The Bushcraft axe
The bushcraft axe is a great all round axe for general work cutting, chopping, carving , splitting. Heavy enough to do the job but light enough to carry. Total weight is 1000g and handle length is 19″. We give this axe a fine convex grind ideal for felling, cross cutting, splitting firewood and general use. They are ground by Brian Alcock, the last full time independent grinder in Sheffield with 50 years experience then honed to a razor edge.
For years Ray Mears recommended the Gransfors bruks small forest axe for bushcraft use, now he recommends the heavier wilderness axe. My bushcraft axe falls between the two, slightly heavier than the Small forest axe but lighter and easier to carry than the wilderness axe. These axes are similar high carbon steel drop forged and hardened to 57 rockwell so they take and hold a keen edge. They are the perfect companion for a camping or canoeing trip but equally at home around the garden or by the woodpile.
The handles are turned from top quality hickory and left with a textured cut finish rather than sanded smooth, we have to change the cutters regularly to achieve this clean cut finish but it results in a handle that will never slip out of your hand. They are oiled with linseed oil grown by Durwin Banks in West Sussex.
The sheath for the smaller axes does not fit these. We are currently making prototypes and we hope to have sheaths for the axe on the website by March.