Forged axe is a blend of sculptural forms and steel edge sharpness.
The first axe is Slavo- Baltic axe of 10 century AD. It’s main purpose is wood hewing and that’s why it is popular among wood craftsmen and artists. It has wide neck, wide blade, and distinctive butt with two moustaches projecting up and down which provides very reliable handle fixation as a result of increased length in the plane of blade movement path.
The second type is a Carpathian axe of 16-18 centuries. This one is rather an universal axe, that ideally suits for tourists, hunters, etc. It is good for wood splitting or felling down a small tree. The axe has an oblong butt, which is can be used as a hammer (for example, driving stakes to the ground.) This type of axe in variations is found amongst many Carpathian ethnoses (Ukrainians, Romanians, Polish, Hungarians, Slovaks).
Both types of axes are made by split forge welding of the high carbon edge into the main mild steel body. This technique allows for a 100 % crack proof axe eye while having the cutting edge as hard as it should be. Also this eliminates the unwanted vibrations transmission from the axe head to the handle, suppressed by the soft main body of the axe.
The handle for both axes is self-wedged (handle bottom passed through the eye top and wedged by the thickening on top handle end). This ancient type of handle fixation is still preserved in the Carpathian Mountains where I live and preferred to all other types because of its dependability (the axe head never fells off the handle).
The axe blade can be decorated with chisel cut traditional ornaments and provided with custom handmade leather case.
Below is the gallery of the axes I have made in the recent years.