Unlike Astrid's current axe, her old axe used to have a pretty standard and common design.
The blades of the head already looked worn and rusty in the first movie, which insinuates that this axe has had a fair amount of use. There seems to be leather twirled around the haft for a good grip.
Shortly after Astrid's introduction, she is seen sitting in the background holding her axe. She uses it on several occasions throughout the movie.
Astrid's old axe also makes several appearances in DreamWorks Dragons: The Series. The head of the axe seems to be much more refined and polished in newer seasons.
- In a deleted scene which was cut from the first movie because of the length, it is hinted that Astrid's old axe belongs to her mother.
- During the "Fright of Passage" flashback, a five year old Astrid is seen carrying around a very similar looking axe.
- Astrid sleeps with her axe under her pillow.
- Astrid had allowed Heather to borrow her axe in "Not Lout".