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DICTUM Sickle Cleaver

DICTUM Sickle Cleaver

This tool is designed for clearing undergrowth and containing rank growth. Due to its long cutting edge, you can also cut thorny wood with up to 2 cm branch diameter from a safe distance. The handmade ashwood handle with its rounded end...
     
€109.00

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Article No. 708360

DICTUM Forest Hatchet

DICTUM Forest Hatchet

This forest hatchet with typical German head shape, standard since 1935, has a long cutting edge with a slight slope. This ensures a high level of accuracy, making it ideal for limbing small trunks. The double-bent crowbar handle ensures...
     
€99.90

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Article No. 708470

DICTUM Splitting Axe

DICTUM Splitting Axe

Thanks to the very rounded head shape, our hand-forged splitting axe is outstanding at splitting. The notch on the underside of the head and the bulge on the upper side are adapted from a historical South German axe shape that can only...
     
€125.90

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Article No. 708472

DICTUM Forest Axe

DICTUM Forest Axe

The heavy version of the forest hatchet with a 980 g head weight and long handle has more than proven itself as a versatile axe for forestry work. The typical German head shape, standard since 1935, with long cutting edge and slight...
     
€112.90

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Article No. 708471

DICTUM Hand Hatchet

DICTUM Hand Hatchet

Hand hatchet for making kindling and for small jobs around the garden. Thanks to its compact size, it can easily fit in backpacks for outdoor activities.
     
€98.50

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Article No. 708475

DICTUM Bushman Axe

DICTUM Bushman Axe

This multi-functional hand-forged axe has proved its worth in the wilderness. The small wedge angle at the compact axe head is perfect for felling or limbing small trunks. A straight handle allows precise strokes with the hammer surface.
     
€115.00

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Article No. 708476

DICTUM Felling Axe

DICTUM Felling Axe

Hand-forged felling axe for universal use. The popular Harzer head shape, widely used since 1930, was found to be one of the best head shapes in early forestry tests and was common throughout Germany before the chain saw was invented....
     
€131.90

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Article No. 708477

DICTUM Splitting Maul

DICTUM Splitting Maul

Solid splitting maul with 2.3 kg head weight for splitting large cross-sections and knotty pieces of wood. The notch on the underside of the head and the bulge on the top are modelled on a historical South German axe shape that can only...
     
€151.90

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Article No. 708478

€19.00

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Article No. 715207

DICTUM Polled Outdoor Axe, with Standard Leather Sheath

DICTUM Polled Outdoor Axe

Hand-forged axe with tomahawk-shaped blade and solid hammerhead. The tapered axe eye and the handle that thickens towards the head ensure a safe joint that can be separated if necessary. In this way, the axe head can be easily...
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€114.00

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Article No. 708479

DICTUM Hammer Hatchet

DICTUM Hammer Hatchet

Optimally balanced, hand-forged hammer hatchet, whose combination of hammerhead and hatchet blade makes it suitable for many uses - from installing battens to trimming small boards or shingles to size. The solid, smooth hammer face...
     
€126.00

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Article No. 708456

DICTUM Broad Axe, Right Bevel

DICTUM Broad Axes

Hand-forged broad axe which, over decades of daily use, has proven to be the most effective tool for hewing logs and beams. Blade with large contact surface allows ultra-smooth surfaces even on large beams Slightly curved blade allows...
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€399.00

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Article No. 708450

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The very first tools!

Expert Knowledge - Hatchets and axes

Types

There are three basic types to be distinguished:

  • Axes and hatchets for cutting

    These tools cut the wood fibres, e.g. for chopping down trees, removing branches, or notching. As a rule, such tools have slender double-bevelled blades with a relatively pointed cutting angle to enable easy breaking into the wood.

  • Axes and hatchets for splitting

    These tools split wood along the direction of the fibres, e.g. for chopping firewood, shingles, split boards, or poles. As a rule, such tools have thick and heavy doublebevelled blades with a relatively blunt cutting angle for high splitting efficiency.

  • Axes and hatchets for cutting and splitting

    These tools are used for the trimming and smoothing of workpieces and for the production of beams, poles, wood for construction, and wooden joints. As a rule, such tools have slender one-sided bevelled blades. Typical examples are the classic broad axes.

Sharpening

As axes are mostly used outside the workshop, a mobile sharpening device such as the DMT folding diamond sharpener (No. 705391) is recommended. It has two different grits and is extremely wear-resistant. You lay the blade of the axe on a solid support, such as a tree trunk, and guide the sharpener with uniform strokes transversely to the cutting edge, while maintaining the bevel angle.

 
Japanese axes

With their laminated forged blades*, Japanese axes are the epitome of the fine art of blacksmithing. The durability and sharpness of the steel along with the well-proportioned axe heads and handles are unmatched!

Features of a Japanese axe:

  • Forged double-layered blades - very hard cutting edges of 58- 60 HRC steel and impact-absorbing soft iron body*
  • Handle of untreated Japanese white oak
  • Handle is set by means of a wooden wedge and an additional metal wedge
  • Each axe comes with a handy sheath
  • (*unless otherwise stated)
Japanese Hatchets (Ono)

With their multi-layered forged heads made of a lamination of soft shock absorbing iron and hard high carbon steel (58-60 RC), Japanese axes stand for superior edge-holding and sharpening properties.

There are two basic types of traditional Japanese axe heads:

Ono have a wide beard and a narrow throat, making them excellent for hewing and smoothing wood. The concentration of mass towards the cutting edge improves stability and control during use.

Yoki have a slender long head, making them best suited for splitting boards and chopping wood. Both have unvarnished, Japanese white oak handles.

Japanese Hatchets - Ono
Japanese Cleavers (Nata)

Nata are machete-like cutting tools equipped with strong, sharp blades forged from multi-layered steel. In Japan, they are mainly used in the garden for limbing and trimming bushes and shrubs. They can also be used for sculpting wood or even chopping food.

Manufacturers
DICTUM Carpenter’s Axes

»A smith is only as good as the workman who can explain the function of the tool to him«. These high-quality tools are developed in collaboration with our master carpenter and produced in small European forges according to traditional forging techniques.

Features of DICTUM axes and hatchets:

  • Forged by hand
  • Forged of carbon steel (hardness 56-57 HRC*)
  • Practical, tried and tested traditional axe
  • Untreated ash handles made and fitted by hand
  • Handle is set by means of a wooden wedge
  • (* unless otherwise stated)
DICTUM Forest and Outdoor Axes

Our high-quality axes with practical design are produced in small European forges according to traditional forging techniques.

Features of a DICTUM axe:

  • Forged by hand
  • Forged of C-60 carbon steel (hardness 56-57 HRC*)
  • Practical, tried and tested axe shapes
  • Ash handle with a natural Urushi surface for comfortable feel and dirt protection (water-proof, solvent-resistant, extremely ageing-resistant)
  • Handle is set by means of a wooden wedge and an additional metal wedge
  • Each axe comes with premium leather sheath made of vegetable-tanned cowhide*
  • * unless otherwise stated
Gränsfors Bruks

Under the motto »An axe is as good as its smith«, the Swedish company Gränsfors Bruks has been manufacturing top-quality axes for over 100 years.

Features of a Gränsfors axe:

  • Forged by hand under a spring hammer
  • Forged of 56-57 HRC carbon steel
  • 20 years warranty on the axe head
  • Forger's initials on each axe head
  • 20 year warranty on the axe head
  • Oiled axe handles of selected hickory
  • Handle is set by means of a wooden wedge
  • Each axe comes with premium leather sheath
  • Includes manual
Wetterlings Axes

Wetterlings in Sweden has been making hand-forged axes from premium carbon steel since 1880.

Features of a Wetterlings axe:

  • Forged by hand under a spring hammer
  • Forged of 56-57 HRC carbon steel
  • Lifetime warranty on the axe head
  • Oiled handles of selected hickory
  • Handle is set by means of a wooden wedge
  • Each axe comes with premium leather sheath
Hultafors Axes

Hults Bruk forge in south-east Sweden has been manufacturing premium axes and hatchets since 1697. Having bought the forge, Swedish global enterprise Hultafors is continuing this more than 300-year-old tradition.

Features of a Hultafors axe:

  • Forged by hand under a spring hammer
  • Forged of 56-57 HRC carbon steel
  • Oiled hickory handles
  • Handle is set by means of a wooden wedge and an additional metal wedge
  • Each axe comes with premium leather sheath