Special #2 Laburnum Carving Axe (James Wood Edition)
This special #2 carving axe is made to stand out. I have pushed my skills to their limits in order to create axes that are not just exceptionally functional but going beyond the simple aesthetics of a working tool. Using a specially made and stamped axe heads which showcases James Woods excellent craftmanship.
I have used Laburnum as a handle material which have a beautiful two tone colouring and it will turn deep golden brown with use. I have rescued this wood from a local path clearing and dried it carefully in a hope that I can use it one day for a special project. I have only added a small chip carving to complement the handle.
This carving axe was designed with ergonomics and functionality in mind. The traditional bearded head profile, and the faceted re-curved handle makes it an ideal carving axe.
Features a faceted hand carved handle. The facets improves the grip on the axe, which means you can use your axe longer without getting blisters or fatiguing your hand.
The symmetrical 30 degree flat grind is an ideal choice for cutting performance but robust enough to maintain a sharp edge for a longer period of time.
For the sheath I have used a unique triangular pattern saddle-stitch on a thick vegetable tanned leather. The stamping on both side of the sheath is further enhanced by the faded dye work.
I have introduced a proud wedge on all of my axes without the use use of glue. This serves a dual functionality. If the axe is going to be used in a really hot and dry climate there is a chance that the handle might shrink a little but with a few taps on the wedge the handle could be re-tightened. The secondary function of this is that with an axe that is meant to be used for generations there will come a time when the edge needs to be re-ground and this is a lot easier to achieve if the head is removed from the handle. With a proud wedge it is easier to get a purchase on the wedge and remove it as opposed to when it's trimmed flush.
Total weight, approx: 750g
Cutting edge length: 14cm
Handle length: 28cm
Upon pre-order expect a 2-4 month lead time.
If you are ordering outside of the UK please be aware that you may be charged custom fees when you receive your order.