Side ax(e)

Peter Folansbee posted an interesting and comprehensive review of his excellent side axe/hewing ax here.  I just want to add my twopenn’orth without messing up the comments on Peter’s blog.

At The National Forest Woodfair this year I bought this (then) new side axe.


OK, it has a hickory handle covered in ‘varnish’ (note to self ‘Sand it down before it slips out of your hand one day’)  And the ground bevel is pretty basic:

DSCF1175However, the chap who sold it to me (Tony Murland) said it was a Swedish forging, exported to Canada where it was liquidated when the firm shafting it went bust (1960s).  He had quite a few of them.

Don’t bother rushing to Garant’s site to find one, as they don’t stock it.

It has some features you might think would be lacking.

The ‘flat’ face is convex-bevelled top to bottom:


See that gap between the ruler and the axe cheek?  Maybe 1/16th of an inch or about 2 mm?

It is also round along the depth of the blade:

DSCF1179So really, meets those extra requirements Peter highlighted.  Not a pretty axe, but a useful one, certainly hews more accurately than my Kentish pattern Elwell (even though it weighs much less).

The flat side is really ugly, must give it some tlc one day when I’ve nothing to do.




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  1. One sees Swedish made bench axes here in Canada from time to time. Some hardware chain must have imported them in the 1960s and perhaps 70s. This one of yours looks a bit older and of better quality with the edge bevels etc. Those I refer to have a longer blade and sloping shoulders. Garant are still in business, though I don’t believe any of their axes are made in Canada now.

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