I have designed an axe we have named the Birler which is in production with CRKT as part of their ‘Forged by War’ series, you can go to the page on their website here: http://www.crkt.com/forged-by-war
I’m very proud to be part of this series of products. Blacksmithing and bladesmithing has helped a number of veterans I know and my life today is certainly much better for having found blacksmithing when I did. I’m very happy to be able to give back and put a portion of the proceeds of the sales of the Birler axes to the Green Beret Foundation.
This is a Danish style broad axe. It has a 5 in. bit and is 6 in. from pol to bit. It is 1-1/8 in. wide at the pol and weighs 1 lb. 3 oz.. The axe head is hand forged from mild steel with a high carbon steel bit forge welded in. The handle is made of white ash with a linseed oil beeswax finish and is 38 in long.
I make forging hammers from 1045 steel and have been giving some of them faces for a few years now. The carving starts out with the hammerhead hot so that I can get nice deep chisel marks and then I finish up by chasing in the final details cold. Here’s a video of a heat where I’m using punches and chisels to make an eye and the nostrils:
Here’s the hammerhead in the video a bit further along –