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Wikipedia. A bearded axe, or Skegg x refers to various axes, used
as a tool and weapon, as early as the 6th century AD. It is most
commonly associated with Viking Age Scandinavians. The lower
portion of an axe bit is called the "beard" and the cutting edge of
the bearded axe extends below the width of the butt to provide a
wide cutting surface while keeping the overall weight of the axe
low. The hook, or "beard" of the axe would have also been useful in
battle, to hook onto things, such as shields or weapons, to pull
them out of the defender's grasp.Modern Japanese bearded axe,
demonstrating the grip for shaving wood. Additionally this design
allows the user to grip the haft directly behind the head for
planing or shaving wood.Variations of this design are still in use
by modern woodworkers and some foresters.
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