I've always liked the painted handle axes of traditional Canadian lumberjacks. Used to identify their preferred axe at the beginning of the working day and easier to spot when left on the forest floor. They actually inspired me to start making the painted handlehammers- as a more usable tool for regular life in the United Kingdom!
We're lucky enough to have a wood burner at home and its our preferred source of heat during the winter. That means splitting logs and kindling so axes are an important tool for me.
I've been wanting to do an axe project for awhile but I've struggled to find the right axe as a starting point. Ideally I'd have liked to use an axe manufactured here in the UK, but that has proved challenging at a price point that I was comfortable with. I also wanted to make the leather sheath myself - to make it a uniquely Tinker and Fix product as much as possible.
This project starts with a Trekking Axe hand forged by Hultafors of Sweden. They call it an axe, but for me its a hatchet as its small enough to be used one handed. It has a 55cm Hickory handle and an 900gram axe head, making it ideal for clearing branches in the garden. It's also light enough for be used for splitting kindling.
If you are looking for a longer handled, heavier axe you can find it here
The leather sheath is hand made using a good quality vegetable tan leather, which has been dyed to either a saddle tan or black colour. I don't like to waste any material from a hide so that means working with the odd surface scratch or branding marks. I've recently changed the design of the sheaths, which you can see on the Black and Saddle tan lists. Each of the sheaths is made bespoke to the axe head so get in touch as we can offer some different colour contrast stitching etc with this new design. If you prefer the older design shown with the multi coloured banded axe then that's not an issue either.
As with the hammers - always happy to do custom colours for you. Just get in touch via email@example.com or just purchase using the "Custom" product option and then let me know what you are thinking.
Sometimes we find some interesting grain patterns or colouration in a batch of axes. If these are too interesting to paint over then they are listed on their own with an image showing you the grain feature.
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