The Elegant Francisca…

As I have stated before, I have always been a big fan of throwing axes, especially those of the smaller, more versatile variety. I recently came across one of the more timeless classic throwing axe designs, I thought I’d share.


The Francisca

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Allow me to introduce the Francisca. The Francisca (sometimes also called the Francesca) throwing axe represents, in my humble opinion, one of the most elegant but functional designs that ever to grace the word of throwing axes.

Notwithstanding it’s visual simplicity, it is a weapon that has been very well engineered. The head of the Francisca has been contoured in such that it is both quite beautiful, but was designed to be an excellent throwing weapon, providing the widest possible sticking/cutting range, especially for a small, single-bladed throwing axe of it’s size. It is also designed to be the perfect weight for speed, and could easily be used as a melee weapon, while still being heavy enough to shatter an opponents wooden shield.

All in all, a very beautiful Frank design. A close look at the aesthetics of the head of a Francisca, reveals that the Francisca axe design incorporates a range of complex curves and contours that I normally see reserved for knives and mid sized swords. Quite impressive. And of course I should mention that this particular reproduction gets brownie points with me for coming in black…

Francisca Throwing Axe – [Medieval Weapon Art]

8 Responses to “The Elegant Francisca…”

  1. 1 MoZZA
    September 7, 2008 at 12:02 pm


  2. September 8, 2008 at 1:31 am

    Yep. Old school practicality in Axe design at it’s best…

  3. 3 MoZZA
    September 16, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    you really cant tell im a barbarian can ya LOL

  4. September 18, 2008 at 12:00 am

    No… You hide it very well… LOL 🙂

  5. 5 MoZZA - the urban sasquatch
    September 18, 2008 at 6:56 am

    hmmm though i really do love a god ass….WHUT?! ahem axe* LMAO!

  6. 7 ChroniclerLoki
    October 6, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    um Freud, your slip is showing. No shame in being a barbarian, as long as you remember to bring along PROPERLY designed weapons whose function isn’t ruined by its outlandish design.

  7. October 12, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    Agreed. Though there is something to be said for good aesthetics in function… Francisca here, for example, is a pretty axe… 🙂

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