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Garrett Wade Forest Axe

powerful german-made chopping tool

A product of our partnership with a 3rd generation forge in Germany.  The Forest Axe is a full-sized tree chopper with a 31" Ash handle, a red steel safety collar and an extra thick neck.  The Forest Axe is a hefty, full-sized tree chopper with a 31" handle, a 5 1/2" long cutting edge and an extra stout neck. This is the biggest axe in our selection, with its 8 1/2" head (from edge to poll) inches longer than comparable axes. When you hold this axe, you just know it's up to all of your felling and limbing tasks. It feels substantial in the hand—but not too heavy. The added heft of the longer and thicker head creates momentum on the swing, making the job go quicker. The woodchips will be flying. The handle is European ash, a wood traditionally used for long tool handles for its durability and shock resistance. (The same reasons ash is commonly used in baseball bats). A red steel safety collar protects the top of the handle from potential damage caused by overstrikes. Made to our specifications in Germany by a well-respected foundry. Highly recommended. An excellent value.

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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Our Maker

We wanted to share with you an inside look at a 4th generation family business that makes some of our best garden digging tools and most of our axes, hatchets, and clearing tools. 

It’s located in Germany near Heidelberg, not far from the Rhine River. The factory and forge are run by Tobias runs with his wife Dovile. In my 30+ years of being in the tool business, I’ve learned the exceptional people are those who always have an eye out for quality and can easily discuss both the use of the tools, the process of making them, as well as the craftsman who work for them. Tobias fit that mark perfectly – it’s in his blood. 

From the Hickory handles sourced in the USA to the forges powered by wood waste the details are considered. 


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