Along the frontier and and in sparsely settled areas, the axe was (and remains) an important tool. Imported into North America beginning in the 16th century, the metal axe , along with the metal kettle was a sought-after treasure.
Axes have been made in many shapes and sizes, with small belt axes with head-weights of around one pound, to full-size felling axes with four to five pound heads.
The axe above is an example of a traditionally formed small belt-axe with a hammer poll. The mild steel body is hand forged, with a tool steel edge forge-welded in place. The 18" handle is of straight-grain maple, decorated with brass trade tacks.
The blades is aged...well....to look old!
I'm now offering traditionally forged axes for the collector, reenactor or daily user.
Each axe will be traditionally made, with either punched-eye or wrapped construction. A bit/edge of W-1 tool steel will be forge-welded in place and the axe will be finished by hand.
Handles will be maple, ash, oak or hickory, depending on the availability of straight-grained pieces.
Your axe can be decorated to suit you.