Ethnographic Arms & Armour
 

Go Back   Ethnographic Arms & Armour > Discussion Forums > European Armoury
User Name
Password
FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 6th November 2016, 01:09 PM   #1
kronckew
Member
 
kronckew's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: CSA Consulate, Rm. 101, Glos. UK: p.s. - Real Dogs Have Feathering.
Posts: 3,346
Default Fokos for comment

A shepherd's axe? (Slovak: valaška, Hungarian: fokos, Polish: depending on region: ciupaga, rabanica, uobuszek, cekanka, Czech: valaška, Romanian: baltag, Ukrainian: бартка, топірець)

35 in. age unk. looks like i'll have to re-set the head when it arrives (the nail used to wedge it has to go.) needs an appropriate haft end ferrule...

thanks for any comments on age, origin...
Attached Images
    
kronckew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 8th November 2016, 12:34 AM   #2
Hotspur
Member
 
Hotspur's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Nipmuc USA
Posts: 401
Default

Beautiful. texasknife.com has plain metal tips and Alpine spike ends. Under cane supplies.

Cheers

GC
Hotspur is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 8th November 2016, 09:45 AM   #3
kronckew
Member
 
kronckew's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: CSA Consulate, Rm. 101, Glos. UK: p.s. - Real Dogs Have Feathering.
Posts: 3,346
Default

hi hotspur, thanks.

probably gonna get one of these if the end is the right size.
Attached Images
 
kronckew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 8th November 2016, 10:07 AM   #4
CutlassCollector
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Scotland
Posts: 238
Default

Hi,

Nice old axe.
It may be the photographs but the head looks a bit on the heavy side for a walker even in wolf country. It has a similar shape to many fire axes (and boarding axes) - maybe it started out as one on a shorter haft?

Regards,
CC
CutlassCollector is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 8th November 2016, 10:42 AM   #5
kronckew
Member
 
kronckew's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: CSA Consulate, Rm. 101, Glos. UK: p.s. - Real Dogs Have Feathering.
Posts: 3,346
Default

i think the head is smaller than the photos make it look. will know more on arrival.
kronckew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10th November 2016, 02:54 PM   #6
broadaxe
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 316
Default

Proper, legit fokos etc. should have much smaller head than a fire axe, because of weight in daily use, speed and momentum when being swung for fighting.
broadaxe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10th November 2016, 04:23 PM   #7
kronckew
Member
 
kronckew's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: CSA Consulate, Rm. 101, Glos. UK: p.s. - Real Dogs Have Feathering.
Posts: 3,346
Default

arrived today. head is very sharp point & edge. 734 grams inc. the 35 in. (89cm.) haft. blade edge is 3 in. edge to point of the spike is 7 in. (18cm.), at the eye it's 7/8 in. across, about 2.3 cm.eye is about 1.25 in. x 7/8 in. ( 30 x12mm). roughly the size of my french fire axe/hatchet based on the french boarding axe. much smaller than a USA fire axe of course.

haft is 1 1/8 in. x 7/8 in. an at the ground end is 3/4 in. so the above climbing ferrule should fit after i 'age it a bit.

just the right length for me as a walking stick. shame i can't actually walk anywhere with is as it very obviously an 'offensive weapon' that would scare the average british sheeple.

head is very tightly set, nail removed and it's still very tight, no wobble. probably won't re-set it.
kronckew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12th November 2016, 04:22 PM   #8
kronckew
Member
 
kronckew's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: CSA Consulate, Rm. 101, Glos. UK: p.s. - Real Dogs Have Feathering.
Posts: 3,346
Default

for comparison, it's actually a bit smaller than a pair of my other shepherds axes on the blade side, well in the same ball park i'd say....the spike side makes it a bit larger looking. and a bit more useful for a shepherd who might want to cut & hook a bit of brush to move it out of his path.

p.s. they are all roughly the same length, the steel one is not any shorter haft-wise.
Attached Images
 
kronckew is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump



All times are GMT. The time now is 04:25 PM.


Powered by: vBulletin Version 3.0.3
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Posts are regarded as being copyrighted by their authors and the act of posting material is deemed to be a granting of an irrevocable nonexclusive license for display here.