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Carving Axes & Hatchets

A dedicated carving axe is distinguished by several defining features that differentiate it from other types of axes. An ideal carving axe head should possess a curved cutting edge of reasonable length that facilitates effortless slicing. For example, the Gränsfors Bruk Large Carving Axe was specifically crafted for wood carving and features a long, sloping cutting edge that allows for easy slicing. Longer and flatter bevels are an essential aspect of a carving axe, as they enable fine, controlled wood removal. Although some carving axes come with hollow ground bevels that are equally practical, flat bevels make sharpening and maintenance easier.

A well-designed carving axe handle is typically curved and provides a secure grip with minimal rotation. The centre of balance should be located just below the head where your hand most often sits to avoid having to consciously or subconsciously fight the balance.

It's important to note, however, that you don't necessarily require all of these features to carve effectively with an axe. Good technique and sharpness are arguably more important. When starting out, investing in an inexpensive everyday modern hatchet or an old English hatchet with a well-reprofiled edge can be a wise decision before committing to a handcrafted, dedicated carving axe.

If you have any specific questions regarding selecting the appropriate carving axe, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are delighted to provide professional guidance and recommendations to assist you in selecting the perfect tool for your needs.

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