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TOG X Alex Pole Kitchen Axe (715g)
Butchery and Preparation of Fires
With the outdoor kitchen in mind, this hatchet is designed for butchery and preparing meat but also for kindling and making fires. Your axe will be from the first batch of just 12, made by Alex Pole in Dorset using traditional hand forging techniques. The design, like our kitchen knives, takes the best of Japanese and European approaches.
Shown here is a prototype. We will make some improvements before we go into production. These will include modifications to the handle, engraving of number and TOG logo and the addition of a lanyard.
PRE-ORDER NOW. ALEX WILL BE FORGING THESE AXES IN EARLY 2023. THE FIRST BATCH OF 12 IS NOW SOLD, YOUR AXE WILL BE FROM THE SECOND BATCH A LITTLE LATER IN 2023.
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Now based in Bridport, Dorset, Alex Pole has been a blacksmith for over 30 years. His company ‘FORGE KITCHENWARE by Alex Pole’ supplies kitchenware and garden products that are highly sought-after. It is also the only company in the UK making axes. Alex seeks to promote blacksmithing and the makers movement across the UK and to show its relevance in the 21st Century. We love that.
In the spirit of the maker movement, these axes are produced in batches of just 12 pieces using very traditional blacksmithing methods. The shape of the head of the axe and the handle will be determined by individual hammer strikes as they are made, making every one unique. We will number each axe to celebrate this.
Rather than the British design + Japanese craftsmanship found in TOG’s kitchen knives, this axe better represents Japanese design + British craftsmanship. The shape of the head is inspired by traditional Japanese hatchet design, allowing the axe to be held very high up the handle for precise work. The “knob” at the bottom of the handle is a European feature to stop the axe flying out of your hand.
To reflect the copper layer in our kitchen knives, we’ve added a copper wedge into the top of the axe handle. The twin wedges push the wood apart in two different directions, creating an incredibly secure fit between the axe head and handle.