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An axe is as old as it is versatile: we certainly don’t call for trying to shave with it, but on the countryside and while hiking a good axe is indispensable (except that in areas where there is little wood and many bushes, a machete or kukri of 12 inches would be more useful). With the advent of the dacha season the topic becomes especially relevant, so today we will talk about the best axes.

Naturally, the requirements to axes are different in different cases, so even a universal tool inevitably gave its subspecies. There is no sense to bring an axe for chopping firewood. It is useless there, and its weight and dimensions are, to put it mildly, unsuitable for hiking. Actually, even before the term tourist axe appeared there were taiga axes that are light and compact, but quite suitable for felling small trees, making fuel for a fire. A carpenter needs an axe with a different sharpening (sharp, almost straight blade) and a handle that allows to grasp it under the axe for accuracy, not a big swing of plus or minus centimeters. For chopping already taken logs not only the chopper can be useful but also an axe-sledgehammer to hammer wedges or to wield a wood splitter if you do not have an electric one

There are a lot of good axe makers and a lot of good models. That’s why today we decided to talk about manufacturers in general. And you can choose the right model for any situation you need.

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Husqvarna announces the launch of new axe models in Russia

New line of Husqvarna axes with plastic hatchet has appeared on Russian market. Featuring an ultra-durable joint between the head and axe handle, the new axes are suitable for professionals and hobbyists alike.

Husqvarna company presents a new series of unique axes with plastic handles. The new line will add to the range already sold on the Russian market. In particular, users can now choose between branded axes with a plastic or wooden handle. New axes meet all requirements for power, durability and convenience, and are ideal not only for working in the countryside, but also in the woods.

Husqvarna Axes Overview

I should say right away that I do not understand axes very well so I can write a stupid or trivial, but I will try not to do this.

Under the curtain you will see a review of two axes from Husky.

The reason for my buying an axe from this company was mainly the price t.к. these are the cheapest Swedish axes on the market. I want to start my review with the hatchet. my main reason for buying a hatchet was price. although people say that the quality of cleavers has dropped significantly, I took a chance and in my opinion I did not miss a chance.

I will start my review with the Husqvarna Hatchet touring axe.

Dimensions: length 370mm. weight: 700g. price: 1500 rubles.

The iron looks like this. The blade is branded and informed that the axe is hand forged. By the way, the emblem shows a barrel with a fly t.к. The company started as a weapon company. Its sharpening is not very good, but it cuts through paper pretty good.

Synopsis:. the lens. By the way in this photo the main fault of the axe. wrongly driven metal wedge.

Case. not so good. The handle is made of American walnut.

In operation the axe has proven very decent, chops perfectly for its size.

to cut the shavings for the kindling. easy.

after the test the handle was sanded and coated with stain.

In summary: an excellent axe for hiking in the Bushcraft style. And here is a universal set for this very Bushcraft.

The second one we have is the Husqvarna Forest Axe

Dimensions: length 680 mm. weight: 850 g. price: 2500 p.

Note the difference in the shape of the heads. The forest axe has pronounced “ears”.

With this axe you can already chop with two hands.

In general, I would characterize this axe as a camp axe. It is ideal for camping, rafting or for providing firewood during a long camping trip, but it is not an easy going option of course.

These axes can be quite recommended to inexperienced users, I really liked them.

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I will say right away that I do not understand axes very well so I can write a stupid or trivial, although I will try not to do this.

Below you can see a review of two axes from Husky.

The reason for buying an axe from this company was mainly the price t.к. they are the cheapest Swedish axes on the market. I will start my review with Husqvarna Hatchet. Although people write that the quality of Husqvarna has dropped significantly, I took a chance and in my opinion it was not a mistake.

I will start my review with a tourist axe Husqvarna Hatchet.

Dimensions:length 370mm.weight: 700g.price: 1500 p.

The iron looks like this.There is a branding on the blade, and information that the axe is forged by hand. By the way, the emblem shows the barrel with the front sight.к. the company started out as a gunsmith.sharpening is lame, but the paper axe cuts through the paper cheerfully.

Reduction. the lens. By the way in this photo is the main fault of the axe. A metal wedge is hammered in crookedly.

Case. not flashy. The handle is made of American walnut.

In operation the axe has proved very decent, chops perfectly for its size.

Wood chips for kindling. easily.

After the test the handle was sanded and coated with a stain.

In summary: a great hatchet for bushcraft hiking.

And here is a universal set for this very Bushcraft.

The second one we have is Husqvarna Forest Axe

Dimensions: length 680 mm.weight: 850 g.price: 2500 p.

Note the difference in the shape of the heads. The wood axe has pronounced “ears.

With this axe you can already chop with two hands.

In general, I would characterize this axe as a camp axe. It will be good for country houses, rafting or for long stays with firewood, but not as easy walking version, of course.

These axes can be recommended to inexperienced users, I like them very much.

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Axe. How much is in that word! This is an opportunity to chop firewood for warmth and cooking, build a temporary shelter, chop meat and bones of wild animals, with one blow to open a can of stew, to whittle a new axe. There are not many people to whom it saves, ennobles, and enriches their lives. In the city a man with an axe is source of surprise, but in the woods only of respect axe (axe, hatchet). the basic tool of the carpenter, reliable assistant of the tourist and the hunter, the traveler in a wood zone, the ancient invention of the man. Logs can be sawn with a saw, but logs are better chopped with an axe (cleaver). Let’s talk about the world manufacturers of axes and today.

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Briefly about the components of any axe:1. The blade (the “head” or “head”) is the axe’s main component. The quality of metal, form, geometry, weight of the blade and the length of its edge determine for what kind of work an axe preferably use. The main difference between a universal axe and a cleaver is the geometry of the blade. The cleaver axe has a unique chopping edge that easily cuts into the wood, and the wide wedge of the blade makes it easy to pull the cleaver out of a log. The axe blade is almost always curved. The blade is curved not only to prevent tearing out and damaging the wood when the axe hits too hard, when the wood tissue splits, but also to more easily separate the fibers when the blade gradually enters the wood. Usually, but not always, the blade is sharpened at equal angles. The axe blade should absorb recoil as much as possible and all the summed up energy of the axe’s force and mass should be used to its fullest potential. The main. Find the right size axe. by weight axes come in 0.5 to 3.5 kg.The main question is. what and how these blades are made of? Part of the answer can be seen in the first part of this video.

Also from the video you can make a small but important conclusion. A quality axe blade can only be forged and it can only be done by a person.

Axe (handle, shaft)The numerous opinions on the choice of the correct material for the axe-bar seem never to stop on the specialized forums, but it can be stated that the handles are made mainly from ash, hickory, birch, jatoba, elm, bird cherry and composite materials. The wood of the blanks must be well dried and properly sawn, and the plastic must be frost-resistant and impact-resistant. For density, hardness and durability ash wood is close to oak, but quite elastic. Hickory (wild American walnut) is widely used to make not only axe handles, but also hammers, picks and other tools in North America. Hickory wood is strong, resilient and quite durable. The most widespread in Russia are the axes made of birch, though its wood is hardly the best variant. Any wood axe should be well sanded and coated with a special lacquer or oil (for example BALSIN Stock Oil, tung oil) to keep it in service longer and not to absorb moisture. The curvature of the shape and length of the hatchet contrasts sharply with the straight handle of the sledgehammer and depends on the purpose for which the axe is to be used. Very often the hatchet ends with a “mushroom” shaped reinforcement that fixes the hand. Such an axe handle is indispensable in cold and rain when wearing gloves or mittens. The handle of an American axe for wood chopping is very long and strongly curved. I am more interested in the handle of an axe for tourism.

wedgeThere are axes (Helko for example), that have the blade on the end of the handle (backward point) and they do not need a wedge. The disadvantage of this method is that the handle will always be slightly smaller than the size of the “ear” of the blade, and therefore not always comfortable to grip. That’s why usually one of the wedge types is used: wooden, metal, plastic or a combination of the two. Sooner or later, under the influence of shock loads, the wedge can fly out, and then you have to put another one. If the wedge is seated on epoxy, it’s a little more difficult to replace in the event of axe breakage. The wooden wedge is usually made of the same wood as the axe itself, but there can be variations. In my opinion, a metal wedge in the shape of a cylinder fixes the blade better when used in combination with a wooden one. Soak in water before use. only a temporary solution to the problem.

CoverIn order to protect yourself and your belongings from the sharpened blade of the axe during transportation, many manufacturers provide their products with leather or plastic covers of various designs. Leather is more pleasant and conservative for that purpose, but in my memory there was a case when the axe was used right in the cover and then everybody was wondering where the rivets went. Plastic case is more practical because it does not get wet and does not spoil. But it also does not “match” well with wood, even visually. The right carrying case allows you to carry the axe directly on your belt, because it is always on hand and will not get lost on its own.

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In the photo below. a small Swedish axe Hultafors Trekking total weight 800 g, length 39 cm and a price of 4.3 thousand. rubles (for 29.05.2009). The hatchet has a hole for a knob, but I have a bright orange ribbon tied into it to make it easy to find in the grass or snow. In my work I often use this axe: to chop a branch on a tree or bush on a fixed point, to cut down a young fir-tree for a stake, to chop a picket fence. My axe. It is always in your backpack or on your belt. Light, sharp, tested in work.

So, what axes are produced in the world??

Gransfors Bruks (in Russia)The fellows at Gransfors Bruks have been producing axes since 1902. Among the Swedish axes Gransfors Bruks is known for the most stable high quality level of their products and their price is even higher than the price of their competitors. Each axe is forged by hand and if the smith likes the product, he releases it to the public, leaving a personal (!) branding, thereby bearing moral responsibility for the quality of the product. The manufacturer guarantees that the axe will serve you faithfully for at least two decades if you follow the simple rules of operation and sharpening.All products of this famous brand are presented in the following series:1. Forest models: Small Hatchet, Hand Hatchet, Wildlife Hatchet, Outdoor Axe, Hunter’s Axe, Small Forest Axe, Scandinavian Forest Axe, American Felling Axe.2. Splitting Models: Splitting Hatchet, Small Splitting Axe, Large Splitting Axe, Splitting Maul, Splitting Wedge.3. Log-building and Carpentry Tools: Small/Large Carving Hatchet, Large Carving Axe, Carpenter’s Axe, Small/Large Straight Adze, Small/Large Gutter Adze, Broad Axe (model 1900, 1800, 1700), Mortise Axe, Swedish Drawknife.4. Double Bit Axes.5. Ancient Axes.

Hultafors (in Russia)The history of the Swedish company Hultafors began in 1883 when the young engineer Carl-Hilmer Johansson Kolen began to make a folding measuring tool, which was very relevant at the time of Sweden’s transition to the metric system of measurement. Until 1970, Hultafors produced mostly traditional working measuring tools. In 1990, Hultafors buys Tors Hammare and expands its range with axes, hammers, sledgehammers, tire iron. The Hultafors line of axes includes all types of axes: carpenters, cleavers, axes for woodcutters, throwing axes, hunting and touring axes. All axes are made according to the old traditions and differ from competitors by quality Swedish special steel, forging, hardening, tapping and wedging. The handles are traditionally made of hickory wood. Today we offer 16 axes from 0,5 kg (Trekking Axe Mini) to 2,5 kg (Splitting Axe SLY). All axes are sold with leather covers.

Hults BrukHults Bruk. One of the oldest (since 1697) producers of axes for Swedish Armed Forces and civilian use. They offer 13 axe models with hickory wood handles and forged Solid Swedish steel blades: Tarnaby Hatchet (blade weight. 0.6 kg), Salen Hatchet (0.8 kg), Torneo Felling Axe (0.8 kg), Kalix Felling Axe (1.0 kg), Atran Felling Axe (1.6 kg), Gran Splitting Axe (0.9 kg), Bjork Splitting Axe (1.6 kg), Jonaker Hatchet (0, 45 kg), Almike Hatchet (0,8 kg), Aneby Hatchet (0,8 kg), Kisa Felling Axe (0,8 kg), Tibro Carpenter Axe (0,8 kg), Motala Double Bit Axe (1,7 kg) from 89 to 379.The axes are sold in the online store at Campsaver, but are not shipped to

The company is known as the largest manufacturer of petrol saws, lawnmowers and garden equipment, as well as tools for cutting stone and for the construction industry. Axes are divided into two groups: with wooden handles (Limbing Axe, Hatchet, Sledge axe, Small and Large Splitting Axe) and composite handles (versatile H900, A1400, A2400, S1600 and S2800 axes). Only 10 models made in Sweden. Interesting and affordable manufacturer. Hatchet and Forest Axe reviews are available here and here. Whoever owns a chainsaw of this brand should also have an axe 😉

WetterlingsA Swedish axe maker with a long history and a “good” price. In the spring of 1882, engineer Otto Wetterling stepped off the train at Storvik station. For several years he studied the axe making process in the USA. Today, Wetterlings, a company of 10 people, makes versatile axes for hunting and carpentry, heavier axes for chopping trees and logs. The steel is supplied by the Swedish company Ovako, which is Europe’s leading producer of long products. Wetterling buys steel rods in five different sizes. Steel from 100% recycled scrap metal. Total of 14 axes and cleavers available: Hudson Bay, Compact Hatchet, Scout Hatchet, Wilderness Hatchet, Hunter’s Hatchet, Outdoor Axe, Bushman Axe by Les Stroud, Scandinavian Forest Axe, American Forest Axe, Splitting Hatchet and Splitting Axe, Splitting Maul, Broad Axe.Unfortunately, there were complaints about the quality of the axe steel. one and two. You can buy here and here. Warranty. 20 years.

FiskarsFiskars was founded in 1649 and is one of Finland’s oldest industrial companies. The Fiskars Xseries line of axes includes versatile axes for woodworking and carpentry, hiking axes, and cleaver axes for chopping logs of different sizes. Axe is made of strong and light FiberComp material (fiberglass-reinforced polyamide) that resists wear, moisture and temperature changes. SoftGrip rubber coating of the handle makes the axe easy to see and does not slip in the hand. Blades are pressed into the hatchet, so they are firmly fixed and the blade will never come off. The forged steel blades of all Fiskars axes are of exceptional quality. All Fiskars axes come with a case with a reliable lock that can be easily opened and allows to take out the tool at any time. Double-hardened, precision-ground edges make the blade tough, and PTFE coating protects against corrosion and reduces friction by 25%. Some of the most affordable axes you can buy even when you go out for a loaf 🙂 The axe line includes the following models: X5, X7, X10, X11, X17, X21, X25 and X27

S. Djarv Hantverk ABC The Svante Djarv family business from Sweden produces axes and hand tools for woodworking. A very ascetic site, but these tools are appreciated by professional wood carvers and carpenters, restorers. There are 5 models of axes for carving (weight from 0.4 to 1.5 kg), 4 axes for chopping (0.7-2.4 kg), as well as models of Backpack axe, Narrow axe, Flat adze, Little VIKING axe.Rare axes in our countryside.

HelkoThe German company Helko has been producing interestingly designed axes since 1844. North America has its own division. Helko North America.Helko axes are interesting first of all because of their innovative design: 6 axes of the TOMAHAWK series (weight 0.7-2.3 kg) have a fiberglass handle and blades fixed to it with two screws; axes of the VARIO 2000 series have a wooden axe, but their blades are also fixed with screws; The exclusive Top Line has a metal cover around the blade that is held in place by a self-tapping screw on the side; the Classic Line (polished blade, weight 0.7-3.0 Kg) and Traditional Line (0.6-2.8 Kg) axes have a hickory handle and a German C45 steel blade. And that’s not all! Overall and more. worthy manufacturer.

Victor AxeToolThe Victor AxeTool company was founded in 2011 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. Today the company offers a good selection of axes (11 models), axes to them, care products and accessories. All axes are made of hickory and 5160 alloy steel (manufactured by Council) and cost from 110 to 180. What do you think of the axe on the far right, and? ))

CondorCONDOR TOOL KNIFE dates back to 1787, when GEBR WEYESBERG COMPANY was founded in Solingen, Germany. Today under this brand name are produced knives for hunters and fishermen, axes, machetes, various throwing weapons. Country of origin. Salvador, hmm.They do not have many axes. Single-blade models: SWEDISH PATTERN AXE, WOODWORKER AXE, MICHIGAN PATTERN AXE and GS SPLITING AXE GERMAN STYLE with 1060 HIGH CARBON steel blades; double-blade models: CHOPPING SPLITTING CRUISER AXE, THUNDER BAY DOUBLE BIT CRUISER AXE (440C STAINLESS STEEL), DOUBLE BIT MICHIGAN AXE. You can buy in many foreign online stores or in the Russian Tojiro.ru

MarblesAmerican brand manufacturer of axes, knives, compasses, founded by Webster L. Marble in 1892 in Michigan. Some axe models have an interesting blade protection (and from the blade) built into the hatchet. Axe blades made of 1045 carbon steel. You can buy Marbles axes at the Smkw online store.com: Double Bit Hatchet for 20, Camp Axe for 25, Single Bit Hatchet for 17, Safety Axe. Cosmetic Second for 20, Limited Edition #5 Belt Axe for 18 and others.But then again, everything is not made in the U.S., but in El Salvador and China.

GarantCanadian company Garant was founded in 1895 as a small family business making forged tools.Today, Garant offers 19 models of axes in three series:1. Pro Series: Axe canadian (1.0 kg), Carpenter Axe (1.0 kg), Chain saw axe (0.8 kg), Axe (1.36 and 1.6 kg), Hatchet Total Control (0.6, 1.0 and 1.6 kg). Convenient and beautiful.2. GARANT: Hatchet (0.6 and 0.7 kg) with hickory axe handle, Canadian axe (1.0 kg), Hatchet hunting (0.7 kg) and Michigan axe (1.6 kg) with Thermo Plastic Rubber handle.3. ECONO: Hatchet (0,6 kg) and Axe (1,0 and 1,6 kg) with fiberglass handle; Axe (1,0 and 1,6 kg) with hickory handle.

Council ToolAmerican manufacturer of axes and tools. Council Tools. Founded in 1886 as a family business. Today it has evolved to offer the following axe models: Dayton Pattern (14 models), Jersey Axe (6 models), Double Bit (3 models), Hudson Bay Axe (2 models), Pick Heads (4 models), Pulaski Axes (3 models), Velvicut Axes, Broad Hatchet, ApocalAxe and also a line of Velvicut Premium Axes, made entirely in USA from 5160 alloy steel.

Best Made CompanyThe Best Made Company of America was founded by Peter Buchanan-Smith in 2009 in New York City. Today it offers clothing, home goods, bags, axes, and other tools. A little dignity, quality and gloss. And the product went “to the masses”.American Felling Axe (1.8 kg) and Hudson Bay Axe (0.9 kg) models with different handle designs (18 colors) and 5160 alloy steel blades, Straight-Hold Hatchet (0.6 kg) 1060 alloy steel. New for 2015. Japanese Axes (models Bakin, Jigata, Warikomi) by Mizuno-san made of Japanese steel S45C and oak hatchet. Hiking axe Swedish Camp Axe are made in Sweden by Wetterlings.

John Neeman ToolsLatvian manufacturer of exquisite but terribly expensive woodworking tools (axes, knives), bows and leather goods. Axes (340-730) are only available by pre-order for 6-12 months. The blades are made of “laminate” in which the cutting edge is made of high-carbon L6 alloy tool steel, and the handles are made of local elm. There are 19 models of axes and cleavers in the catalog, including.ч. medieval replicas.

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Quenching

The next heat treatment operation is hardening. As I said before, the U7 steel is hardened at 800-830 degrees Celsius. You can heat the axe over a fire, in a stove, or in a brick oven. Once the metal is no longer magnetic, we wait a few more minutes, and then proceed to hardening. Quenching is carried out in two mediums. The first medium is water, heated to 30 degrees. The second is oil. We dip the axe blade 3-4 centimeters into the water. Move vigorously so that the steam cushion does not interfere with cooling. Time spent in water. about 3 seconds. Then dip the axe completely in oil. Since oil can catch fire, keep a piece of thick cloth on hand. In order to close the bucket in case of fire and stop the access of oxygen for combustion. We control the hardness of steel after hardening.

The hardened blade was very hard and therefore brittle. Therefore, by tempering it will need to be made softer and more malleable. In order to see well the colors of whiteness during and after tempering, we grind the axe with a wire wheel. Here is what we have in the end.

Review of the World Axe Manufacturers by Stepan Durnev.

Axe. How much is in this word! It is an opportunity to chop wood for warmth and cooking, to build a temporary shelter, to chop meat and bones of wild animals, to open a can of stew with one blow, to grind a new axe. There are not so many people to whom it saves a life, and also ennobles and enriches it. In the city a man with an axe is astonishing, but in the woods only respected. Axe (axe, hatchet). the basic tool of a carpenter, a reliable assistant of a tourist and hunter, a traveler in the forest zone, an ancient human invention. Logs can be sawn with a saw, but logs are better chopped with an axe (cleaver). Let’s talk about world axe and axe makers today.

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A brief talk about the parts of any axe:1. The blade is the axe’s most important part. The metal quality, shape, geometry, weight of the blade and the length of its edge determine what kind of work this axe is for preferably use. The main difference between a universal axe and a cleaver is the geometry of the blade. The cleaver axe has a unique chopping edge that easily cuts into the wood, and thanks to the wide wedge of the blade, the cleaver has no problem pulling out of the log. The axe blade is almost always curved. The blade is curved not only to prevent the wood from being torn out and damaged when hitting too hard with the axe, when wood tissues are split, but also to separate the fibers more easily as the blade gradually penetrates the wood. Usually, but not always, the blade is sharpened at equal angles. The axe blade should absorb recoil as much as possible, and all the summed energy of the axe’s force and mass should be fully utilized. The main thing. choose the right size axe. by weight the axes come in the range of 0.5 to 3.5 kilograms.The basic question is. what and how are these blades made of? Part of the answer can be seen in the first part of this video.

You can also draw a small but important conclusion from the video. A quality axe blade can only be forged and this can only be done by a man.

The numerous opinions on the choice of the correct material for the axe-blade seem to never stop on the specialized forums, however we can state that the handles are mostly made of ash wood, hickory, birch, jatoba, elm, bird cherry and composite materials. The wood should be well dried and properly sawn, and the plastic should be frost-resistant and shock-resistant. Ash approximates oak in density, hardness and durability, but is quite resilient. Hickory (wild American walnut) is widely used to make not only axe handles, but also hammers, picks and other tools in North America. Hickory wood is strong, resilient and quite durable. The most widespread axeblades in Russia are made of birch wood, though its wood is hardly the best variant. All types of axes are well sanded and coated with a special lacquer or oil (for example, BALSIN Stock Oil, tung oil) to make them serve longer and not to absorb moisture. The curvature of the shape and length of the hatchet contrasts sharply with the straight handle of the sledgehammer and depends on the purpose for which the axe will be used. Very often the axe ends with a hand-holding thickening in the form of a “mushroom”. Such an axe is indispensable in cold and rain when wearing gloves or mittens. The handle of an American tree axe is very long and strongly curved. I am more interested in the handle of an axe for tourism.

wedgeSome axes (for example Helko’s) have a blade that is mounted at the end of the handle (backward tip) and they do not need a wedge. The disadvantage of this method is that the handle will always be slightly smaller than the blade’s “ear” size, and therefore not always comfortable to grip. That’s why usually one of the wedge types is used: wooden, metal, plastic or a combination of the two. Sooner or later, under the action of shock loads, the wedge can fly out, and then you have to put another one. if the wedge is mounted on epoxy resin, it will be a bit more difficult to replace it in case of axe breakage. The wooden wedge is usually made of the same wood as the axe itself, but there can be variations. In my opinion, a metal wedge in the form of a cylinder fixes the blade better if used in conjunction with a wooden blade. Soak in water before using. only a temporary solution to the problem.

CoverIn order to protect yourself and your belongings from the sharpened blade of the axe during transportation, many manufacturers provide their products with leather or plastic covers of different designs. Leather is more pleasant and conservative for this purpose, but in my memory there was a case, when the axe was used right in the bag, and then everybody was wondering where the rivets went. A plastic cover is more practical because it does not get wet and does not deteriorate. But it also does not “match” well with the wood, even visually. The right pouch allows you to carry the axe directly on your belt, because it is always on hand and will not get lost on its own.

Pictured below. a small Swedish axe Hultafors Trekking with total weight of 800 gr, length 39 cm and a price of 4.3 thousand. rubles (as of 29.05.2009). The axe has a hole for a knot, but I have a bright orange ribbon tied into it to make it easy to find in the grass or snow. I often use this axe in my work: to chop some tree branches or bushes on a standing point, to chop a young fir-tree for a stake, to chop some picket fence. My Axe. Always in your backpack or on your belt. Light, sharp, field-proven.

And so, what are the manufacturers of axes in the world?

Gransfors Bruks (in Russia)Gransfors Bruks have been manufacturing axes since 1902. Among the Swedish axes, it is Gransfors Bruks that is famous for its consistently high quality level, and the price of its products is higher than the competition. Each axe is forged by hand, and if the smith likes the product, he releases it into the world, leaving a personal (!) branding, thereby bearing moral responsibility for the quality of the product. The manufacturer guarantees that the axe will serve you with good faith and fidelity for at least two decades if you follow the simple rules of operation and sharpening.All products of this famous brand are available in the following series:1. Forest models: Small Hatchet, Hand Hatchet, Wildlife Hatchet, Outdoor Axe, Hunter’s Axe, Small Forest Axe, Scandinavian Forest Axe, American Felling Axe.2. Splitting Models: Splitting Hatchet, Small Splitting Axe, Large Splitting Axe, Splitting Maul, Splitting Wedge.3. Log-building and Carpentry Tools: Small/Large Carving Hatchet, Large Carving Axe, Carpenter’s Axe, Small/Large Straight Adze, Small/Large Gutter Adze, Broad Axe (model 1900, 1800, 1700), Mortise Axe, Swedish Drawknife.4. Double Bit Axes.5. Ancient Axes.

Hultafors (in Russia)The history of the Swedish company Hultafors began in 1883 when the young engineer Carl-Hilmer Johansson Kolen began to make folding measuring tools which were very actual during the time when Sweden switched to the metric system of measurement. Until 1970 Hultafors produced mostly traditional working and measuring tools. In 1990, Hultafors buys Tors Hammare and expands its range with axes, hammers, sledgehammers, tire iron. Hultafors axes are available in all varieties: carpentry axes, cleavers, axes for woodcutters, throwing axes, hunting axes and touring axes. All axes are made in the old tradition and differ from the competitors with quality Swedish special steel, forging, hardening, tapping and wedging. Handles are traditionally made of hickory wood. Today there are 16 axe models in the range from 0,5 kg (Trekking Axe Mini) to 2,5 kg (Splitting Axe SLY). All axes are sold with branded leather cases.

Hults BrukHults Bruk. one of the oldest (since 1697) manufacturers of axes for the Swedish armed forces and civilian use. They offer 13 axe models with handles of hickory wood and forged blades of Solid Swedish steel: Tarnaby Hatchet (blade weight of forged blade is 0.5 kg). 0.6 kg), Salen Hatchet (0.8 kg), Torneo Felling Axe (0.8 kg), Kalix Felling Axe (1.0 kg), Atran Felling Axe (1.6 kg), Gran Splitting Axe (0.9 kg), Bjork Splitting Axe (1.6 kg), Jonaker Hatchet (0, 45 kg), Almike Hatchet (0.8 kg), Aneby Hatchet (0.8 kg), Kisa Felling Axe (0.8 kg), Tibro Carpenter Axe (0.8 kg), Motala Double Bit Axe (1.7 kg) worth from 89 to 379.The axes are sold in the online store, Campsaver, but are not shipped to

HusqvarnaThe company is known as the largest manufacturer of gasoline saws, lawn mowers and garden equipment, as well as tools for cutting stone and for the construction industry. All axes produced are divided into two groups: with wooden handles (Limbing Axe, Hatchet, Sledge axe, Small and Large Splitting Axe) and composite handles (versatile H900, A1400, A2400, S1600 and S2800 axes). Only 10 models made in Sweden. Interesting and affordable to the manufacturer. Hatchet and Forest Axe reviews are available here and here. If you have a chainsaw of this brand, you should also have an axe 😉

WetterlingsSwedish axe maker with a long history and “good” prices. In the spring of 1882, engineer Otto Wetterling stepped off the train at Storvik station. He spent several years studying the axe-making process in the U.S. Today the Wetterlings, a company of 10 people, makes versatile axes for hunting and carpentry, heavier axes for chopping wood and logs. The steel is supplied by the Swedish company Ovako, which is Europe’s leading producer of long products. Wetterling buys steel rods in five different sizes. Steel made from 100% recycled scrap metal. A total of 14 models of axes and cleavers available: Hudson Bay, Compact Hatchet, Scout Hatchet, Wilderness Hatchet, Hunter’s Hatchet, Outdoor Axe, Bushman Axe by Les Stroud, Scandinavian Forest Axe, American Forest Axe, Splitting Hatchet and Splitting Axe, Splitting Maul, Broad Axe.Unfortunately, there were some complaints about the steel quality of the axes. one and two. Buy it here. Guarantee. 20 years.

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FiskarsThe Fiskars Company was founded in 1649 and is one of the oldest industrial companies in Finland. The Fiskars Xseries line of axes includes versatile woodworking and carpentry axes, hiking axes, and cleaver axes for cutting logs of various sizes. The axe is made of strong and lightweight FiberComp (fiberglass-reinforced polyamide), which resists wear, moisture and temperature changes. Rubberized SoftGrip coating makes the axe easy to see and does not slip in your hand. The bald point is pressed into the axe limb to ensure that it is firmly seated and the blade will never come off. The forged steel blades of all Fiskars axes are forged of exceptional quality. All Fiskars axes come with a carrying case with a strong lock that can be easily opened, making it easy to take out your tool at any time. Double-hardened, precision-ground edge and PTFE coating protects the blade from corrosion and reduces friction by 25%. Some of the most affordable axes you can buy even if you go out for a loaf 🙂 The axes line includes the following models: X5, X7, X10, X11, X17, X21, X25 and X27

S. Djarv Hantverk The Svante Djarv family business from Sweden manufactures axes and hand tools for working with wood. A very ascetic site, but these tools are valued by professional woodcarvers and carpenters, restorers. There are 5 models of carving axes (0.4 to 1.5 kg), 4 stabbing axes (0.7-2.4 kg), and models of Backpack axe, Narrow axe, Flat adze, Little VIKING axe.Rare axes in our countryside.

HelkoThe German company Helko has been producing interestingly designed axes since 1844. North America has its own division. Helko North America.Helko axes are interesting first of all because of their innovative design: 6 axes of series TOMAHAWK (weight 0,7-2,3 kg) have fiberglass handle and blades, fastened to it with two screws; axes series VARIO 2000 have wooden hatchet, but their blades are also fastened to the screws; The exclusive Top Line has a metal blade guard around the blade that is held in place by a self-tapping screw on the side; the Classic Line (polished blade, weight 0.7-3.0 kg) and Traditional Line (0.6-2.8 kg) axes have a hickory handle and a German C45 steel blade. And that’s not all! Overall and otherwise. worthy manufacturer.

Victor AxeToolThe Victor AxeTool company was founded in 2011 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. Today the company offers a good selection of axes (11 models), axes to them, maintenance tools and accessories. All axes are made of hickory and 5160 alloy steel (manufactured by Council) and cost from 110 to 180. How about the axe on the far right, and? ))

CondorCONDOR TOOL KNIFE dates back to 1787, when GEBR WEYESBERG COMPANY was founded in Solingen, Germany. Today under this brand name are produced knives for hunters and fishermen, axes, machetes, various throwing weapons. Country of manufacturer. El Salvador, hmm.They don’t have many axes. Single-blade models: SWEDISH PATTERN AXE, WOODWORKER AXE, MICHIGAN PATTERN AXE and GS SPLITING AXE GERMAN STYLE with 1060 HIGH CARBON steel blades; double-blade: CHOPPING SPLITTING CRUISER AXE, THUNDER BAY DOUBLE BIT CRUISER AXE (440C STAINLESS STEEL), DOUBLE BIT MICHIGAN AXE. You can buy in many foreign online stores or in Russian Tojiro.ru

Marbles-American brand manufacturer of axes, knives, compasses, founded by Webster L. Marble in 1892 in Michigan. Some axe models have an interesting blade protection (and from the blade) built into the axe. Axe blades made of 1045 carbon steel. You can buy Marbles axes at the Smkw online store.com: Double Bit Hatchet for 20, Camp Axe for 25, Single Bit Hatchet for 17, Safety Axe. Cosmetic Second for 20, Limited Edition #5 Belt Axe for 18 and others.But again, all not made in the U.S., but in El Salvador and China.

GarantCanadian company Garant was founded in 1895 as a small family business making forged tools.Today Garant offers 19 models of axes in three series:1. Pro Series: Axe canadian (1,0 kg), Carpenter Axe (1,0 kg), Chain saw axe (0,8 kg), Axe (1,36 and 1,6 kg), Hatchet Total Control (0.6, 1.0 and 1.6 kg). Comfortable and beautiful.2. GARANT: Hatchet (0,6 and 0,7 Kg) with Hickory axe, Canadian axe (1,0 Kg), Hatchet hunting (0,7 Kg) and Michigan axe (1,6 Kg) with Thermo Plastic Rubber handle.3. ECONO: Hatchet (0.6 kg) and Axe (1.0 and 1.6 kg) with fiberglass handle; Axe (1.0 and 1.6 kg) with hickory handle.

Council ToolAmerican manufacturer of axes and various tools. Council Tools. established in 1886 as a family business. Today it has developed and offers the following axes: Dayton Pattern (14 models), Jersey Axe (6 models), Double Bit (3 models), Hudson Bay Axe (2 models), Pick Heads (4 models), Pulaski Axes (3 models), Velvicut Axes, Broad Hatchet, ApocalAxe and a line of Velvicut Premium Axes, entirely made in USA of 5160 alloy steel.

Best Made CompanyAmerican Best Made Company was founded by Peter Buchanan-Smith in 2009 in New York City. Today it offers clothing, home goods, bags, axes, and other tools. A little bit of fun, quality and gloss. And the product went “to the masses”.models American Felling Axe (1,8 kg) and Hudson Bay Axe (0,9 kg) with different types of handles (18 colors) and 5160 alloy steel blades, Straight-Hold Hatchet (0,6 kg) from 1060 alloy steel. New for 2015. Japanese Axes (Bakin, Jigata, Warikomi models) by Mizuno-san made of Japanese steel S45C and oak axe blades. Swedish Camp Axe hiking axe are made in Sweden by Wetterlings.

John Neeman ToolsLatvian manufacturer of exquisite but terribly expensive woodworking tools (axes, knives), bows and leather goods. Axes (cost 340-730) are only made on pre-order for 6-12 months. Blades are made of “laminate” in which the cutting edge is made of high-carbon L6 alloy tool steel and the handles are made of native elm. Total in the catalog of 19 models of axes and cleavers, including.ч. medieval replicas.

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great video of the “birth” of an axe in its entirety! Materials, atmosphere, quality.

Brands

Consider the most popular Swedish brands.

Hultafors

The most famous of them all. The company began operations in 1883. Engineer Karl-Hilmer Johansson Kolen invented and made a folding measuring tool. His invention was in demand during the country’s transition to the metric system of measurement. The company was engaged in this line of business until the 70s of the last century. After the company was repurchased in the ’90s, the product line was expanded to include axes.

The firm makes products for carpenters, lumberjacks, hunters, hikers. There are cleavers, axes for throwing.

It uses special steel, hickory wood and a variety of materials. Now the company offers 16 models weighing from 0,5 to 2,5 kg. The tools are sold in leather cases.

Gransfors Bruks

The company is known for its high price and high quality tools. The company has been operating since 1902.

Each axe is made by hand. The smith puts his personal branding on the product. This is a guarantee of quality. If the smith does not like the axe, it is sent for rebuilding.

The company gives a guarantee that the forged axe will serve for about 20 years. To do so, it is necessary to follow the simple rules of operation, to sharpen it in time.

Wetterlings

The history of the brand began in 1882. Engineer Otto Wetterling lived in the United States for several years, mastering the axe making business. Currently, the company employs 10 people, producing versatile products for hunters and carpenters.

Separately produced tools for loggers. Steel from the Swedish company Ovako is used. It is Europe’s leading producer of long products.

The brand makes 14 models. Wetterlings guarantees its products for 20 years.

Hults Bruk

The history of the brand began in 1697. Now the company produces two types: military axes and products for civilian use. Thirteen models in all.

The tools have forged blades and hickory handles. Weight of the blade is from 0.6 to 1.7 kg. Price range from 89 to 379.

Products are distributed through the online store. No shipment to Russia.

Husqvarna AB

Considered to be the largest manufacturer in the country. History goes back to 1689. The company used to produce logging tools. Known throughout the world for its chainsaws. At one time, its axes were manufactured by Wetterlings. Now Husqvarna AB manufactures products independently.

The only difference from other Swedish brands. it is based on an American-Canadian shape. Product has a trapezoidal shape.

Among other Swedish manufacturers we can also distinguish the brand SAW. The manufacturer produces forged products for hikers.

Bahco company follows the same trend. For handles uses American white walnut.

How to choose an axe

When choosing a tool, the very first point is the purpose of its use, this will determine a number of parameters that need to be taken into account when buying.

You need to figure out what shape and size the blade should be, as well as the angle of its sharpening.

The axe also comes in different lengths and materials.

It is made of plastic, wood, fiberglass, rubber or metal.

A carpenter’s axe must be comfortable to hold.

If you plan to use the tool from time to time, then the best option would be to buy a sheath for the axe.

The material used for the handle’s construction determines its lifespan and comfort of use.

When choosing a wooden handle it is better to look at birch or ash: they are the most durable.

Such hatchets have an affordable price and good properties required for work.

Metal handles are more durable, but they also weigh more.

Also the vibration upon impact is very noticeable.

holders made of plastic absorb vibration well, lie comfortably in the hand, and are not affected by corrosion or moisture.

Disadvantages are low durability and impossibility to repair in case of breakage.

Fiberglass material has greater strength than wood and less weight, but the cost of such cuttings is much higher.

To increase productivity it is worth to choose correctly the length of the axe handle.

Comparison of the Gränsfors Bruk and Husqvarna Axes

Depending on the use of the tool, the handle is chosen.

The more weight the tool has, the more powerful the blow will be.

A lightweight tool will allow you to make more accurate hits.

Usually people buy their own axe for different kinds of work, so it is better to have several axes.

You can buy a universal version weighing about 1-1.5 kg.

The quality of steel affects the further operation and sharpening, so you need to opt for high-quality material.

If you hang the axe by the rope and swing it with a hard object, it will make a sound.

The longer and more resonant it is, the better the steel.

An important aspect is the balance of the tool.

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