I'm doing an intensive training course in Wilderness Guiding in SW Finland for the next 10months and I am in need of an axe with a bit more power than my wee Husqvarna hatchet.
But that said, i cannot decide which one to go for - in this vain I have contacted our resident axe god Cegga with regards to one of his works of art, however I need the axe soon as I will be walking through Karelia and Paanajarvi Nat. Park in Russia in 3 weeks, so a Cegga might be off the cards, depending on his waiting time!!
So I need an axe for working! Big enough to be able to easily cut down dead standing woods and some green work for making poles for tents, tarps etc. Also needs to be capable of some proficient splitting for making quick fires, and fueling the multitude of stoves that will be used in the winter (this is an important point, as I want the one axe for all seasons).
All this, plus being of a size that can be carried and a weight that will not cripple my spine. Not so important in the winter as will be using ski's and sledges, but more so for this Russia trip as everything I need will be on my back...
After seeing and using a lot of friends SFA's i have decided against this, it lacks the power I want. So perhaps an LFA/Scandinavian Axe...but from what I have read the profile of the bit is very thin, and i want to be able to split easily - in fact, the splitting and sectioning capability of the axe is far more important that any felling capacity, as we try as much as possible to use already fallen wood, chopping down a tree is the last resort.
As for all the other smiths - Wetterlings, Hultafors, Husqvarna...I just don't have any experience with them...
So any and all recommendations would be much appreciated, especially any that can be bought in Finland, or have cheap shipping to Finland