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The Robin Wood axe

4.67 out of 5 based on 15 customer ratings
(15 customer reviews)

£39.00

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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 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. 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.

15 reviews for The Robin Wood axe

  1. Shudokan@btconnect.com
    5 out of 5

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    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.
    Mick

  2. norsegarth@aol.com
    5 out of 5

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

  3. atropos92@gmail.com
    5 out of 5

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    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. jessesb87@yahoo.com
    5 out of 5

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    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. a.caldwell2@sky.com
    5 out of 5

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    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. jim.byron@yahoo.co.uk
    5 out of 5

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    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. jamiecameron373@gmail.com
    5 out of 5

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    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. fakebs@msn.com
    3 out of 5

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

  9. roger352@sky.com
    5 out of 5

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    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.

  10. paulfisher1960@yahoo.com
    5 out of 5

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    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

  11. i.baird735@btinternet.com
    5 out of 5

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    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.

  12. tresramirez09@yahoo.com
    5 out of 5

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    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!

    Tres

  13. david@bsimages.wanadoo.co.uk
    4 out of 5

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    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.

    • robin@robin-wood.co.uk

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      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.

  14. davidkeithprice1973@icloud.com
    3 out of 5

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    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.
    Thankyou.

    • robin@robin-wood.co.uk

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      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.

  15. acidrich@mac.com
    5 out of 5

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    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.

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