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OLD SCHOOL COMBAT

THE EMERSON KNIVES BATTLE AXE BRINGS THE LEGEND OF THE VIKING TO BEAR ON MODERN TIME

It was a way of life and they lived it well.

I have had the distinct pleasure of speaking with Ernest Emerson on a few occasions about his collection of antique weapons—ranging as far back as the Neanderthal era—and it is apparent that he has a love of the Vikings and their weaponry. Not that it is a stretch to feel that way, as the Vikings were very adept at weapon and tool making, considering that their axes were the tools they depended on for war and farming alike. With their recent addition to an already diverse line of edged weaponry—the Battle Axe—Emerson Knives has brought old school weaponry to the forefront with a design that harkens back, directly, to one of the more prolific warrior classes the world has known.

I recently got the opportunity to give one a run for the money and see how well it held up to the Viking name.

Above: The Battle Axe easily split some very hard, very knotty lilac wood.

Modern Meets Antiquity

On first glance it is easy to see that the design cues were taken from the Viking axes of history, but it is even more specific than that.

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