Helko Classic Forester Axe

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Amazon Price: $164.00 $164.00 (as of May 26, 2018 11:10 am – Details). Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Helko Classic Forester Axe

The Classic Forester is a versatile, reliable general purpose wood axe. The 3.5 lb. head is an ideal weight for medium duty splitting and cutting work. This axe is the next in line when a little more power is needed than a compact boy’s axe. The head is ground and polished to a mirror finish which reduces friction when cutting and improves rust resistance. The handle is crafted from sustainable sourced American hickory, and is lightly lacquered. Length 31.5 in and Head Weight 3.5 lbs

Helko classic forester german axe
blades are hardened to the German DIN 7287 B manufacturing standard.

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Each piece is handcrafted by Helko Master Smiths with over 170 years of expertise. Once the smith is satisfied with his work, the Helko crown logo is hammered into the head. No supplementary work, such as grinding, buffing, or painting is performed, thereby allowing each blade to proudly display its forging marks. As no two pieces are exactly alike, each axe is truly unique. Helko has earned a reputation for making best axes in the world

The Classic line is a premium set of felling axes and hatchets that meld versatility, functionality, and aesthetics into a truly unique and eye-catching tool. These axes are an ideal choice for those in search of a general purpose axe that is both stylish and effective. After the head is forged and heat treated, it is ground and polished to a highly reflective mirror finish that reduces friction when cutting and improves rust resistance. Each handle is hand crafted in Switzerland from sustainably sourced and FSC certified (Forest Stewardship Council) American hickory. The blades are hardened to the German DIN 7287 B manufacturing standard. These finely crafted masterpieces are equally suited for both serious use and majestic display.
  • Made in Germany
  • German C45 high grade carbon steel
  • Head is polished to a mirror finish
  • Handle is hand crafted in Switzerland from sustainably sourced and FSC certified American hickory
  • Handle is individually selected for grain orientation and density
  • Lightly lacquered handle with leather loop by the grip
  • Wooden wedge with additional steel ring wedge
  • Drop forged, heat treated, and oil-hardened
  • Includes Helko North America leather sheath, made in USA
  • Includes 1oz bottle of Axe-Guard protective oil, made by Slip 2000


Head Weight:      3.5 lbs
Total Weight:       5 lbs
Handle Length:   31.5 in

Customer Reviews

Cant wait.

 on April 28, 2018
By This guy
So I ordered this as a finale axe for my set of axes. It came with an edge that left me wanting more, dull and a bit of a rolled edge but with a quick file and some wet stone work it is now sharp. However the finish of the bit is a bright polish with some sort of a clear coat.However I do feel the craftsmanship shows it appears to be well hung but and while I do like a sweedish style hung axe this one should be just fine. I will let you know if I run into any problems.

Very Nice

 on September 3, 2017
By Hanale
I waited a few weeks for Amazon to have this Axe back on there site, I was going to order it direct from the company. This axe came in sharp, just need a little work on it. If you are looking for an axe that’s fictional and a piece of art. You got it in this tool.

Helko Axe

 on November 14, 2017
By Richard Kyle Selby
Highest Quality Axe. Excellent product and delivered on time and as described.

delivered on time best quality ax that i have ever bought I’m planning …

 on April 23, 2018
By carolr323
delivered on time best quality ax that i have ever bought I’m planning on buying another but smaller camping one will definitely recommend this product to anyone.Anyone who doesn’t like this doesn’t know anything about axes.

Very pleased. The head is beautifully finished with a ready-to-use …

 on June 30, 2017
By Martin P. Shaw
Very pleased. The head is beautifully finished with a ready-to-use edge. The handle is nicely finished as well. I will be using it in a couple weeks.

Solid Axe for Price Point

 on October 19, 2015
By boston
Novice to axes. Need to cut a variety of trees down. Wanted a solid basic axe. Used only once on small 6 inches -ish tree to test out. Worked great. I will update if opinion changes but for the price point, the axe and sheath is a good deal.

Five Stars

 on November 1, 2016
By FerdJ
nice ax – very nice weight and splits well – classic

Value and good fit and finish

 on November 1, 2015
By Molokai rider
I split a lot of mesquite wood which is typically very hard on my tools. This axe works well. The blade finishing is much better than say a condor and head and shoulders above a hardware store axe made in who knows where. I sanded and finished the well shaped handle with boiled linseed oil for grip. The geometry of the head is symmetrical and decently sharpened. I appreciate the large and tall head shape, and the length is conducive to shorter power strokes. Attention to detail is superb, as the axe came with a bottle of oil, a sheath, and a personal letter of gratitude. Well done, I will purchase more and recommend to friends.

… and workmanship on Axe head and handle both look excellent. Good value for the cost

 on March 1, 2018
By Paul M Paspa
Quality and workmanship on Axe head and handle both look excellent. Good value for the cost.

Good steel, good balance

 on February 19, 2018
By Ken Stormer
Good steel , good balance, descent wood grain in the handle , nice feel.