: Axe's sandblasted and clear-lacquered ironwork has a notch in the head near the shaft, allowing you to hold a hand directly above the edge while cutting. The head is hand-forged and made from Swedish axe steel using traditional methods in use since 1697. The forging is done with several strokes, increasing its density and thereby the durability of the axe. It has a clear tempered zone within which the axe can be sharpened whilst not detracting from the strength of the edge. The straight shaft is curved and made from hickory and treated with linseed oil.