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The Miner’s Axe

The forge in Sweden is home to a small axe museum with over 2,000 unique axes. Carefully curated throughout the years, it’s a unique sight for forge visitors. Since travelling to the museum may not be in your plans, we thought we would share some photos with our US enthusiasts.

The Miner’s Axe developed out of the type of axe used by miners in Central Europe since the Middle Ages when out looking for ore, primarily copper and silver ore. By tapping on rocks with their axes, miners could hear the sounds created by different ores. Over time, the miner’s axe became a status symbol and a symbol of the mining profession.

This axe design was possibly brought to Sweden by German miners working in the Falu mine back in the 14th century, but it became more widespread during the 17th century. Miner’s axes generally have highly elegant engraving on the axe head.

This replica is forged by Blacksmith Fredrik Thelin.