Oops, a big hello and some Polish axeheads

Looks like I managed to post a non-oprishki type post here last time around. not sure how i managed that but I did:/


According to wordpress, the Oprishki blog has been blowing up with hit the last few days. Why is that? If you are one of the new viewers, drop me a note and let me know why you are here, just curious.

Lastly, I found the following illustration via google. I have no other info about it and have never heard of a rabanica…so any of my Polish readers could do me a huge favor and fill me in.



An update


It has been well over a year since my last post. Does that mean I have given up? No, just got busy with life things ands let this site slide. I ams till an active axe man:) Here are two of my latest finds on ebay:

A nice small brass fokos head.

553155_10200865734190174_1160632348_nA real nice Hutsul topirets.


Аркан – Arkan – heroic warriors dance of Ukrainian hutsuls (instrumental)


Not a dance video despite the name…there are some interesting images shown under the song. The knife is particularly interesting.

1844 Description of the “mountaineers” in the Carpathians.

“The mountaineers here are called Huzzulen as in Bukovina. We found two of them sitting by the fire at the inn, leaning upon their hatchets. They told us that they were never without their hatchets, that they travelled with them, danced with them, and wore them as a part of their Sunday finery. They went to church with their hatchets, but did not take them into the church. They hung them upon wooden posts outside, from which each on coming out took down his own again.”

Taken from Austria: Vienna, Prague, Hungary, Bohemia, and the Danube; Galicia, Styria, Moravia, Bukovina, and the Military Frontier by Johann Georg Kohl 1844

Mountain Axe at ISMAC XI 2011

Wow, I have really neglected this site for the last year or so haven’t I? Like anyone is reading:)

So here is an update…while I may have let the site slack a bit I have been keeping up with my axe work and was lucky enough to present a class on the subject at the most recent ISMAC event.

Turnout for the whole event was way down this year so it may come as no surprise that the axe class was not well attended. This did allow me to go over almost everything I knew to the small class who grabbed most of the concepts right up. We stuck with the single handed grip and more northern expression of the mountain axe and only touched on the Hungarian method lightly. The small class size also allowed us to do some controlled bouting with the axe trainers.


Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians

Cold steel to sokyra update

I did a little more work on my converted Cold Steel Norse tomahawk…it felt nice but was just a bit too heavy so I worked on grinding the head into a lighter more historically accurate shape.

After a few hours of constant grinding and quenching , I can honestly say I am overjoyed at the results. I ground off roughly 1/4 of the blade and really trimmed down the haft quite a bit. The result is a very nice mountain type axe that can be used one handed with very little strain.

Unfortunately my camera took a crapper and is refusing to upload pics to the computer so I had to take a picture with my camera. As soon as i get my camera working right I will update with a better picture.