The battle axe has always been an iconic medieval weapon of war. Because I am of Scandinavian descent, I am particularly interested in the Viking variant of the weapon, whose lethality is demonstrated in the video above. Still, this video demonstrates the version of the battle axe that MUST be wielded with two hands. I am more intrigued by the version that can be wielded either with one or two hands because it provides more versatility than the larger variant. For my fantasy book, I am thinking of making the Viking battle axe the weapon of choice of a major character.