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MADE IN GERMANY
Traditionally forged Blade, special sharpened with an oiled Hickory-Handle and leather-loop.
Handmade in Wuppertal, Germany, these axes are named after the region’s famous Rhein River Valley. The Rhein, one of Germany's most prominent geographical features, was a historically significant source of trade and growth for settlements in the region throughout the medieval period. Cutting axes like these were a daily necessity for people carving out towns and villages in heavily forested regions along the Rhein River. The Rheinland pattern - a traditional German wide-bit blade - is extraordinarily well suited for cutting work. These hatchets excel at limbing branches, clearing brush, and making kindling, while also handling light splitting work. Lightweight and well balanced, the Rheinland hatchet is an ideal camp and packing companion.
Each piece is hand crafted by Helko’s Master Smiths, lifelong artisans of metalcraft. The Smith uses tongs on an open face drop forge to shape the head, a skill requiring impressive control and hand eye coordination that can only be achieved through years of practice. Once satisfied with his work, the Smith hammers the Helko Werk crown logo into the cheek. Only minimal supplementary work is performed, allowing each blade to proudly display its forging marks. No two pieces are exactly alike.
Handmade in Wuppertal, Germany
German C50 high grade carbon steel
Open face drop forged, heat treated, and oil-hardened
Helko crown hammered into cheek
53-56 HRC (Rockwell Hardness)
Crafted in Switzerland
Sustainably sourced Grade A American hickory
Individually selected for strength, grain orientation, and density
Boiled linseed oil finish, 150 grit smooth sanded
Hung with softwood wedge and notched steel ring wedge
Head Weight: 2.75 lbs.
Total Weight: 4.5 lbs.
Handle Length: 28 in.
Bit Length: 5-1/4 in.
Leather sheath is included
The Helko Werk Ranger axe is a lightweight and compact axe well suited for backpacking, camping and general use. Also known as the boy's axe, it was designed for de-limbing, light felling, splitting and cutting. The Helko Ranger axe's head is coated with a red enamel to prevent rust. Its handle is made from American hickory and is lightly lacquered for protection during transport.
German C45 high grade carbon steel
Handle is hand crafted in Switzerland from sustainable FSC certified American hickory
Handle is lightly lacquered to protect wood during transit
Drop forged and tempered in oil. (hrc 53-56)
Comes with a rubber edge protector