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World's Best Axe
"I heard about this Swedish axe while buying tools to clear trees and chip brush on our farm in upstate New York. It worked so much better than any other axe, I wanted to tell other people about it," says Miles Manchester of Joy Brook Farm Tools, Brushton, New York, who now sells the axe which is a combination axe and machete.
The Sandvik Clearing Axe has a thin, cold-rolled, hardened steel blade held in a spring steel bow that's mounted on a hickory handle. It's lightweight and balanced so you can easily swing it with one hand. "It'll cut through a 2-in. branch or tree trunk with one stroke. The blade is just a bit thicker than a nickel so there's less resistance than with a normal axe. It just slices right through the wood," says Manchester.
FARM SHOW editors gave the new axe a tryout and found that it did a great job, particularly for trimming branches off trees or clearing brush. It does the work of a regular axe but is much lighter and cuts faster so you're less tired after using it.
Manchester says he's used his original Sandvik axe for two years and still has the original blade. "It can be easily sharpened with a file. If needed, you can quickly replace the blade with a new one."
The 27-in. long axe weighs just 2 1/2 lbs. Sells for $29.95 plus $4 shipping. Replacement blades sell for $7.95.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Miles Manchester, Joy BrookFarm Tools, Rt. 1, Box 63, Brushton, N.Y. 12916 (ph 518 529-1162).

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1993 - Volume #17, Issue #4