German battle ax (14th century)

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German battle ax (14th century)
German battle ax, late 14th century (Metropolitan Museum, New York)
Weapon type: Battle ax
Use: weapon
Creation time: 14th Century
Region of origin /
Holy Roman Empire , German Knighthood
Distribution: Holy Roman Empire
Handle: Wood, metal
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The German battle ax is a late medieval battle ax type from the Holy Roman Empire .


The German battle ax has a single-edged, short, pointed, bearded blade . The blade (sheet) is attached to the shaft with an eye . The blade becomes narrower from the eye and tapers to a point. The ax is thickened just above the cutting edge in order to increase the stability of the relatively small blade. The pointedly shaped place makes it possible to use this ax for stabbing too. The shaft is made of wood, is slightly curved and studded with nails to make the shaft more stable against blows and to improve the grip. An eyelet is used at the end of the shaft , which is intended for attaching a lanyard . This battle ax has an unusual shape and a blade that is unusually small for battle axes. It was designed for one-handed use.

Individual evidence

  1. George Cameron Stone, Donald J. LaRocca, A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor: in All Countries and in All Times , Courier Dover Publications, 1999, pp. 79-80 (picture), ISBN 978- 0-486-40726-5