Bavarian Felling Axe

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77A01.01 Bavarian Limbing Axe

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77A01.02 Bavarian Felling Axe

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77A01.03 Replacement Handle for Limbing Axe

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77A01.04 Replacement Handle for Felling Axe

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66M03.02 Leather Sheath for Bavarian Axes

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This Bavarian Felling Axe is a top-notch cutting tool, hand-forged by an extraordinary German axe smith. The Bavarian Forest in southeastern Germany is a mountainous region filled with deep woods, quiet streams, and narrow paths. The woodsmen who populated this region carried an axe like this one. The strongly-curved edge and flared, symmetrical head so prominent here are typical traits of Bavarian axes.

The long and rounded arc of the head (a full 6") provides more striking surface than other felling axes and helps provide an accurate bite. The head is forged to be slightly thicker just behind the cutting edge, but thins out slightly afterwards, thus enhancing penetration while reducing "wedging" pressure (that is, it’s easier to pull the axe out of the wood after it bites). This functional detail allows for exceptional performance when striking. Uniquely, the poll (the butt end opposite from the cutting edge) is tempered so that the axe can pull double-duty as a striking maul.

This foundry is 350 years old (yes, 11 generations!) and works closely with a wagon maker who hand-makes the hickory handles. The ergonomic end-knob of the handle is comfortable to hold. At 29" long and 4-1/4 lbs. The Bavarian Felling Axe is comparatively shorter and lighter than similar axes, this helps afford better control of the swing. With an eye to both functional and aesthetic detail, this quality forge makes cutting tools that exhibit an experiential knowledge of their wares. A USA-made leather sheath is available.
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  • An axe that is almost a work of art.

    Matthew J. Catania, 11/27/2017 To be quite honest, I wasn't sure I should get this axe after reading some of the earlier reviews. But , I am very, very pleased that I did opt to buy it. This is one well made axe ! The head is obviously not made on the production line. It has the look and feel of a bench made axe. Obviously it was hand forged by a craftsman who is a master at his trade. Someone who takes pride in his work. The blade is well honed and the shape and weight are well suited for some heavy duty axe work. The handle is actually a pleasure to hold as it is shaped so nicely. The wood is strong and it is firmly attached to the head. As you can tell, I am very happy with this axe. I can tell already that it is destined to become a family heirloom tool !
  • Poor handle quality

    Andrew D. East, 11/18/2017 Axe head is decent. Keeps a good edge and sharpens nicely. But the handle is very poorly fitted and could use some fixing. After using the axe to hammer a wedge while felling a tree the handle actually broke at the bottom from the shock. So good head. Very poor quality handle.

    Response By: Garrett Wade Tech Department
    Thank you for your review on the German Convex-Edge Axe. We're sorry to hear that the handle broke. This shouldn't have happened. Please feel free to return it for a replacement which our technician has checked out thoroughly. We apologize for the inconvenience.
  • Lose heads

    Will Petty, 7/30/2017 I do know that if a head becomes lose it's a good idea to soke the head in water a few nights and that problem will fix itself
  • Good hard use axe, poor customer service.

    James Zuhlke, 4/5/2017 Beautiful felling axe, well made but not a gransfors bruks or a wetterlings. The bit is not completely straight and the head is not seated as well as I would like, but it is still solid after felling a few trees. I sanded the handle quite a bit to thin it out, put four coats of boiled linseed oil on it, and made a heavy duty sheath out of some scrap leather from an equestrian supply store. Its nice enough to be proud of, but not nice enough to not put to hard use. I had waited over a month to receive this item from garret wade after I was told it was shipped, twice, when it was in fact on back order. Probably the worst customer service I have ever had to deal with. Next time I will call to verify the the product I'm ordering is actually in stock, because the website is not updated frequently.

    Response By: Garrett Wade Tech Department
    Thank you for posting a review on the German Convex-Edge Axe. Please accept our sincerest apologies for the misleading information you received from our customer service department. We will be looking into how and why this happened, as it should not have.
  • Wow! I Mean Wow!

    Charles O'Neal, 11/26/2014 Wow! I bought this axe for the history alone and I must say how thrilled I was when the axe showed up at my door as promised and I was able to play" with it immediately. The razor sharp edge shaved the hair off my arm right out of the box! I used it to fell a small 10" tree that afternoon. It felt good in my hands and perfectly weighted for easy chopping. Although I fly jets for a living, my great grandfather and great uncle were blacksmiths. So were their fathers. Looking at the hammer marks on the head made a connection with me and my heritage. I show everyone my axe who will stand still long enough for me to retrieve it from my shop. I really want the splitting axe now!!
    Rate & Review Grand Prize $100 Winner November 2014 Rate & Review Grand Prize $100 Winner. Congratulations, Charles!!
  • No Substitute For Experience

    Mark, 1/23/2014 I have seen and used many axes in my time. I have come to see that you can have the best tools made but if you don't know how to use them then they will not work right Mr. Jacksonville FL.! This does not make the tool defective it just means you need to learn how to use it properly. These are some of the finest axes I have found I have a limbing axe but I am planning on getting the felling axe!
  • Actually Met The Blacksmith In Germany

    BWFurniture, 11/4/2013 I met the blacksmith that makes these axes by chance while traveling in Bavaria. He is in fact a great craftsman continuing a family tradition is a very old shop. He was kind enough to give me and a family member a free patch knife for hunting after talking with him about his trade. Quality all around with this craftsman.
  • Great tool

    Eric K, 1/6/2012 I received this axe as a Christmas gift and have used it to limb trees. It is well balanced and fits the hand properly. It cut beautifully right out of the box and cleared a nice area for my daughter and I as we went out on our first official" hunting expedition in the woods of upstate NY. I'm quite pleased with the workmanship and look forward to putting this axe to good use on our land as well as on camping/backpacking trips."
  • Wunderbar!!!

    Tina Liedle, 11/30/2011 I am the director of a Bavarian/Austrian Folk Dance troupe which performs a traditional men's dance, called the Holzhacker (wood chopper). The performers represent Alpine loggers on a cold, winter day. As they dance, they slap their hands and feet to keep warm, then take up their axes and chop logs in rhythmic patterns to the music.

    As you may imagine, it was exhilarating to find genuine Bavarian axes on your website! We bought several of them and plan to buy more. We appreciate the superb quality of these axes: the balance and artistic curvature of the handle, designed for smooth, efficient movements, and the natural materials which are not spoiled by stamps and labels. The clean, professional performance of these axes means that we can now give a cleaner and more professional performance as well. The musical ring is a nice touch! We also look forward to putting these axes (and our men) to work on a stack of winter firewood. Thank you for making these authentic, quality axes available to us!
    Rate & Review Honorable Mention $50 Winner November 2011 Rate & Review Honorable Mention $50 Winner. Congratulations, Tina!!"
  • Very Nice

    Mark, 5/28/2011 I bought the larger axe and have only used it briefly to test the balance and heft and from what I can tell it's a great tool. The convex blade doesn't get wedged in the wood when chopping, which makes for more efficient cutting. And besides, it feels good in my hands.
  • A Work Of Art

    Christopher Conti, 3/30/2011 I know axes, and this one is perfection. Every hammer mark is a sign of the care taken in its creation. The European head shape gives so much cutting length, they can even be used for general camp cutting and slicing chores.
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