The 50cm pack-axe is the most useful and versatile type of hatchet imho.

Biggest one handed, smallest two handed, lots of punch, always packable, useable in dense bush and still capable around camp.


Most I know about axes I got to learn from collecting, studying and restoring vintage ones with files and stones.

This Vintage Swedish axe head was really rusty but luckily underneath I found amazing steel and geometries.


49cm overall.

40cm usable handle.

1,1kg total weight.

9cm edge length.

Banana Ground to 25 degrees with convex polished microbevel.

Repaired poll, amazing balance, keeping the head almost horizontally.

Swedish hickory handle, recarved and Yaki finish.

Nice mushrooming on the hafting job.


Lots of punch in a compact head that will limb and buck amazingly.

Restored for another lifetime on a perfectly grained hickory haft.

Vintage Swedish Axe