Axes of this type and size are pictured in numerous 15th century paintings and tapestries. They were the primary weapon of foot soldiers in leather armor, which enabled them to effectively attack an adversary in full plate armor, which was fully evolved at that time. The crescent form head is clearly influenced by the Ottoman model. As axes were an economical way to arm a soldier, they were produced in fairly large numbers, however surviving examples are very rare as nearly all were reused as tools in their later lives and consumed.

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