Black Forest Woodworker

  • 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 Weight 1000g / Gross Weight 1500g / Handle Length 60cm
  • 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

    • 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

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