Historically, the ax has almost been made alongside a first knife. Already in the Stone Age, axes were made of broken pebbles and used for all kinds of survival work, from the distribution of food to the extraction of roots. Much later in the Viking Age, the ax was a symbol of strength and status. Blacksmiths made them with long handles and relatively thin blades to make them lighter and more comfortable to use in combat.
The ax has also served as a cult object in various cultures. The Stockholm Museum displays a gilded double-bladed clay ax, symbolizing the life cycle. People believe that both blades are reminiscent of two half-months – symbols of endless time, life and death.
Undeniably, over the centuries, these tools have most often been associated with logging work and have experienced the hardest times in the early twentieth century when the first chainsaws were patented, but even today survival hiking enthusiasts and hunters buy hand forged hunting and outdoor axes as they often need to clean their camp site, drill sheds, easily chop fires, break bones, or do other work that can prematurely stun or even damage the knife.
Particularly popular among hunters for cutting the meat and bones is the hand forged meat ax or the so-called shear knife, which in shape is more like a knife, but can also perform the functions of a small ax.
Outdoor and hunting axes vary in size and shape depending on the application, they can be large in size, with long stems, suitable for hunting or farm use, or even small, even belt-wound hiking ax, but they all have a high quality and ability to combine excellent work and aesthetically beautiful tool.
AA Knives offers big range af exclusive and hand crafted axes for every taste made of solid but not fragile steel that can hold its sharpness for a long time. Balanced handles utilize extremely durable and woody materials such as ash or Wenge, which do not expand or shrink under the influence of moisture, making the handles extremely durable, elastic and impact resistant. They have an ergonomic shape, allowing the tool to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand, making work more comfortable and significantly improving grip.