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Announcing the Bushman Axe by Survivorman Les Stroud

Celebrity outdoorsman Les Stroud is set to release a new line of hand forged axes created in partnership with the oldest axe factory in Sweden, Wetterlings.

World-­renowned for their quality, durability and design for over 130 years, Wetterlings axes are made to last even the toughest outdoor lifestyle. That’s why Les Stroud is partnering with Wetterlings to release his new line of hand-forged axes called The Bushman by Survivorman Les Stroud.

Wetterlings craftsmen continue the time-­consuming tradition of axe forging that began in the early 1880s. When you buy a Wetterlings axe, you know it was forged and shaped by hand using old hammer presses and tools, some almost 100 years old. The traditional anvil is made of high-grade Swedish steel, hardened and tempered to Rockwell 57 – 58 and hand finished in fine detail. This is a task that demands patience and time and is totally dependent on the honed skills of the Wetterlings blacksmith. The handles are carved from American hickory. All axes are supplied with custom-­‐made leather sheaths.

In his own words, Les explains, “The legendary reputation of Swedish axes has never been lost on me. I have used them through all of my adventures and travels in the wilderness. So when I was asked to design a beautiful, hand made wooden axe with Wetterlings, I jumped at the chance. It’s an opportunity to create my own legacy by joining an already existing great legacy. Wetterlings has made it easy to design an axe that reflects my ideals of craftsmanship, aesthetics and functionality.”

The Bushman by Survivorman Les Stroud is unique as it is both an axe and a hammer. The wedge shaped head ensures extreme splitting power. The long, broad blade is good for felling or carving. The neck is a distinct hammer and good for driving pegs. A notch for your fingers makes it easy to be very detailed and get nice cuts when doing precision work. The handle is long enough to be a two-hand axe for wood splitting and felling.

The Bushman by Survivorman Les Stroud will be available for purchase worldwide in November 2012.

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