head: 6 1/4"
weight: 1 lb 13.8 oz
The francisca (or francesca) is a throwing axe used as a weapon during the Early Middle Ages by the Franks, among whom it was a characteristic national weapon at the time of the Merovingians from about 500 to 750 AD, up through the reign of Charlemagne (768 - 814). Although generally associated with the Franks, it was also used by other Germanic peoples of the period including the Anglo-Saxons and several examples have been found in England.
This francisca has the characteristic curved head and a straight hardwood shaft, and makes for a functional and inexpensive throwing axe of historical design.