Seen as a viable “war weapon” in the late Old Kingdom Period (2686-2181 B.C.), The Battle Axe was constructed of a slender wooden handle (ranging between 2.5 to 3.5 feet long). At the top was a forged bronze Axe Head that was tapered into a 6 to 8-inch, beveled striking face. The Head was held in place by dried animal sinew. The Battle Axe was originally the standard issued weapon to Egyptian Infantry (even before Swords were used). The Battle Axe was an effective chopping and cutting tool against wooden and reed War Shields.