In March 2016, the Langeid Broadaxe was recreated using the forging techniques that were on hand at the time of the Vikings. The replica was produced from scratch, from bog iron blooms.
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The journey from bog iron to finished axe is presented here in a number of short articles, each focusing on one of the many part processes. The work involved refining the raw iron, producing hardenable steel for the cutting edge, and forging the actual axe head. Finally, the axe was hafted with a brass haft banding and tested on a leg of pork. The making of the axe gave us numerous challenges, some surprises and much new knowledge. The blacksmiths were Vegard Vike and Anders Helseth Nilsson.