Unenchanted steel war axes will begin to appear throughout Skyrim at level 2 and enchanted ones can be found at level 3. These locations include:
- Blacksmiths and general goods merchants.
- Wielded by various characters and enemies (bandits in and around Embershard Mine may also drop one at level 1).
- Found as random loot in chests, or as a world item throughout Skyrim.
It can be upgraded with a steel ingot at a grindstone and also benefits from the Steel Smithing perk, which doubles the improvement.