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★ ★ ★ ★ ★Beautiful Axe
I purchased this beautiful axe from Maurice around 18 months back and it's been a superb tool to work with. It is relatively heavy (800g) for smaller greenwood work but for power strokes and quick removal of excess, its 5.5" cutting edge is terrific, particularly the way the bit is curved above the eye. 'Choked-up', it can also be remarkably subtle, if used with deft strokes. It's become my main working axe and, is so good, I'm contemplating getting an asymmetric right grind version. My only tiny criticism is that, for my moderately large hands at least, the handle is little small - maybe 3-4mm extra in girth would be perfect, but that's a very personal wish! Svante Djarv makes some exceptional tools and this is one of them, razor sharp, good edge retention, you won't be disappointed with this axe.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★A pleasure to use
My 2 main axes used on a daily basis are the Gransfors Large Carving Axe and Large Carving Hatchet (right grind for both). The Svante Djarv Little Viking Axe bridges this gap both on functionality and weight wise. The handle is thinner than the Gransfors large carving axe which fits beautifully in my hand and together with being perfectly balanced this axe is a pleasure to use.
The right ground version of the Svante Djarv axe is not like a Gransfors right grind as it is more like an extended bevel width on one side so it is not quite as aggressive as the Gransfors, so it takes a little adjusting to get your cutting angle spot on to begin with.
Overall I would say if you wanted a very comfortable professional axe to use on a daily basis for small-medium projects such as spoons it is the best i have tried to date.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★Wonderful carving axe !!!
I have had my SD for a couple weeks now and absolutely love it. Weight is perfect. The handle shape is great for doing really fine work or switching your grip to get that really good slicing and chopping action. It holds an edge well. This is one of the lower priced carving axes out there and the quality is great. Shipping to the US was a little over a week and Woodsmith also has great customer service so you can't go wrong.