Saturday, 26 March 2016

Weilding the Lochabor Axe

Pictured below is a fantastic video of my friend Kyle McIntosh weilding his home made replica Lochabor axe . The steel blade and hook which forms the axe head was made by a local blacksmith and Kyle constructed the rest himself and as you can see from the video has also learnt how to use


The Lochabor axe was not a specialist weapon , but just a cheap substitute for soldiers of the Jacobite army who did not have the means to own either a broadsword or firelock . The Lockabor axes were constructed by local blacksmiths which is what Kyle did to obtain is replica. It is reported that several hundred were made quickly in Aberdeen in late 1715 for the Earl of Mars levies and some imagines of Jacobites with Lochabor axes can be seen in the famous Penicuik sketches from 1745 as per the image posted below. 


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