KA Heritage Finnish Billnäs
Rydböm Heritage Collection - Finnish Billnäs 12-3
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 12-3. Endeared for generations throughout Scandinavia becuase of its smaller size and yet hugely productive heft. Further 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.
Shipped up to Quebec, this axe was given a beautiful full burned 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. Striped with a light blue handle detail 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 hair popping sharp edge.
Details of this head include original Billnäs Bruks proof marks and stamp markings, as well as a stamped "J" which I have never seen on a Billnäs head (perhaps an old owners initial?). At any rate, I loved the forge marks, 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! A piece of Heritage.