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Helko Traditional Rheinland Pack Axe. The Rheinland Pack Axe is compact, lightweight, and easy to carry while trekking through the wilderness. It is beautifully crafted with a traditional German wide bit woodworker blade. These axes are made in Wuppertal, Germany, near the country’s famous Rhein River Valley. The Rhein is one of Germany’s most prominent geographical features, and has been a historically significant source of trade and growth for civilizations in the region for centuries. Cutting axes like these were a daily necessity for people carving out towns and villages in heavily forested areas along the river. The wide blade makes this axe exceptionally well suited for cutting work, and its compact size makes it a highly versatile and dependable packing tool. While this axe is most efficient at cutting, it will capably handle the splitting work required by your wilderness excursion. Each piece is handcrafted by Helko’s master smiths with over 170 years of expertise. HEAD + Handmade in Germany by Helko’s master smiths + German C45 high grade carbon steel, 53-56 HRC + Open face drop forged, heat treated, and oil-hardened + Helko crown hammered into cheek HANDLE + Crafted in Switzerland from FSC certified Grade A American hickory + Individually selected for grain orientation and density + Hand finished with boiled linseed oil + Traditionally hung with softwood wedge and notched steel ring wedge for maximum security INCLUDED + Premium, vegetable-tanned, welted leather sheath, made in USA + 1oz bottle of Axe-Guard SPECS +Length: 19 in. +Head Weight: 1.5 lb +Total Weight: 2.5 lb +Bit length: 4.25 in. NOTE: Handle colors may vary lighter or darker than photos. Helko Traditional Rheinland Pack Axe