The Best Hand Forged Axe – Top 8 Choices

a sturdy axe chopping firewood

Something special could be said about the timeless functionality of the hand forged axe. Axes can be found in a variety of shapes, styles, and sizes, and they can cut wood, shape it, split it or even carve it. In this article, we have put together a list of the best hand forged axes available on the market. They stand out for their unique patterns and high-quality materials.

*The axes presented below were listed according to their price, from the least to the most expensive one.

1. Francisca Hand Forged Carbon Steel Axe

a Francisca hand forged axe close-up

Francisca axe has the shape of a tomahawk, and it is made from tempered high carbon steel that is hand forged and then polished. Once you purchase this axe, you will be ready to chop wood because the head is heat treated and the blade edge is very sharp. The axe handle is a standard American hickory type, measuring 19 inches. What most buyers like about the Francisca axe is the way its handle is protected with a layer of wax. The blade edge is 4.5 inches, and the axe overall weight is 1.5 lbs.

This axe is a lot more affordable compared to other hand forged axe brands on the market.

Price: $40.

2. The Husqvarna Forest Axe

a Husqvarna Forest axe on a white background

Over the last several years, Husqvarna made a re-badged version of the Hults Bruks and Wetterling axes. The steel type is a hand forged axe of carbon steel with an overall length of 26 inches and weighing two pounds. Cheaper than some of your other hand forged axe choices, the Husqvarna Forest Axe shares many similarities to the quality you get with Gransfors Swedish axes.

The hardness and the quality in steel had many commonalities, and at the same time, you don’t have to pay twice the price that you would if you chose Gransfors.

Price: $80.

3. Rinaldi Hand Forged Italian Calabria Axe

a slim Rinaldi hand forged axe

The Rinaldi axe is made in Italy, and it weighs 1.2 lbs. Its straight handle measures about 23 ½ inches. This axe is a high-quality tool, handmade by Italian manufacturers. Moreover, each axe they made is unique. It is a must-have tool, being easy to use. Both the head and handle can be easily replaced if necessary. Still, you shouldn’t worry too much about that because this is a durable axe.

Price: $80.

4. Hultafors Hand Forged Swedish Axe

a Hultafors Swedish hand forged axe

This is a more expensive hand forged axe that also has an American hickory handle. Its manufacturer is located in Sweden, and the axe is made of high carbon steel. Compared to the other axes listed in this article, the Hultafors tool weighs a little bit more (3.3 lbs.). You will definitely like the fact that the handle is light and well balanced. You will be able to create wide and deep cuts.

Hultafors company is one of the oldest axe makers in the world, and they manufacture high-quality axes since 1697.

Price: $154.

5. Wetterlings Bushman Axe

a sturdy Wetterlings bushman axe

This is an amazing multi-purpose tool, specially created for splitting, felling, and carving wood. The hammer shape of the head’s end comes as a pleasant surprise. A small detail that makes a huge difference for all woodworkers out there. The handle length measures around 22 inches, while the axe head weight is 1.6 lbs. This is another axe created by a Swedish company. So, I guess, the Scandinavians really know their way around wood carving and splitting tools.

Price: $170.

6. Gransfors Scandinavian Forest Axe

a beautifully-crafted Gransfors Scandinavian axe

Every Gransfors axe is a beautifully hand forged axe made from quality Swedish steel. The company behind this puts an exhaustive focus on immaculate quality, and they settle for nothing but the best axes. A hand forged axe has a specific quality to it that many other axes don’t. For example, it appears like it was made simply and without a factory putting it together.

This is a professional hand forged axe; it is an ideal tool for cutting larger trees. You can use it for a longer period because it is durable as well as lightweight. Don’t let its weight fool you; the Gransfors forest axe is incredibly powerful. One thing that differentiates it from other axes is its 20-year product warranty.

Price: $197.

7. Nic Westermann Axes

a Nic Westermann carving axe head

This company makes hand forged axes, being established 16 years ago, in the United Kingdom. They are known for their decorative approach when it comes to their tool production. All Nic’s axes and tools are bought by carvers and greenwood workers all over the world. Although the owner focuses more on traditional crafting, he is not entirely tied to this approach. That means he is always eager to innovate and improve its forging techniques.

Nic Westermann Carving axe is the company’s most popular product. It is carefully crafted, and it comes with a sharp blade edge, ready to cut wood.

Price: $270.

8. Svante Djarv Carving Axe

three Svante Djarv carving axes

This axe is manufactured by a small family-based company, located in Sweden. They create only 4,000 axes each year, and they are popular due to their unique forged axe patterns. It is true, however, that their quality is matched by their price tag. All the company’s tools are handmade. Svante Djarv axes contain steel and start-wood. The entire crafting process takes a lot of time and dedication.

Price: The company doesn’t publish the axes’ prices, but they provide an e-mail address where you can write them a message, and they will recommend you one of their tools’ retailers.

Putting It All Together

All the above hand forged axe options are great if you’re looking to buy a durable, high-quality, and beautifully crafted tool. Some of them can be used for multiple purposes such as carving, felling, and cutting wood. You will be pleased with either one of them. So, let us know which one you decided to purchase and how satisfied you are with the way it works.

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Pamela M. Slocum

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