Due to high demand, some styles of Gransfors Bruks hand-forged axes may be back-ordered.
Typically, one blade was sharpened to a finely honed, narrow "felling edge", while the second blade was ground slightly blunter, and used for knots and cutting near the ground where a finely sharpened blade was more likely to be damaged. Today the double-bit axe is used as a working axe or as a throwing axe for timber sports.
A note regarding Axe Handles: It is important to keep your axe handle well protected from the effects of moisture, excessive dryness and temperature extremes. Routine axe handle maintenance should include periodic use of any product marked suitable for unconditioned wood. Howard’s Feed N Wax, (a mix of beeswax and orange oil), Boiled Linseed Oil, even traditional Paste Wax, are excellent products with which to treat your axe handle. These products are not expensive and routinely available at most hardware stores. Periodically conditioning your axe handle will significantly negate any opportunity for the wood grain to contract. Such contraction when left unchecked, allows an axe head to become loose on its handle.
Should you notice your axe head seeming loose without apparent cause, soaking the entire head overnight in Boiled Linseed Oil, will in most cases allow the wood grain inside the eye fitting to hydrate and expand. This should provide a long-lasting solution.