Gransfors Bruk

Double Bit Felling Ax

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Gransfors Bruks Double Bit Felling Ax

From the mid-19th century until the chainsaw took over in forestry in the mid-20th century, Double Bit Axes were commonly used in particular by forest workers in Canada and the USA. The benefit of the Double Bit Axe for forest workers was that each edge could be ground differently. That way the forest workers only needed to carry one multi-purpose axe.

Often one edge was ground more finely for use in felling and the other edge was a little blunter for limbing. The Double Bit Axe was eventually so common that it became a symbol of professional forest workers in North America. These forest workers often worked away from civilisation for many months at a time and the range of leisure pursuits was obviously limited, so they amused themselves in spare moments by throwing their axes at a target, usually the end of a log.

Today the Double Bit Axe rarely appears in the forest. Instead, it is now mainly used for the fun leisure pursuit of axe throwing, where the axe is thrown at a target. Swedish and Nordic competitions are organised by the Swedish Axe Throwing Society, amongst others.

All Double Bit Axes come with a sheath of vegetable-tanned leather and a copy of The Axe Book.

Specifications

  • Item no: 490-1
  • Length with handle: 75 cm (29.5”)
  • Cutting edge: 16 cm (6.3”)
  • Weight: 1,9 kg (4.2 lb)
  • Sheath in vegetable-tanned leather
  • Item no: 490-2
  • Length with handle: 89 cm (35”)
  • Cutting edge: 16 cm (6.3”)
  • Weight: 2,2 kg (4.8 lb)
  • Sheath in vegetable-tanned leather

FAQ:

Why is the axe head labeled with two letters?

The letters stands for the smith’s initials. When the blacksmith is pleased with his/her craftsmanship and thinks that the axe is well made, he/she accepts the axe with his/her initials. Thanks to the initials you can always go back and see who the person is who has made the axe.

IMPORTANT: The letters shown in this product listing are not guaranteed to be the smith of the axe that will ship. We receive a variety of axes from Gransfors Bruks. Please reach out if you are looking for a specific smith and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

NOTE: Anyone removing a sheath from the Gränsfors Bruk axe must replace it gently by first feeding the heel of the cutting edge into the base of the sheath, (there is that little pocket at the bottom of the sheath), followed  by feeding the top portion of the cutting edge into the top of the sheath.  This should prevent a sheath from being damaged.  A cut sheath is usually damaged by someone trying to simultaneously feed the whole edge into the  sheath at once or wiggling it in spite of feeling some resistance. 

The axes are VERY sharp and will readily cut a sheath that is not put on with care.  If it doesn't, you are lucky.  

If and when such damage occurs replacement sheaths are available for purchase.

NOTICE: Some products in this store can expose you to chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and/or birth defects or other reproductive harm. Please check the product label for warning information. For more information go to P65Warnings.ca.gov. We cannot ship any products into California that are affected by Proposition 65.

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