is generated than with a sword because all the weight of the axe is on the end.

Sigmund Ringeck's Knightly Arts Of Combat: Sword and Buckler Fighting, Wrestling, and Fighting in Armor

The lessons of influential 15th-century fencing master Sigmund Ringeck are brought to life once again by David Lindholm and Peter Svärd, the duo behind Sigmund Ringeck's Knightly Art of the Longsword. This lavishly illustrated companion to Longsword examines Ringeck's instruction on fighting with the sword and buckler, fighting in armor with longsword and spear, and wrestling. These disciplines and more are fully explained both by Ringeck's text (offered in the original old German as well as the authors' English translation) and detailed captions for the step-by-step illustrations. The timeless works of Ringeck, who is best known for his interpretations of the teachings of grand master Johannes Liechtenauer, offer a rare opportunity to experience a firsthand account of this important period in the development of the Western martial arts. This book will be treasured by aficionados of the medieval arts of combat for generations to come. Foreword by John Clements.