The Black Forest Woodworker is Helko’s flagship axe. This axe is the quintessential tool for the woodsman. Its compact size provides substantial versatility, allowing it to be used as both a lightweight work axe and a dependable packing tool. The Black Forest Woodworker features Helko’s Rheinland pattern axe head, named after the region’s famous Rhein River Valley. The Rhein was a 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 this heavily forested region. The Black Forest Woodworker performs exceptionally well as a cutting tool, while still being able to handle moderate splitting work. This compact robust axe is a go-to for a variety of tasks, including felling small trees, splitting firewood, clearing brush, limbing branches and preparing kindling. Comes with our standard top grain thick cowhide leather adjustable sheath.
Head • C45 high grade carbon steel • Open die drop forged by hand, heat treated, and oil-hardened • Approximately 53-56HRC (Rockwell) • Hand ground and sharpened blade • 'Helko' crown mark hammered into cheek
Handle • Hand crafted from Grade 'A' American hickory • Individually selected for grain orientation and density • Hand finished with boiled linseed oil • Traditionally hung using softwood wedge and round steel ring wedge