Friday, 23 September 2016

The Locharbor Axe

Most Jacobite reenactors who want to purchase replica weapons go for the popular Scottish basket hilt sword or the Murdoch flintlock pistol  or both plus a dirk. But one of the other less famous but deadly weapons is the Locharbor Axe . A full description of the axe is below taken from the net. There are a few places making replicas for sale , but it is something that could easily be made by your local blacksmith.  It was used in great effect in many of the battles throughout the Jacobite period with the hook being used to pull a mounted rider off a horse and the axe head doing the deadly work of bringing a horse to a stop and killing the rider.  Below is from friend Andy Stuart from the

                                           White Rose of Stuart Living History Society 


The Lochaber axe is first recorded in 1501, as an "old Scottish batale ax of Lochaber fasoun".[1]
The weapon is very similar to the Jedburgh axe, although the crescent blade of the former is larger and heavier than that of the latter.[1] The Lochaber axe took many incarnations, although all of them had a few elements in common. It was a heavy weapon, used by infantry for a defense against cavalry and as a pike against infantry. Like most other polearms of the time, it consisted of two parts: shaft and blade. The shaft was usually some five or six feet (1.5 or 1.8 m) long, and mounted with a blade of about 18 inches (45 cm) in length which usually resembled abardiche or voulge in design. The blade might be attached in two places and often had a sharp point coming off the top. In addition a hook (orcleek) was attached to the back of the blade. A butt spike was included as a counterweight to the heavy axe head. Langets were incorporated down each side of the shaft to prevent the head from being cut off.

And if you want to see one being used , my friend Kyle from Canada gives a fantastic demonstration of how to use it in the following link.  Also check out his Facebook group called

                                                           
                                  Historic Highlanders Living History Group


Check out Kyles video below