The Cold Steel Viking Battle Axe is intended to be used as a stand-alone weapon, but it can be paired effectively with a sword, shield, or long sax. It's a cutting, chopping, stabbing dynamo that any Viking worth his salt would envy. It's drop forged and features a wide curved cutting edge that terminates in horns or "points" on the ends. This means you can stab, parry, or hook shields or "limbs" with ease. Like the Viking Great Axe, it comes with a premium 30-inch long American Hickory handle which is long enough to accommodate two-handed use!