KA Heritage Billnäs
Rydböm Heritage Collection - Finnish Billnäs 12-2
From Dave's Personal Collection
Hand forged in Billnäs Bruks circa 1920 - 1940, in Billnäs Finland. Located in Estonia and imported to the K.A. shop where Dave has restored and refaced this example of one of Billnäs Bruks most beloved model, the 12-2. Endeared for generations throughout Scandinavia because of its smaller to medium head size and yet hugely productive heft.
Restoration and hand work by Dave included the following: poll was refaced and the collar squared and resurfaced prior to stripping, giving the head a two-tone finish, done by wire stripping and buffing. The resulting look also highlights the lamination line of hardend high carbon cutting edge into the main head. The cheeks on this head were thinned down a bit do optimize cutting angles and a razor sharp slack belt edge finishes things off with a strengthend yet hair popping working edge.
Shipped up to Quebec, this axe was given a beautiful 3/4 sleeved 24.5" white ash haft by axe specialist Trinity Boletus. This is about 4"or 5" longer than traditional, but I feel further increases the usability and axe head speed. Paint detailed upon it's arrival back in the shop with a heritage logo done in Finnish blue for a further nod to the Finnish origins of this piece, it is now ready for a new lifetime of use. A hand fabricated leather snap sheath was also custom made specficaly for this axe while in Quebec to protect the edge.
Details of this head include original Billnäs Bruks proof marks and stamp markings, as well as the Rydböm Heritage logo etched into the poll. This axe also showed unique scarring, and impact tattoos that give so much character to this particular head. From Finland to Estonia, and now into the USA...how many lives has this thing touched and what work has it done? Truly a generational piece! Another piece of Heritage...this one is direct from Dave's personal collection, taken right off the office wall.