Wetterlings Axes

WetterlingsOver half of Sweden is covered by forest. 53.1% of it, according to one Swedish statistic. With that much forest you would have to assume that they know a thing or two about making axes. That would be a safe assumption. At the turn of the 20th century the forestry industry was big in Sweden, and accordingly there was a big demand for axes. A number of folks capitalized on this demand, including Sven Axel Wetterling who opened his forge in 1880. Wetterlings axes have been produced ever since — although not without obstacles.

Wetterlings enjoyed high demand for their axes thanks to global interest in forestry up until the 1970’s when technology caught up to axe makers. Chainsaws and other large forest machines kind of obsoleted the axe. Machinery made wood cutting easier. In addition to new technology hurting axe sales, Chinese factories began mass producing more affordable axes. These two factors definitely let the steam out of the axe grinders.

Wetterlings persisted however, and reduced their size and their approach. They took a step back and embraced the old tradition of axe-making to put an emphasis on the skill of their craftsmen and the quality of their products. They have banned unnecessary chemicals and are getting rid of paints.

As with anything else, the smaller the size of the company, the easier it is to ensure the quality of the product. There are currently only 9 people working at Wetterlings. For a manufacturer that still ships internationally, it’s hard to get much smaller than that.

There is currently a new-found appreciation for fine quality products that are made to last. The idea of buying disposable goods because they are cheap is fading. It never really made sense in the first place. You end up spending just as much if not more in the long run to replace something when you could have bought your last one in the first place. This trend is just what Wetterlings needed. In fact they acknowledge that people are willing to pay for quality.

You can definitely see the quality when you hold a Wetterlings axe. They look modest at first glance, the handles aren’t glossed and the back end of the heads aren’t polished, but when you take a closer look you can see the craftsmanship. The axes are deceptively hefty and solid in every sense. The bits are razor-sharp out of the box and, from experience, they stay that way. They hold an edge so well that they require very little sharpening.

If you’re interested in buying an axe, or just looking at a tool made by people who know what they are doing, come down to Uncle Sam’s in Evelyn Hills and check out our Wetterlings!

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  1. […] to learn from hand on experience, but that can often backfire. Let’s say you got a brand new Wetterlings axe for Christmas. It’s beautiful and you love it. Instead of looking online for the proper […]

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