I guess i have four favorite axes. I wouldn't mind getting a Plumb, Kelly, Council or Swedish made full sized axe. We've got a few beater splitting axes and mauls at the rainforest cabin. As you can see, i like my Swedish axes. I like to keep a keen polished edge on these things. Edges out:
The most specialized of the bunch-- and my baby-- is a Gransfors Bruks Swedish Carving Axe. You can get these with right, left of symmetrical V-Bevel. Mine has a right side bevel for right-handed hewing work. It is an excellent tool. I wouldn't mind having one that was 60-75 percent of the weight of this carving axe. There is another maker that produces one in that size in the Swedish/ Scandinavian deep-bearded style. This would be good for lighter jobs where not all the heft is needed.
I have started modifying the Hults Bruk hatchet/ hand axe to have an asymmetrical grind. I'm not sure i will be able to achieve the results i want with the existing material. It is still useful for some carving work and is super easy to carry anywhere for kindling production etc.
The longest-handled of the four is a Swedish forest axe (roughly comparable to an American boy's axe). It has a light head and a ~26 inch handle/ haft. This one is made at Hultafors for Husqvarna.
The carpenter's axe i mostly use as a hewing and shaping axe for various wood projects. This one is also a Hultafors /Husky. This is the axe lodged in the end of this ~25 pound chunk of Douglas Fir fatwood on top of my chopping block in the garage.
All sheathed up.
This is a smaller chunk of fat wood that i just split off the 25 pounder to cut down to size to mail to a friend. If you click the image to make it full size and then zoom in, you should be able to see how translucent some of the wood looks.
The knife pictured here is my favorite model of carving knife-- it's a Morakniv model 120 with a blade length of ~2.25 inches. It is made with laminated steel. The core is a fine-grained simple low alloy high carbon steel heat treated to HRC 61-62. The cladding on the blade is a softer lower carbon steel. This improves sharpening response without substantial disadvantage.
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