coud it be a farriers axe? Most of the pictures I've seen, they look longer, but it still has that look about it.
I would not say that this is the farriers exe.This should probably be a unique piece...
I think you're right, I can't find anything that even looks close to this. The rounded blade just made me think of something that would be used in working with animals, I'm not sure why, my mind goes in strange directions at times lol
Looks like more of a tool than a weapon to me. I'll see what I can find out, if anything.
Looks to me like Rob is on the right track. The handle material looks too soft to be used to Swing this blade to give a blow with, but more as he said, to hold it in place and strike the "tail" to drive the blade edge into something. Shingle making tool,perhaps? Although, the blade in the handle almost gives an impression of a leather working tool of some sort? Is unusual, for sure, and apparently not a hugely successful idea, as there obviously weren't tons of these things made or else it would have been easily recognized.
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