Those of us who love carving axes often discuss the pros and cons of different bevel types. Most conventional axes are made with symmetrical double bevels. If well designed and properly made these are excellent for carving and some hewing. For architectural work a single bevel axe (sometimes called a broad axe) is often the best choice. In this case, the inner face of the axe should be perfectly straight in the vertical plane with no bulge at the head where the handle is fitted. A very slight lengthwise curve is found on the best examples. A hybrid axe version has asymmetrical bevels. The inner bevel is longer at a lower angle than the outer bevel. Broad axes and asymmetric axes are therefore right or left-handed.
Important Notice: Axes are among the most dangerous hand tools. Instruction is recommended and safety precautions must be followed.
All of these axes are well balanced and have a satisfying, “lively” feel during use. All come with symmetrical bevels. S-31, H-166 and GB-01 have slightly ripple surfaced handles to help with getting a good grip.
SVANTE DJÄRV LITTLE VIKING AXE. We are pleased to add Svante’s little Viking axe to our carving axe selection. This handsome tool meets all expectations. It’s well balanced, the bevels are flat, and the curved blade helps with cutting. The rippled handle is good for gripping. This axe is about 3.5 ounces heavier than the Karlsson sloyd axe, with a blade that is 1-1/8” longer.
KARLSSON SLOYD AXE. When Hans Karlsson developed this model in 1990 he asked Wille Sundqvist to design the handle. In the current version Drew asked Hans to lengthen the blade by about 3/4” without changing the weight. Excellent for bowl carvers and other shop work. The bevels are flat. This is the mid-weight shop axe that we have been looking for; our most popular tool at the Country Workshops Store. An optional leather guard is available.
Forged from SS1672 alloy steel and tempered at Rockwell 55. This material is both softer and tougher than the ball bearing steel used in the Karlsson gouges. H-166 sloyd axe now comes from with leather guard made at the Karlsson shop.
GRANSFORS BRUKS AXES
Gransfors Bruks axes are produced in a small Swedish axe factory, originally set up in 1910 in the Nordanstig rural district of Halsingland. Each axe is individually forged (and initialed with a hot stamp) by a master smith, then hardened and tempered to hold a keen edge. All Gransfors axes have a hickory handle, and are supplied with a leather guard. A complimentary copy of The Axe Book comes with each axe.
CARVING AXE. Wille Sundqvist master craftsman, teacher and author of Swedish Carving Techniques, designed this contemporary version of a traditional Swedish carving axe. The Carving axe fills a need for a well-balanced tool that weighs considerably more than the Karlsson Sloyd axe. An excellent tool for hewing bowls and other larger projects, including architectural work. A leather guard and The Axe Book are included.
SMALL FOREST AXE. This is the perfect single bit polled axe for light limbing in the woods, camping, splitting smallish firewood, and for cutting through cross fibers in large logs while splitting chair parts. With a touched up inner bevel (see the Shop Tip) it’s surprisingly good for hewing. The Small Forest Axe can be used single or double handed. With a hickory handle, leather guard and The Axe Book.
SMALL SPLITTING AXE. We bought one of these for the shop when a customer ordered Gransforsí Large Splitting Axe. First impression is that itís kind of heavy and a bit clumsy. Two years later this axe has had a great deal of use; we now prefer using it for splitting kindling and many other woody tasks around the shop and farm.
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