The Carpenter's fine axe features a double bevel. Finger grip puts the pressure near the center of the blade for best control during one-handed work. Used this way it is certainly a precision tool. Moving the hand further back for carving motion and heavier cuts. Use for chiseling, flattening, shaping, removing large amounts of material quickly, as well as fine shaving work.
Centuries of Steel making and forging have made Swedish steel and axes world famous. Wetterlings, the oldest existing axe forge in Sweden, now under new ownership, offers the best, hand forged and fit with oil finished American hickory handles. Natural, unpainted, finish shows the quality of the forging. We are pleased to offer these fine axes to our customers. Hardened and tempered to Rockwell 56-58, razor sharp.
Keep your axe sharp. Grind it regularly. Use a diamond hone or water cooled grindstone. Be careful to wet the grindstone – dry grinding will damage the cutting edge. The cutting edge must not become hotter than 430º F (220ºC), since steel loses its tempering (hardness) above this temperature. Never use a grinding wheel or file. A file will always leave grooves that can increase the risk of breakage in the steel.
At very low temperatures steel becomes brittle. In cold weather, warm your axe before using (but not over an open fire). Or, as written in our care instructions in 1947“The axe should be warmed in the winter, preferable with the woodcutter’s own body heat.”