The Black Mammen


 *This product can take up to 3 weeks to be made and dispatched as it is made to order by our very own Sam in the workshop.*

As soon as we came across the discovery of the Mammen axe we knew we wanted to stock it, it is by far the most exciting artefact found from the Viking age. Uncovered at a Viking age chamber tomb in the small village of Mammen in Denmark, this axe was found along with what is now known as the Mammen horde. It was forged in the 10th century from Iron with silver inlay for decoration. The style of the etching is called Mammen, named after this axe head. 

This version of our Mammen axe is burnt black and has a black leather grip and choke, with leather crossed over the head. Burning black is an old blacksmiths trick to smooth the handle and prevent getting blisters whilst they hammer all day. It wraps the wood in a layer of carbon that's highly resistant to mould, insects, water and even fire. It also hardens the wood, making it less likely to crack or splinter. This process is called "Charring" - burning and rubbing in oil whilst the wood is still hot/warm.

The head is functional high carbon steel and hardened, it is shipped Blunt for display but would hold a great edge if given one. 

Approximate specifications are as follows: 

Haft length: 68cm 
Head length: 18cm 
Blade length: 17cm 
Weight: 1.2kg
Head Material: High Carbon Steel 
Haft Material: Ash, burnt black. 
Wrapping: Black leather
Edge: Blunt, but would hold an edge. 

You must be over 18 to buy this product or view this website. With these being high carbon steel, please keep dry when not in use and regularly oil to keep in great condition. 


SKU:  AXE009