I bought this at a garage sale as a present to my son. I already have
a perfect Russian made carpenting axe, but this one seemed like it was
made for actually using it, was in a good shape and the price was
right. So it is a present to my 6 y.o. son, whom I will teach to use
it safely. I already sharpened it on a bench grinder.
My question is, do you have any idea who may have made it and what is
its intended use. My guess is carpenting but I do not know that too
It looks like a
B. Swedish Carving Axe
The carving axe, with its design based on traditional Swedish carving
techniques, is good for roughing large carvings and architectural work. It
has a 4-1/2" single-bevel face, a 14-1/2" long handle and a 2 lb head.
It's quite different to those Grδnsfors axes.
Firstly, this is a carpenter's axe not a carver's axe. A carver's axe
has a prominently curved edge, a general purpose (or carpenter's axe)
has a straight edge, or a straight edge with crowned corners.
Secondly the shape of the eye is different. Swedish axes usually have
a flat top edge here, so the head is asymmetric and the top of the
handle is nearly flush with the neck of the blade. A Kent pattern is
symmetrical, so the neck is some way below the handle and the cheeks
of the eye are raised up above it. Kent cheeks are also triangular,
so the handle is usually left quite some way above the eye.
Looks like a fairly-common English-made axe with a head of the "Kent"
pattern. If it's old, then it might be of iron, forge-welded to a steel
insert for the edge. The handle is a poorly-shaped replacement which
puts the edge in the wrong position relative to your hand.
It's a general purpose axe, rather than a specifically shaped one for
It's not a tomahawk. A tomahawk head is of quite a distinctive form.
It looks like a copy of the axe young George Washington used to chop down
the cherry tree.
I'm quite proud of the fact that I own Washington's axe! Passed down to me
through eleven generations. In the intervening 267 years, the axe has had
seven new handles and two new heads. Other than that, it's the original.
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