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German execution axe

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by Moonw, Dec 4, 2018.

  1. Moonw

    Moonw

    Nov 19, 2014
  2. Kevin Houtzager

    Kevin Houtzager

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  3. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp Basic Member Basic Member

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    Did someone say execution axe? ;)

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  4. Moonw

    Moonw

    Nov 19, 2014
    Kevin, I can see why. You know, to address the shape of that axe: it looked odd to me as well but you can see what *seems* to be a part of such a funky axe in this video at 1:35:



    What say you?

    (I watched the whole video but nowhere does it show more of that picture, while it does appear one or two times again.)

    While axes were less used than the swords (yeah, the rounded ones), I still think they've had their fanciers :).
     
  5. Moonw

    Moonw

    Nov 19, 2014
    Is it yours? Do weird things happen around it? :)
     
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  6. jake pogg

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    Nah,it's just a common French axe,gents:)...https://imgur.com/a/F1PYm8Q

    Most shown above are clearly identifiable as woodworking tools....

    Moonw,thank you for these interesting links(i can't watch them alas).Kevin was right in that the executioners belonged to a hereditary professional clans,things being socially awkward for them and their children et c.
    There's much written about the history of those,and though i've never studied it specifically,i've never heard that any special implement was developed for when they did use an axe.

    That one in the first video still is probably a hewing axe,or possibly a butcher's...(in Germany the developement of both happened in parallel,and some resemble one another).

    I butcher a lot of large game animals,and can't imagine that a human neck vertebrae is much of a challenge for any decent sharp axe,maybe a straight-ish/long-ish edge would help those challenged in their aim...So any hewing axe* would do(butcher axes are also quite thin-bladed).

    I remember vaguely some historic data how Peter the Great in the end of 17th c. on a sadistic whim made his aristocracy participate physically in the very many beheadings that they themselves decreed...These pampered wealthy,having never handled any tools,were awful about getting it done in one,or even two or more blows...The axes provided were of the most inappropriate kind,to make it all more fun...As a result a custom developed where the condemned could bribe the authorities,and for a large sum a real peasant was appointed,who could get their head off in one clean whack...(if ever one wonders how come RF is such a twisted place today:)
    But nowhere that i,personally,came across were there any mention of a specialised human-neck axe...too easy of a cut to justify tool modification,i'd guess.:)

    *part of the punishment was the Thrill,of course,the Theatrics...and broadaxes in general Do look impressive...thus this custom of today ascribing them that alleged duty,so maybe same went for those times,and the crowds loved them for that spectacular looks....
     
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  8. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp Basic Member Basic Member

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    I have a couple more, just big'ol French axes.... As soon as folks see one you can guess what they say! ;)

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    I made the handles, the curved one just for fun.....

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  11. Moonw

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    Nov 19, 2014
    Good stuff, gents. Very interesting.
     

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