Francisca Damascus Steel Axe


Typically, an axe is not designed specifically for tactical uses. Axes are ideal for chopping and splitting but have evolved over the years to be used for many forms of combat. The francisca throwing axe was originally used during the early Middle Ages by the Franks and later adapted by other Germanic peoples. 

Although the Francisca is famous as a throwing axe, it was probably more often used as a hand weapon in close combat. Throwing your weapon during a fight is risky as you may lose the weapon and then be unarmed. 

Our Francisca axe is a modified throwing axe has been updated with a modern design. Made of 1095 and 15n20 steels, the full tang Damascus steel axe has a short bearded blade and a reverse pick point. The pick point is ideal for deep punctures and for prying. The full tang Damascus steel axe is solid in your hand and is wrapped in genuine leather to give you superior feel. A chrome bolster and butt and a full leather sheath complete the axe.

Francisca Damascus Steel Throwing Axe Specifications:

  • Overall Length: 14"
  • Handle Length: 11"
  • Blade Length: 3"
  • Blade Material: Damascus Steel 1095/15n20
  • Blade thickness: 5mm
  • Tang: Full tang
  • Damascus pattern: Twist
  • Number of layers: 256
  • Handle Material: Full tang Damascus steel wrapped in leather
  • Includes a hand-stitched custom full-grain leather sheath with a belt loop.

Please note: Each knife is handmade from natural materials. There will be some variation in color, Damascus pattern and overall look. The knife you receive will have the same attention to quality and detail as the one pictured but may differ slightly in appearance.

Care Instructions:

1095 steel is a high-carbon steel and will rust if not dried and oiled after use. Hand wash only with soap and hot water. Dry completely before oiling.

About Forseti Steel:

The secret to forging authentic Damascus steel knives has long been lost, but Forseti Steel stays as true to the tradition as they can by commissioning smiths with Damascus ancestry to hand-make all of their blades. The artists behind the enamoring water-like patterns of folded and pounded steel have all learned their skills and techniques from the generations that worked the metals before them.

In addition to paying tribute to the Damascus practice in technique and appearance, Forseti Steel shows its respect for history's heroes, legends, and characters with their knives' names. The 9", walnut-handled Sentinel, for example, honors the Sentinels who stand guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington.