The Robin Wood axe is the perfect axe for someone starting carving work or for teachers who want a set of ten for courses. For many years there has not been a good axe available that came sharp and ready to use for less than £70, these axes work really very well indeed. The heads are drop forged abroad but ground and honed by Brian Alcock the last professional grinder in Sheffield. I have the hickory handles made in the UK to my design they have a good grippy knurled finish and are treated with linseed oil. They also make a great axe for bushcraft or camp use. The weight of the head is 500g and the total weight 760g (1lb 11oz), handle length is 13.5″ (34cm). This is a good weight and size of axe that I find most folk can use easily without getting tired but is still heavy enough to remove wood quickly.
The axes come razor sharp and ready to use but eventually you will need to sharpen it yourself. This video shows the method I use.
This video shows the axe compared to two commonly used axes by Gransfors Bruks and also shows it in use carving a spoon blank.