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Rinaldi Calabria Axe 330N2M
700 gram 1.54lb head
Trimming the handles down to 28" for shipping and use.
(I cut down the handle on my test axe to 26", this gave me the chopping performance of a scandinavian forest axe with a weight that is equal to a small forest axe or 19" bushcraft axe)
Traditional Italian head pattern made to old world standards.
Hand forged wedge shaped head.
These Calabria Axes are blade heavy, but the handle is angled in a way to put your hands in front of the cutting edge when swinging and balances very well. Very aggressive choppers for felling, limbing and bucking.
The pole is still large enough to pound stakes, The head, handle conection is tomohawk style friction fit, These are very easy to rehandle in the field.
Aggressive chopping and the ease of rehandling in the field makes these lighweight axes a great companion in the bush.
Excellent Quality Steel
Made in Italy
Posted by George on 1st Aug 2015
When I first saw this ax on the site I was intrigued, it's made just a few miles from where my Grandfather came from in Calabria, my ancestors probably used this exact pattern.
This ax has the 1 1/2 pound head, which came sharp, with equal grinds. I think I would have preferred the lighter head but it was out of stock, all I "need" is a heavier tomahawk / long hatchet but this will suffice. The head itself is well made, not a polished product but made for work, the steel is hard, telling by the sound a file makes across it. I removed the handle to oil it and had to pound it off pretty hard, that, and chopping a well seasoned hardwood log showed no chips, peens or damage to the steel. How they got the head so tight without marring the handle is beyond me. The poll is definitely good enough for pounding stakes or other persuasions. The handle is not as elegant as the "normal" handle we all are used to, it's rather "flat" and straight as a pin, but not uncomfortable. The wood was a straight grained, type of very hard hardwood and appeared unfinished, the oil barely penetrated but finished it nicely.
I did cut the handle down to 28", still trying to determine if it stays there or to cut a little shorter. So, a down and dirty fire hose sheath and it's ready to go into the pack.
All in all a nice product. Just for fun, go to the manufacturers website, it's in Italian and can be translated, to see all the traditional ax and tool patterns of that region. very interesting!