Ancient Roman Axes

ancient roman axeThe axe was used both in battle and day to day life. It was used to cut wood, hunt, as a weapon during battle, and more. The overall style of the Roman axe is not very different from that which is seen today.

It is a good example of a general purpose tool that was used then and is still used today.

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Roman History

The axe blade was generally made of iron with a shaft hole. The handle or shaft was inserted into that hold. Some axes also had elaborate holders that were comprised of wooden sticks tied with red leather.

The average common axe size of the head was 6 ½ x 3 inches. The hole was 2 ¼ long x 2 inches wide. The common axe had a flat butt and curved blade. It was fitted with a straight handle made of wood.

There is also some evidences of an axe hammer which was larger with a head size of  7 ½ inches long and the cutting edge extended in a downward position to give the tool the appearance of a hammer.

 

 

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