The francisca was a light-weight throwing axe more consistently associated with the Franks though its use expanded to that of the Germanic Tribes and beyond. In essence, the little axe was used as both a psychological weapon as much as a physical one that, when thrown, the axe had a tendency to ricochet off of the ground in any random direction. The axe served many purposes as well as it could be used to chop at enemy appendages, shatter a wooden shield or cut wood for fires when needed. For the Franks, their francisca became a national symbol and is still most closely related to their use than any other group. The weapon garnered the name francisca (or "francesca") by how the Spanish called it in reference to the Franks using the axe weapon.
The francisca is most identified by the curved axe head made of iron, pointed at top and bottom and broader at the blade than the weighted back end. From a top-down view, the bladed portion was of the tear-drop shape similar in most respects to the construction practices as utilized by the Viking groups. Overall, the axe was designed to be thick and mounted on the to-most end of the handle and sharp in ever regard and featured a short wooden handle.