A razor sharp axe that will do anything from felling small trees to splitting firewood, where it really excels is as a carving axe.
For many years there has not been a good carving axe available that came sharp and ready to use for less than £80. This axe changes things. The axe heads are drop forged abroad then ground and honed by Brian Alcock, the last professional grinder in Sheffield. We have the hickory axe handles made in the UK to our design. They have a knurled finish for grip and are treated with linseed oil. They also make a great axe for kindling splitting, bushcraft or camp use.
The weight of the head is 550g and the total weight 760g (1lb 11oz), handle length is 12.5″ (31cm). This is a good mid-weight carving axe that most people will use easily without getting tired, yet still heavy enough to remove wood quickly.
A sharp axe will only stay sharp if the edge is protected, we offer a great leather sheath for the job.
Here is a short film we made of Brian grinding the axes
The carving axes come sharp and ready to use but eventually you will need to sharpen it yourself. This video shows the method we use.
This video shows the axe compared to two commonly used axes by Gransfors Bruks and also shows it in use carving a spoon blank. NB we have slightly changed the handle design since this film was made. The axes have proved extremely popular with many folk preferring them to much more expensive axes, have a look at some of the comments below.