How to Sharpen an Axe “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” -Abraham Lincoln If you have ever used an axe, then it’s safe to assume that you have sharpened one as well. A sharp axe is a safe axe, and let’s face . . .
September 11, 2017
June 18, 2017
Hults Bruk Historic Swedish Axe Patterns Hults Bruk has created thousands of different axe patterns over the years and sold throughout the world. At one time each region had a specific axe for the type of trees found and the type of work being performed. Old carpenter’s patterns like the WesterGotlands and Norrbottens axes have . . .
May 11, 2017
How to Replace an Axe Handle Part 2: Installation Now that we have laid out how to select the right axe handle, it’s time to move on to the installation. In the second part of this series on how to replace an axe handle, I will describe how I personally install a new handle. Before . . .
April 27, 2017
Red Nose Leather makes custom leather axe masks to help protect and beautify your axe. They specialize in leather but also enjoy restorations of vintage tools, especially axes. We checked in with Colton, Hults Bruk ambassador and owner of Red Nose Leather to break down the basics on how to get started making your own . . .
March 28, 2017
In 1946 Sweden’s largest axe manufacturer, Hults Bruk, produced over 800,000 axes each year. These axes sold worldwide making the brand famous and earning them accolades. Today Sweden’s oldest axe manufacturer still hand forges their axes using traditional methods but in much smaller numbers and for a different user. During the great depression power saws . . .
February 22, 2017
With a 6AM start, coffee and breakfast in hand, the three of us were on the road and at the trailhead by 9:30. After a winter camping trek last season, I realized going in without a tent and building a shelter can be much more comfortable through a long, cold night. I also decided that . . .
January 20, 2017
Part 1: Axe Handle Selection Replacing an axe handle (a.k.a. haft, helve) can be very frustrating for axe users and enthusiasts. However, it is a skill that can really come in handy! When you think about it, an axe is a hunk of steel driven onto a wooden stick. Wood is a natural material, and . . .
November 23, 2016
Posted in #AxeHeads
Movember, No Shave November or just plain November, whatever you call it, is coming to an end. By now most of you have some impressive facial hair and despite comments from Grandma and your twelve year old cousins at Thanksgiving, I hope you keep that manliness on your face for at least the rest of . . .
October 21, 2016
Posted in #AxeHeads
Living in Ontario, Canada means we have an abundance of two key resources: freshwater and hardwood, which require the proper tools to travel efficiently and survive sustainably in the wilderness. A canoe is the best (and most fun!) way to get around with all that freshwater. Almost 160,000 square kilometers (62,000 square miles) or 11% . . .
September 23, 2016
Posted in New Products
Created by acclaimed wilderness skills instructor, blacksmith and New York Times bestselling author, Dave Canterbury, the new design is based on professional felling axes made popular during the 19th century American forestry industry boom. Felling large trees the traditional way is an art requiring skill and a proper axe. Good felling axes are often expensive . . .