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As is always the case with anything from Gransfors Bruk the head is exceptional. I was expecting the handle to be textured for grip, as shown in the picture, but what I wasn’t expecting was for it to look quite so unfinished and rough to the touch with visible sharp splinters sticking out. Nothing that hasn’t been sorted out with a light rubbing down with some fine sandpaper and quite a few coatings of boiled linseed oil. The handle is now smooth to the touch, but still textured to give a good extra level of grip over a plain smooth handle. What has been a disappointment though has been the quality of the leather sheath, which is half the thickness of what I received with my Small Forest Axe and Wilderness Axe. I would say 2mm if not thinner. For the price paid I would expect something fit for purpose, which I don’t consider this to be. In a strange twist to fate the sheath for the SFA fits well, so I will be looking for a custom sheath for the SFA and will just swap this one out. The head weight to handle length is perfect for single hand use, and the hatchet performs excellent for splitting small-medium size rounds down for the log burner. Overall I would say the functionality and head quality outweigh the negative aspects which I’ve found on this occasion, and I would recommend, but just be aware that the fit and finish is not in the same league as my other forest axes.
Phil Mountford25th May, 2020