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Wetterlings Small Clearing Axe 26" Overall with 6" Cutting Edge - 311

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Part Number: SAW311
Manufacturer: Wetterling Axes
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SAW311: Clearing Axe
Wetterling Axes are hand forged from Swedish quality steel alloyed from iron, carbon, silicon, manganese and vanadium. Hand forging uses presses that deliver many blows, making the axe edges stronger than if they were drop forged. The special axe steel alloy makes high quality hardening possible. After grinding, hardening and tempering, the Wetterling axes keep a Rockwell hardness of 57-58. These are the main reasons the Wetterling axes hold a keen edge with good "sting" longer than most axes. The handles are lathed from American hickory. The best stress capacity and resistance to blows makes hickory the wood of choice for good axe handles. The Wetterlings Small Clearing Axe is 26" overall with a 6" cutting edge and 20" handle. It is shipped with a blade cover and weighs 2 lbs.
Wood Handles
Wood Handles
Provides a traditional, natural look and feel to a modern tool. Wood absorbs shock well and is popular in axe handles.
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Maine, USA
Jun 01, 2014
Pros: Handle Material, None
Cons: Weight, Head Material, Construction
Sadly, not much of a tool
I bought one of these several years ago to clear brush from woods trails and a steep portion of lawn where birches and oaks frequently take hold. My desire was to cut off brush and saplings up to 50mm diameter close - and square - to the ground, without having to bend over a lot. The thin blade is held in tension like a bowstring or bowsaw blade by the compressed "C" frame. There's not a lot of weight on the cutting edge, so it swings easily, but it also doesn't store any inertia, so there's little cutting power to the stroke, and much of it is returned as bounce, away from the sapling. I could cut standing mostly upright, but the angle left sharp stakes for stumps, which had to be processed again to get them square to the ground so as not to present an impalement hazard. This thing talks a good story on a catalogue page or website but, in practice, I found it just doesn't work nearly so well as a good, sharp hatchet (Fiskars/Gerber) or short machete. It may make a satisfactory replacement for a scythe in a grain field. For brush cutting, my advice is don't buy it; don't sell it.
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