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The Bushcraft axe

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
(4 customer reviews)

£49.00

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. Our 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 work equally well 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.

A really sharp edge is fragile and potentially dangerous so it’s a good idea to always keep your axe covered with a sheath. We make a really great one from top quality English veg tanned leather available here.

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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. Our 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 work equally well 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.

A really sharp edge is fragile and potentially dangerous so it’s a good idea to always keep your axe covered with a sheath. We make a really great one from top quality English veg tanned leather available here.

4 reviews for The Bushcraft axe

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’ve been using this axe now for around 18 months, it’s been a constant companion on all my courses and trips into the woods.
    I’d been looking for an alternative to the gold standard that is the GB small forest axe, as I was finding the relatively short cutting edge of the Small Forest meant pushing it to those large tasks like felling required a lot more work than I’d like.
    The full curved edge of Robin’s axe is, in short, superb. It gives a great deal of bite when pressed to big jobs, the precise bevel Brian grinds into the steel is magical. Every swing brings the cutting deeply into the grain, weighted finely for balance between power and control, it makes light work of limbing and splitting firewood for wilderness camps.
    The handle, unique in my experience, is subtly ribbed to give an immense textural feedback when working the the axe. I’ve used it tool in rain and snow, during canoe trips and closer to home. Not once have I wondered if the helve will slip in my grip, you seem to know intrinsically that your axe is with you: a willing participant in the task at hand. Nor also is the textured grip at wearing when used for constant work. Hours I’ve spent carving spoons, pot hangers and all manner of camp crafts, and I’ve failed to notice any hot spots or blisters from the work.
    Robin has, in my opinion, craft a tool from decades of experience with fine materials and expertise that rivals the Masters in the field. Robin’s Axe is tough, balanced and keenly edged, a true backwoods tool and one that deserve adventure.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sharp (very), lovely balance, light enough for delicate control, heavy enough for splitting, handles unusually rough, but I like it and with use, or sanding it will settle in, after rubbing in several coats of raw linseed oil it’s already smoother, I like the way it feels as though it won’t slip out of my hand. And incredibly good value!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Purchased one of these when they went on sale.
    The quality, finish and balance are all first class.
    I waited until I had used the axe for numerous tasks; cutting limbing, making kindling etc. The axe performs well in all areas. In short a pleasure to use.
    I agree with the earlier comment regarding a mask. I made one with Ruth at Spoonfest.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    I purchased this axe, along with the Robin Wood Axe at the same time. They are both outstanding, far more so then the price would suggest. The Bushcraft Axe came with a sharper edge then the Robin Wood Axe, the blade profile also came back further which I like. The grain on the handle if very tight and straight, so far so good.
    The balance is great, much better then my Hultafors Classic Hunters Axe, the handle shape is new to me, the same style as the Robin Wood Axe, but I like it. A few coats of linseed oil should bring it out brilliantly. Splits very well, makes feather sticks with ease due to the wonderful profile on the blade. Bites nice and deep too.
    All in all a very impressive axe for a far more impressive price. The head is nice and tight, no play what so ever. The only thing that would make this better is an axe mask for it, but that would drive up the price. A small annoyance for such a wonderful axe at a smashing price. Perhaps you could look into stocking masks for them separately for those that want them, as it is I think I will have a go at knocking one up.

    • Thanks Colin, I now have masks for the carving axe and will soon be making them for the bushcraft axe. Glad you like the tools.

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