I'm looking for an axe or hatchet that can be used as a weapon but can also chop wood. Something viking looking. I got kicked out of my local camping store for asking this. Anyone know anything good?
You're asking for two different things that are basically two whole different types of axes. Battleaxes and felling axes are different in that a battleaxe would suck at chopping wood, and a felling axe would suck in combat. Battleaxes have very thin heads and not a lot of weight, while felling axes have thick heads and lots of weight.
something like this?
>Battleaxes and felling axes are different in that a battleaxe would suck at chopping wood, and a felling axe would suck in combat.
you realize the reason vikings used axes was not because they were a superior combat weapon but because they were a useful multipurpose tool
>Battleaxes have very thin heads and not a lot of weight, while felling axes have thick heads and lots of weight.
felling axes are much thinner and lighter than splitting axes, and this was especially true in the viking age
Your inferrences on viking weaponry is extremely poor. During the viking age, up until the late middle-ages, most vikings would either carry into combat (melee wise) a spear, a knife, or an axe. Swords were magnitudes more expensive, being that they take hundreds of hours to forge by a skilled swordsmith, and used a lot more metal than an axe.
Now, you can see that the reasons one would use a simple hatchet or knife is purely economical. Usually a professional warrior could at minimum afford a war-axe or a spear, but yes, some did use their own tools as weapons.
Main point is, battleaxes would have been (and archeological artifacts support this) clearly distinguishable between their tool counterparts. They were meant for felling people, not might oaks.
In fact, you can test this out yourself. Go and find a felling axe at your local toolshop, and with one hand, hold it out in front of you. Look at the width of the axe head and compare it to the battleaxes found by archaeologists. As your arm begins to tremble from the weight of the wood cutting instrument, you will realize that it would be a very slow and unwieldy weapon for combat.
Battle axes had thinner lighter blades so you didn't expose yourself over swinging, they would have been a lot less rugged than a wood axe.
Pick and choose. You could always go with a middle ground. between the two, but that would be mediocre at both.
The most common historical weapon of the vikings would have been the spear and shield. As is true for EVERY ancient military force.
The axe is common amoung the lower classes of vikings for being a multipurpose weapon/tool. A professional soldier would have a spear, shield, and sword.
pic related. Anglo saxon sword.