Axes

Raven Tools: Hand-forged tools by Stark Raven Studios

Axes

This is our line of specialty axes for woodworking and wilderness use.

Look for more designs to come.


Our axes are all forged by hand using traditional tools and techniques. We also hand-carve each handle from native white ash or yellow birch, and make the leather sheaths that come with every axe. 

This is a painstaking and time-consuming process, and a labor of love.

We anticipate a lead time of 9 months from time of order to delivery.

We hope to be able to shorten lead times by spring 2017.


Coming  in 2018

Kiev Axe

This is a custom axe I completed in June of 2015. Ever since, I've been wanting to include a simpler version (leaving out the extra decorative work on the axe head and the carved handle) in my lineup.

Right now, I'm swamped with pending jobs, but I hope to be caught up by spring of 2017. At that point, I want to produce some tools to keep in stock to improve turnaround time on orders, and develop some new designs as well. This will be one of them.


Scandinavian Carving Hatchet

Developed with spoon carvers in mind and designed along traditional Scandinavian lines, the head of this carving hatchet weighs 24 oz and can be ordered with a 14" ash handle or without, so you can carve your own.

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The Little Shaver

Having had a few requests for a lighter version of our Scandinavian Carving Hatchet, we've developed the Little Shaver. It has the same geometry and cutting characteristics as its bigger cousin, but the head weighs only 18 oz. This saves effort and fatigue, making carving a little bit easier, so you can work longer before tiring out. It's also a great choice if you're new to carving with a hatchet.

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75.00
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from 155.00
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Polissoirs!

We also make and sell burnishers to put a fine finish on your woodworking projects. They can be used to put a subtle sheen on unfinished wood, or to apply and polish a wax finish.

Please note: our burnishers usually take 2 weeks or less from time of order to delivery.

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Early Norse Belt Axe

This ax is based on Scandinavian axes dating to the 7th to 9th centuries, from just before and into the first half of the Viking period. It's designed to suit the same purposes as our Viking Belt Axe: it's the right size and weight for a tomahawk or throwing axe, and it's a great axe for camp chores.

The head of this ax weighs 18 oz and it can be ordered alone or with a 19" ash handle.

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60.00
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from 125.00
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Viking Belt Axe

This ax is based on the style of some Scandinavian axes dating mostly to the latter part of the Viking period (8th - 11th century). It's sort of a baby brother (sister?) to our Bearded Axe, and is designed to suit the same purposes of our Early Norse Belt Axe -- it's the right size and weight for a Viking-style tomahawk or throwing axe, and it's a great axe for camp chores, with a style that makes it stand out among other tools made for these purposes.

The head of this ax weighs 18 oz and it can be ordered alone or with a 19" ash handle.

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60.00
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from 125.00
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Customized Tool Handles

40.00

Any tool we sell that has a wooden handle can be personalized by adding a simple design of your choice. This option includes such designs as initials, monograms, and ciphers; names; simple lettering designs up to 8 characters; and simple line art.

Other decorative options are available, such as carving and/or woodburning and kolrosing in more intricate designs, or lengthy inscriptions. Please contact us to inquire about those possibilities and appropriate pricing.

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Bearded Axe

This is an axe in Scandinavian style, useful for general puropses including limbing, bucking and felling, and splitting small stock without too many large knots. With a relatively light 2 lb. head measuring about 7" long with a 5" cutting edge, it's an ideal camp axe or limbing ax.

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100.00
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from 195.00
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