These Hanwei short axes, replicating Viking weapons, are made to withstand throwing, with steel heads and hardened edges. They are well balanced and competition approved and fully functional . The Short Bearded Axe provided a concentration of power behind a relatively short cutting edge, ideal for punching through any armour of the period in close combat. The Short Viking Axe was useful both on the farm and in battle. It excelled as a close quarters weapon, while still being light enough to throw when necessary.