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kronckew 2nd January 2008 05:53 PM

African Axe
another first for me, just snagged this axe on ebay. my 1st african one


Tim Simmons 2nd January 2008 05:57 PM

Nice one!! :cool: Looks like it is an old one :cool: :cool: .

kronckew 2nd January 2008 06:06 PM

he had a bronze one for sale that was very similar (the bronze was decorated) but i went for the steel one as the handle was in better shape. will always wonder if the bronze one was really ancient. woulda went for the two but i had another purchase tonite. (see my moro kris thread). xmas was late this year ;)

Jim McDougall 2nd January 2008 09:28 PM

It seems we've really been coming up with axes in topic lately, and this does look like a nice one. While we know it is African, where might it be from?

Tim Simmons 3rd January 2008 07:48 AM

There are books that suggest this form of axe is used in the southern parts of Tanzania and Zambia.

Illustrations from "Armies of the Nineteenth Cenrury; Africa. East Africa"

Tim Simmons 3rd January 2008 08:43 PM

This is a very good map of the major people in Kenya, from a British daily covering the political unrest there.
This axe could well have been used here abouts too though I do think it is from further south. I like maps like this but so many books do not do this.

Looking at these current problems with a modern eye one forgets it took 1000 years for England to become truly one nation and a further 700 years to become the United kingdom.

kronckew 9th January 2008 12:41 PM

well, my axe arrived, it's even more impressive than i expected, the axe blade is well decorated, the axe handle is solid, no cracks (the line in the photo is where a piece peeled off but did not crack. the blade is seated solidly and is decorated on all 4 sides.

the long blade makes direction changes a bit unweildy but once you start swinging it, nothing is gonna stop it. would be good for reaching around or over a shield. sharp little tyke.

Overall view:

blade left:

blade right:

blade top:

blade bottom:

Lew 9th January 2008 02:12 PM

The blade on your axe is nice and stout which leads me to think it's a war axe rather than a ceremonial axe. Very nice piece!


spiral 9th January 2008 03:35 PM



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