Some people are surprised to find that there are still people forging fine axes, one at a time, the old fashioned way, right here in the USA. One such place is Wilderness Ironworks.
Their new pack axe, the Wilderness Axe, is quite unique in its size and shape. It has a bit shape that is very reminiscent of a carpenters axe with its more straight cutting edge and undercut bit for fine work. It’s size (7″ head, 4.5″ bit, 18″ haft) is similar to one of my favorites, the Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe except the Wilderness Axe weighs about 3/4 of a pound less at 2 1/4 pounds. That is quite light for an axe of this size.
Everything about this axe is hand crafted. Wilderness Ironworks forges the heads and hand carves the hafts. The result is a very attractive axe.
Check out the Wilderness Axe at Wilderness Ironworks.