How To Find The Right Axe
How to Find the Right Axe
A large part of Duluth's heritage comes from logging operations. While it may not be the 1800's anymore, woodworking, chopping firewood, and tree felling are all common activities in the surrounding Duluth areas to this day. At Duluth Pack, we love to honor these traditions and give people the tools they need to get the job done, in this case, those tools are quality axes and hatchets.
Duluth Pack carries two iconic and quality axe brands: Hults Bruk and Gransfors Bruk. To learn more about these companies, check out Minnesota’s Logging Heritage on our blog page or click the links to go to their website. Both companies hand forge their axes in Sweeden and join Duluth Pack in being around for over 100 years. These axes are second to none in durability, quality, and performance.
At our Duluth Pack flagship store, we get the question, "What are the differences between the axes?" The answer: a lot more than you may think. Each axe serves a basic function and excels in its respective role. There are 3 main types of axes we are going to cover - felling, splitting, and carving. Let's go over some examples of each and how it works.
Let’s start with the felling axe. Picture a lumberjack in your head. You probably just imagined a burly man in a plaid shirt with blue jeans, boots, and an axe slung over his shoulder. That axe you just imagined is called a felling axe. A felling axe is specifically designed to chop down trees. The blade of a felling axe is often long and narrow with a medium amount of weight that makes it strong enough to put force behind a swing, but light enough to be accurate. The narrow shape of the blade allows it to sink deep into a tree with a precise enough hit to get the angle of the cut right. These axes have ultimately been replaced by modern chainsaws, but their story lives on in these products. The American Felling Axe and the Kisa Felling Axe are the modern iterations of these axes. While they may be outdated, they are VERY functional and will hold up longer than the next 5 chainsaws you buy.
Next, we’re going to talk about the splitting axes. These are probably some of the most used axes to date. Anyone who has a wood-burning fireplace should be very familiar with this style of axe. Unlike a felling axe, the head of a splitting axe is much heavier and thicker. From the point, the edge moves out at more of an angle rather than moving straight back to the rear of the axe head. This allows the wood to separate much easier while striking. The Gran Splitting Axe and the Large Splitting Axe are two examples of how these companies tackle chopping wood.
Lastly, we have the carving axes. These axes are largely used by woodworkers on some of the larger projects that still need hand-guided precision. These axes have rater small handles about the size of a hatchet. The cutting edge of this axe is quite large and had an elongated curve. The large size of the edge allows the user to make more curved cuts along with the wood. The Swedish Carving Axe is the perfect axe for someone looking to enhance their wood-working arsenal.
These are only highlighting some of the more popular axes made by these two experienced brands. To have a look at all the types Duluth Pack carries, visit our Axes and Hatchets tab on our website. While technology has stepped into the felling, splitting, and woodworking realm, nothing beats tradition and quality. Remember that the next time you're in the market for a new axe.
Happy adventures, friends!