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Gransfors Bruks Swedish Carving Axe


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  • Full grain-leather sheath
  • Hand-crafted Swedish Carpentry
  • 20 Year Product Warranty Included
  • Excellent for Camping

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A chop axe for hewing bowls and other wooden objects, artistic wood carving and architectural work. The characteristic curved shape of the cutting edge, carried well above the head's eye, the position of the edge in proportion to he handle, the rather thick bit and the big angle of the wide beveled face makes this axe a good carving tool. You "cut on the beveled face" with curved movements. This new axe pattern, based on old Swedish carving techniques, was developed by Wille Sundqvist, master craftsman and author of "Swedish Carving Techniques" in cooperation with craftman adviser Onni Linnanheimo. The handle is "rugged" to give a good grip. The axe has a 4 1/3" face and a 14" hickory handle and the head weighs 2 lb. It comes with a grain-leather sheath.

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  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • ASIN: B00404YRAQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,880 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Longfellow on January 18, 2013
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This axe has no equal whether working on small or large objects, from serving bowls to spoons. The weight makes the job practically effortless, complemented by the blade design. A joy to own forever. We saved money by purchasing it at Amazon - free freight.
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I started with the "hand hatchet" or "kubben" in UK terms and that was great starter axe for my spoon and bowl carving. Several months of use (and several dozens spoons) later, I built up the arm strength and filed the kubben to a partial "single bevel" in effort to speed up the roughing out process. As the old gearhead saying goes, "there's no substitute for Cubic Inches", for my purpose, there is no substitute for weight. This axe is substantially heavier. It took all of 2 hours to sell the kubben on the 'bay (would have loved to have kept it, but funds were tight), and I sprung for this axe, already ground to a single bevel. While there is much debate over double bevel vs single, this is a carving axe - get the single! It allows the axe head to bite the wood at surprisingly shallow angles, without glancing. Within a week i could use 90% of my strength and literally hit the same groove 3 out of 4 times - the handle geometry is outstanding as is the overall balance - it provides accuracy and confidence.

At first I thought I had made a mistake - the angle that the axe enters the wood is the same angle it will travel for a given amount of force. It took me several sessions and a couple of *design changes* before I realized that I must control the power of the stoke. Control is what this axe is all about - grip it near the head and you can sharpen a pencil, grip from the back and let her rip and one can make it rain shavings. My roughout time has been lowered by 3x. The axe takes a little getting used to, but not as much as I originally expected. I use it to plane the bottom of bowls as this is what the SB excels at - very little knife work is needed to clean up.
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