Hults Bruk, a maker of hand forged axes since 1697 moved into the North American market in 2015. Recently they launched a program to promote their axes via social media. I applied and while was not selected I was a finalist and as such received a free axe to review. I selected the Tibro Carpenter Axe. I have a chainsaw and will be mostly working on my 10 acre property, so I felt a felling axe would be less useful.
I’ve always wanted to learn more “rustic” woodworking and a good carpenters axe is one of the basic tools needed. The edge comes very sharp and an almost a mirror finish. The over length is about 20″ with a 1-3/4 lb head. This is definitely not something you want to be out swinging at a tree with as it is too short. However since it is design for more close up work the length isn’t a problem. The finish on the handle does feel a little slick out of the box, I’ll see if rubbing it with to take the sheen off of it.
Now I just need some projects to use it on. Below is an interesting video of the forging process.