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★ ★ ★ ★ ★An excellent small axe
The Gransfors Large Carving Hatchet (with carved beech handle) was the first purchase I made from Maurice at Woodsmith and it was a great choice to get me started making spoons two years back. As with all GB axes, they are beautifully made, nicely finished and come with a good leather sheath. At 600g and with a 3” cutting edge, this is not a large or heavy axe and whilst it’ll lose wood quickly on small to medium spoon blanks, ideally you’d need something with more heft for larger items. That said, this is lovely axe in the hand and may well be suited to those who cannot hold the weight of larger axes or, for those with smaller hands. I prefer the carved handle to the smooth finished hickory type, it seems surer in grip and there’s no ‘rotation’ when in use. Mine had a lot of use and was a great first axe; it did everything I asked of it, still does! It chokes up quite well, takes and holds a very sharp edge, what else do you need from such a compact tool?! It’s a good ‘carry’ axe and needs little room if packed.
A very good starter axe and, great value for such a quality tool, thus highly recommended.