The small carving axe was designed with ergonomics and functionality in mind. I wanted to cater for people whom are not able to wield a heavier axe for a prolonged period of time or in need of a small and compact axe. The other really important criteria was for me to offer an axe which is more affordable, but still represents the high quality craftsmanship that Soulwood Creations stands for. I will achieve this by simplifying the handle and using rivets on the sheaths instead of hand stitching. Not cutting corners but choosing less labour intensive processes.
This small compact axe would be an ideal choice for beginners or experienced folk who prefer a smaller and lighter axe with a slimmer handle that could fit in a travelling bag easily.
The traditional bearded head profile, and the faceted re-curved handle makes it an ideal light weight carving axe. Hand forged from a solid piece of spring steel in Hungary by a blacksmith with more than 30 years of experience.
Features a faceted hand carved English ash 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.
The riveted vegetable tanned leather sheath is custom made for each axe, so they fit perfectly and protect the razor sharp edge.
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: 590g
Cutting edge length, approx: 8cm
Handle length: 25cm
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.