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    Traditional Finnish Forest Axe (hand forged)

    Traditional Finnish Forest Axe.
    Made by old Finnish drawing.
    Hand forged (by hand hammers).
    Laminated steel. W108 carbon tool steel for the blade. Rockwell 58 (HRC).
    Axe head length 6 inches. Blade width 4 inches.
    Turpentine, linseed oil and bees wax treatment for the head.
    Elm handle - 23 1/2 inches. Handle is hand shaped, linseed oiled and bees waxed.
    Hand made leather blade guard.

    A test peace for elm's strength in a bit wrong direction's grain.

    The axe is being made by me and my friend.

























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    Re: Traditional Finnish Forest Axe (hand forged)

    That is some real nice work I gotta say!!

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    Re: Traditional Finnish Forest Axe (hand forged)

    Nice pics, great looking axe

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    Re: Traditional Finnish Forest Axe (hand forged)

    What a beauty, That would look well in my collection. I was a time served wooden boat builder and still have a passion for traditional tools. I was using an adze from an early age and have quite a few axes and adzes in my collection.
    The elm should be OK. it is a tough stringy wood that is quite resistant to splitting.The most strain on the haft is close to the head so the grain looks good there. There are some unusual features on the axe head that we don't have on the UK axes. Very interesting.
    Cheers John. www.john-hodgson.co.uk

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    Re: Traditional Finnish Forest Axe (hand forged)

    That is a stunning axe.

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    Re: Traditional Finnish Forest Axe (hand forged)

    Yep, looks like an axe as I know it... Lovely work. As you say, the grain at the end of the shaft has gone a bit awry, but other than that it looks fab.
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    Re: Traditional Finnish Forest Axe (hand forged)

    Beautiful work sir

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    Re: Traditional Finnish Forest Axe (hand forged)

    Very beautiful axe model and very well done. The Kirves.

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    Re: Traditional Finnish Forest Axe (hand forged)

    wow, that had to be a LOT of work, did you have someone to help you stretching the material, and to make the hole? Anyway, very nice work, well done!

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    Re: Traditional Finnish Forest Axe (hand forged)

    Thanks for enjoying. I found 1928 Billnäs Axe Forge Catalogue here: http://digi.lib.helsinki.fi/pienpain...Page&id=338807.
    And this too: http://digi.lib.helsinki.fi/pienpain...ame_currPage=2.
    So we will make a few more replicas. Finns designed their axes in very well balance due to the physics of the gravity. So the axe is unbelievable handy.

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    Re: Traditional Finnish Forest Axe (hand forged)

    Very nice axe - it looks business like. The shape reminds me some of the axes gransfors bruks makes.

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    Re: Traditional Finnish Forest Axe (hand forged)

    That is a gorgeous piece of work!!

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    Re: Traditional Finnish Forest Axe (hand forged)

    This axe is quite good copy of BILLNÄS Mod 12/3 (this model basis to one traditional model which comes from northern Finland town named Kemi) but there is one important detail which deviate from original model.
    In my picture you can see a red arrow to pointing a corner which in original model use to be more sharp. The reason for that is very practical; these corners used bend in so that they grabs to wood and so helps the handle to stay better in axes "eye".

    The manufacturing drawing above was made by Finnish Army for educating their employers.

    There is one very good book (only in finnish lanquage) about Finnish axes:
    http://www.maahenki.fi/kauppa_tuote.php?tuote=640


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    Re: Traditional Finnish Forest Axe (hand forged)

    Quote Originally Posted by Igorrock View Post
    This axe is quite good copy of BILLNÄS Mod 12/3 (this model basis to one traditional model which comes from northern Finland town named Kemi) but there is one important detail which deviate from original model.
    In my picture you can see a red arrow to pointing a corner which in original model use to be more sharp. The reason for that is very practical; these corners used bend in so that they grabs to wood and so helps the handle to stay better in axes "eye".

    The manufacturing drawing above was made by Finnish Army for educating their employers.

    There is one very good book (only in finnish lanquage) about Finnish axes:
    http://www.maahenki.fi/kauppa_tuote.php?tuote=640

    does the book have good pictures?
    please email me if you want to contact me ,my PM box just gets so full .
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    Re: Traditional Finnish Forest Axe (hand forged)

    Quote Originally Posted by Igorrock View Post
    This axe is quite good copy of BILLNÄS Mod 12/3 (this model basis to one traditional model which comes from northern Finland town named Kemi) but there is one important detail which deviate from original model.
    In my picture you can see a red arrow to pointing a corner which in original model use to be more sharp. The reason for that is very practical; these corners used bend in so that they grabs to wood and so helps the handle to stay better in axes "eye".

    The manufacturing drawing above was made by Finnish Army for educating their employers.

    There is one very good book (only in finnish lanquage) about Finnish axes:
    http://www.maahenki.fi/kauppa_tuote.php?tuote=640


    Thanks for advice. We will focus more on that detail. I found also A BILLNÄS catologue from 1928 and Also A Catlogue from Mariefors Bruk. We will make a few of them also. Maby a piilukirve or large hewing broad axe.

    And will order a book too.

    Link to BILLNÄS: http://digi.lib.helsinki.fi/pienpain...ame_currPage=1

    Link to Mariefors: http://digi.lib.helsinki.fi/pienpain...Page&id=338807

 

 

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