The Robin Wood axe

4.83 out of 5 based on 30 customer ratings
(30 customer reviews)


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Product Description

A razor sharp axe that will do anything from felling small trees and splitting firewood to splitting kindling but what it really excels at is carving.

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 I treat them 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 sharp and ready to use but eventually you will need to sharpen it yourself. This video shows the method I use. A sheath is available separately and is a good idea to keep the edge safe and sharp.

This video shows the axe compared to two commonly used axes by Gransfors Bruks and also shows it in use carving a spoon blank. These axes have proved extremely popular with many folk preferring them to much more expensive axes, have a look at some of the comments below.

30 reviews for The Robin Wood axe

  1. 5 out of 5


    I was going to buy a gransfors axe and read the review of axes on the robin wood blog which mentioned this axe at the end. At £35 it was worth a look! I ordered late Tuesday and the axe arrived early Wednesday. Straight to the workshop to test and it looks and feels superb, razor sharp and a really nice balanced feel. It will be out in the woods this weekend too but I am pretty sure I do not need to buy a small gransfors axe now. But maybe one of the bigger ones?
    Fantastic product and great service, thank you very much.

  2. 5 out of 5


    Lovely hatchet for the money nice none tiring weight and a good grippy shaft
    couldn’t be happier ……………Cheers

  3. 5 out of 5


    Bought this as a small, light alternative to my other axes that I’d be comfortable taking out of the workshop and using and abusing carving in the field. However, it’s quickly become my go to axe. The dimensions are spot on and it just feels right in the hand.

  4. 5 out of 5


    I used the gransfors carving axe as my main axe, but the weight can be a little taxing at times. The price of this axe made me a little weary, but after using it, I would recommend this axe to anyone. Comes out of the box sharp and is a perfect all around weight. I absolutely love it. After only using it a few times, I know that it will soon be my new favorite tool. Bottom line – Perfect axe for an even more perfect price.

  5. 5 out of 5


    Just as the description says, a great wee axe, I didnt want to spend too much money on a axe until my sharpening skills are good enough but now I wont need to because this axe is good enough, a real bargain for once.

  6. 5 out of 5


    Received the axe 4 days ago and have used it constantly and I must say it is beyond excellent. Super sharp right out the box this little beauty will quickly become my go to axe for bushcraft and carving. The forging is first class and the grind and the shape of the edge allows for much better cutting capability of both green and hardwoods and also for precision cutting for example feather sticks and is better than some dedicated knives for this task. The shape of the handle as well as alignment, fit and finish are also excellent. I would urge anyone contemplating buying this axe to not hang about for they will sell like hot cakes. Excellent value for money and in my estimation better than the Gransfors Bruks wildlife hatchet which is twice the price.

  7. 5 out of 5


    next day delivery is always a bonus . arrived well packed and is very very sharp right out the box. very happy. not 100% sold on the handle design (the texture of it) but i’ll see how it goes. very happy with it though

  8. 5 out of 5


    A Question:
    Robin Wood, does your axe come with a sheath?
    No mention of it in the description, videos, or photos.

    If it does, please add a photo(s) of the sheath.

    • :

      No but there is one available to buy separately.

  9. 5 out of 5


    Robin definitely imagined and produced a Fantastic Axe! Perfect size, weight, shape, steel, and wood handle. I have been carving spoons, bowls, and other wood adventures long enough to buy and use a large variety of big name axes which come with big name price tags, unlike this very affordable axe R.B makes! Not only does Robins’s axe far exceed my expectations, but it quickly claimed its Demanding, Number One, “Go To” Axe Position, in my tool arsenal!!

  10. 3 out of 5


    its halfway decent but id rather stick with swedish steel and its also a little pricy for the lack of sanding on the handle.

  11. 5 out of 5


    There are very few real bargains in life but this is one of them. Excellent product, excellent price and excellent shipping. This axe came out of the box sharp enough to cut the hairs off my fore arm. As a bonus the axe arrived the next day great service. This axe has quickly became my favourite axe to use when bushcrafting and carving. It will do all of the jobs I ask of it and more. It is now attached to my rucksack permanently. As a result this axe will be also used on overland expeditions. A leather sheath would be great just to finish it off.

  12. 5 out of 5


    great axe very good service been using gransfor carving axe with been 5.6 arms dropping off after 30 mins this feels great cared a spoon with in 30 mins of getting it dont want to pout it down
    thanks robin

  13. 5 out of 5


    What can I say but echo the above comments and leave 5 stars behind?! Unbelievably fast delivery (I’d swear Robin had driven from Derbyshire to Dorset on receipt of the order, it was that quick!), and a cracking tool. Of the three carving axes I own, this is my favourite. The quality of the finish on the blade surpasses anything available from the other quality producers. An exceptional tool at a great price. Buy it.

  14. 5 out of 5


    I started out buying a cheap hatchet from Lowes in the US. It worked fine I thought until I received my Robin wood carvers axe! MAN! This thing is awesome! It is so light that it makes accuracy problems flutter away. I highly recommend this product!


  15. 4 out of 5


    I have been carving for years using a Kent pattern axe, but have always wanted a dedicated carving axe that was relatively light. This axe is perfect for my needs and has already produced quite a number of spoons and other craft items in the short time I have had it. My one criticism however is the poor quality of the handle. Mine had a large 3 cm long split/spelk along the grain (sorry cant upload a photo here), which I discovered the painful way. I have carved and sanded it out but it is disappointing to have to do this. This would have been a 5 star review from me otherwise.

    • :

      very sorry to be late replying to this David and to hear through the comments box of the issue with the handle. I always offer full refund or exchange guarantee and would be happy to swap your axe for another if you’d like to get back in touch.

  16. 3 out of 5


    Robin, Ive been an axe/hatchet user for many years now. And just acquired one of yours.
    Its a little unfinished in my opinion which I like. I’ll make a nice sheath for it, and probably file it to a slightly thinner bevel. Before using the stones.
    Can I ask, where do you think the compromise was made, between price and quality?
    And what is the axe tempered to? What is the steel composition?
    I think the weight, style ergonomics,and blade shape are all superb.

    • :

      Dave the steel is EN9 tempered to 59 rockwell. If there is any compromise on quality it is in packaging and presentation that is the area most brands spend more money and it gives customers a warm glow when they receive the product. I could include a sheath at a higher price and will eventually offer that option. Setting the bevel angle is always a compromise, thinner will go through the wood more easily but blunt more quickly. If I was setting bevels up purely for my own use I may go slightly thinner but for most folk less sharpening is better.

  17. 5 out of 5


    Lovely weight and balance, leading to much greater accuracy, in aim and power. Just what I needed for the smaller pieces.

    My previous axe was a cheapy from homebase, similar in size, but way heavier. I gave it a nice Swedish grind and it’s become a great bulk remover. But too heavy for accuracy, and long sessions.

  18. 5 out of 5


    I received my axe today and couldn’t be more pleased. I like to use either hand when chopping, and it’s size and balance is just what I was looking for. Being a total ‘axe-junkie’, your axe rates right up there with the best of them.
    Thanks, Randy
    Iowa, USA

  19. 5 out of 5


    A fine wee chopper! I’ve been using this axe on and off for a few months now and really like the overall design and balance. The size is well judged, feeling friendly and easy to use, but still with real clout for rough carving quickly. The long curved edge and the counterbalance effect of the chunky handle allow me to pivot at the wrist for relaxed, accurate rounded slicing motions during finer carving. The overall effect is a tool that’s beginning to feel like an extension of my arm!

    I have got a good blade mask now from a maker on etsy: Paul Dore bushcraft, but an option here would be helpful.

  20. 5 out of 5


    Just received my axe , couldn’t be more pleased , great weight and balance . The handle finish is spot on can’t wait to use it . Plus it’s finished in England great work Robin .

  21. 5 out of 5


    Great little axe for the money. I’ve drilled a hole for a loop and put on a Turkshead knot to the already grippy handle and ordered a Paul Dore leather axe sheath to complete the job. Very happy!

  22. 5 out of 5


    This is the Mora 106 of axes! Some part of my brain can’t believe it’s this good for the money and I keep thinking I have to spend more. I’ve been lucky enough to compare this with two Gransfors, two Svante Djarvs, a Wetterlings and the Husqvarna, and this seriously topped them all, mainly due to the expert grinding and sharpening. Sits perfectly in the hand with excellent balance, gives excellent sight down to your workpiece and just seems… responsive, if that makes sense.
    I foolishly sold my first to buy a Svante, but have just reversed that process, and with one of the Paul Dore sheaths mentioned above my axe-hunting days are over.
    In short, buy this instead of the £70-£100 big names and have money left over for… more 106s!

  23. 5 out of 5


    I received this axe as part of the full spoon carving kit .It arrived next day and was razor sharp out of the box . i like that the handle has been left unhanded as it offers more grip less chance of slipping.
    i purchased my axe over a month ago and have used it a lot since it keeps it edge very well and is perfect for carving.
    i reckon this is one of those purchases that i made and still can’t believe the price paid i would highly recommend this axe to anyone looking for a carving axe.
    congratulations Robin you have got a winner there and offering it at an affordable price.

  24. 5 out of 5


    I ordered one of these axes from way across the pond (USA). Shipping was very quick, both on Robin Wood’s end and getting through customs. Axe head had a little residue on it from shipping protection, but this was easily cleaned off with a little alcohol. Head shape and weight are excellent. Handle shape is also excellent, though mine will require some sanding and finishing, though this would have happened regardless. My shipment had some issues, but these were quickly and professionally handled. All in all, the customer service was superb and earns Robin Wood an A++ rating. I much prefer to order from sources I know to be safe and reliable in customer support. I additionally ordered a sheath from Paul Dore. Mine required some slight stretching to fit, but is of top notch quality and looks amazing. Thanks!

  25. 5 out of 5


    Great ax. Great balance. I think the handle equals the head in design and craftsmanship. I was a little puzzled by the complaints about the handle. I like the texture and the grip. If thats not your thing then it would be easy to make a few passes with a spokeshave and smooth it out.

    John – From the Great State of Kansas.

  26. 5 out of 5


    I’ve visited a few friends with axes to try theirs out, and never found one that felt quite right in my hand — too heavy, handle too thick or thin, weird balance… I thought I’d take a gamble on this one and it arrived this afternoon. The handle size is excellent for my hand, the weight is ideal and with a quick wipe of 220-grit I like the texturing of the handle. I may adjust the handle a little as the axe and I get used to each other, but right now it feels pretty good. Wicked sharp right out of the box, too. I took a break from making chips out in the shop to come in and share my happiness with this tool. I’ll definitely need to work up some new muscles, since I’m new to green woodwork after decades of furniture and cabinet making and turning, but what a lovely tool to learn with!

  27. 5 out of 5


    Received my RW Axe this afternoon, here in the Pacific Northwest of the USA, about as far from the UK as one could be. Local forests are Fir, Hemlock, Spruce & Cedar…mixed with Maple and Alder. The Axe has found a welcome home. It is, in a word, stunning. Beautiful jewel-like grind, lovely slicing curve, deftly finished. “Razor sharp” is a quaint descriptive. The axe isn’t…and you wouldn’t want it to be. It’s as sharp as it should be and still be strong enough to keep that edge without danger of failing given the hardness and toughness of the steel. The Hickory handle is world class…tight, even, perfect grain…the head is hung with precision. If it’s one degree out of true I can’t detect if. Wood to metal fits very well. Handle shape is brilliant and the texturing is wonderful. In terms of bushcrafting – a hatchet is something for camp to split kindling. This baby is a cutter, not a splitter…lean and mean, light and agile…it should be on your belt, with you at all times. All in all it had me from the unboxing. PS: I ordered one of Paul Dore’s sweet Axe masks for it. So anyway, if you see an old grizzled character meandering down the lane with a gleaming Hatchet clutched in his arms muttering, “my precious, my precious”… that’ll be me. It’s just that good.

  28. 5 out of 5


    Just had my new axe arrive here in france, have to say I’m really impressed with it, razor sharp out of the box, (actually cut my hand taking the protective plastic/ card etc off) perfect weight and a joy to use, the price is just fantastic, as good as axes double the price, just without the fancy packaging. thanks again.

  29. 5 out of 5


    Well I ordered yesterday one one of the carving axes and sheaths and today it turned up, can’t get better service than that, relatively light weight so pefect for carving but any heavier work would need a bigger axe, handle is quite rough and not to my taste but nothing a bit of sandpaper won’t solve, the actual axe head is well designed and very sharp, the axe sheath although simple is functional but the edges where the whelt is could maybe neated up a little with a bit if work with a bevel tool to make it more rounded and less sharp, I would definitely recommend robins tools to anyone thinking of purchasing.

  30. 5 out of 5


    Just received this quality tool today. Can’t believe how sharp it is and how great it looks. The weight is just about perfect. I also ordered the sheath which is also high quality. I can’t wait to start using it. Appears to be well worth the price.

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