HELKO Traditional Line American Double Bit Felling axe With Sheath 13575
AXES & TOMAHAWKS, Helko German Axe, Traditional Line
MADE IN GERMANY
Few axes are more iconic than the American double bit. Instantly reminiscent of bygone days when double bit felling axes spread across America during the 19th century, the Hinterland is an ode to the past. Traditionally, one bit was reserved for heavy work that was prone to dull the blade, while the other was kept with a finely honed edge. The beauty of double bit axes is that the user has the option to profile each blade differently and may use, for instance, one edge for splitting and the other for cutting. When the logging industry was still reliant on axes for felling trees, one side of the double bit was commonly used in chopping undercuts for large timber, while the other was held in reserve for fine cutting. The Hinterland has as straight handle and symmetrical head, offering a comfortable balance for the wielder. Hung with a 30 inch handle, the 3.5 pound head makes the Hinterland a capable and effective felling tool.
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 hardwood wedge and notched steel ring wedge
Head Weight: 3.5 lbs.
Total Weight: 5 lbs.
Handle Length: 30 in.