Sunday, 10 June 2012

Gransfors Small Forest Axe

I've had my SFA for a number of years now and have enjoyed more or less trouble free use of the axe over the years, the only problems being ones i made for myself, like dinging the edge on a piece of iron that was hidden in a piece of wood i was chopping, OK not truly my fault as the metal was invisible from the outside with no hint of it's existence being shown on the exterior of the log, it was just one of those things.

I did fall out of love with the SFA for a while as i got a Wildlife Hatchet and being the new the new toy at the time, the Hatchet got a lot of use and the SFA was, well, not forgotten about, but less favoured for a while.

It didn't take long to rediscover the SFA though, whilst the Wildlife is a superb tool, the SFA has that little bit of extra weight that makes some jobs a lot easier and with the longer helve, a lot safer, i also favour the SFA over the Wildlife for some of my wood carving as the extra head weight, i find is a benefit, rather than a hindrance, sure, until you get used to the weight of it, you can and will suffer from fatigue, but if you listen to your body and follow safe practice, if you get tired or start to suffer arm pump/hand cramps - take a break before you hurt yourself, as this axe, as indeed any axe, will bite you as much as it bites into wood.

Of course, the SFA is legendary amongst the Bushcraft community (thanks to Mr Mears) and with good reason, sure it's is an expensive tool, but it's a great tool, and OK, a lot of people who own one will never use it the tool to it's full ability, i know i don't,  is it the be all and end all of axes?, not by any means, i have a cheap as chips Amtech axe with a bright yellow fibreglass handle that cost me £3.00 and in the right hands it's just as capable as the SFA and it doesn't hurt anywhere near as much if you damage the Amtech, but making and doing things with the SFA, just feels, well - right in so may ways.

1 comment:

  1. I agree, the SFA is a wonderful tool. Very balanced and capable of a lot more than you would give it credit for at first glance.
    Not long ago I treated myself to it's bigger brother, the Scandinavian Forest axe. And it is amazing how much difference a little bit of weight and a longer handle make for the chopping power of an axe.