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Five stars or a maybe a ribbon.
When competing in the woodsmen's field day at your state fair, the Hults Bruk Arvika 5 Star Racing Axe is betting money that you'll come out with a shiny blue ribbon in the underhand chop. Designed for making a mockery out of Australian hardwood, the Arvika blade is hand-forged in a 17th century Swedish foundry and can make large V-shaped cuts in hard, knotty, or frozen wood, giving you an edge in local competitions.
- Large axe for fast chopping or using on hard and frozen wood
- Hickory handle offers ideal combination of strength and flexibility
- Handle conditioned with linseed oil to give the wood long life
- Tempered edge retains sharp edge even after multiple sharpenings
- Blade designed to be profiled and customized by the user
- Hults Bruk uses a Swedish foundry that has operated since 1697
- Item #HTS000F
- Q & A
Great Work Axe
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I work for the US Forest Service in Montana on a trail crew and these are the axes that we use everyday. Great for chopping, falling, saddle notches, and can tackle dead/fire hardened wood. I don't know if I would recomend it for the casual user. As the description says, the axe's profile is left unfinished from the forge so that the final user can customize the bit for their personal needs. The bits often need more of a crescent profile at the heel and toe, and the cheeks/bevel/micro bevel need to be ground. The steel used to forge the Arvika is hard enough that you can put a thinner and more aggressive profile to the axe, but the steel will run through bastard files like no other. We use a hand held Makita with a ceramic belt and custom jig to get our angles and then finish the micro bevel with stones. All said, for a casual user I would maybe looks at a Hults Bruks Atran or Kisa. For someone in the forestry or logger sports industry who has the time/means/knowledge to customize the bit further and is looking for a decent work/training axe, the Arvika is great!