I won't hold it until sometime next week. Had to transfer funds before paying for it,
and that won't be complete until tomorrow at least, maybe Monday.
Then, I've got to pay for it, then shipping.
I'm buying it from the same place I bought my small forest axe : Appalachian Outdoors, originally recommended to me by Rod Ferro, and about whom I cannot say enough good things. What a great bunch of folks. I'm paying $1 more than I would on Amazon (including free shipping), but at my request, they sent me a snapshot of their "three best" in stock, let me pic the one I wanted, then sent a close up of it. Love at first sight. They're holding it for me for a couple of days (I'll send a deposit if they need) until funds come through. (Try that on amazon. )
I picked this one because of the nice grain, and it was the darkest of the three with the nicest handle shape. (One was noticeably thicker; interesting variation that would be nice for someone with larger hands.) It's got the head of a wildlife axe but with a 9.5" adze handle. Total weight is around 23 oz.
I'm spending money I don't really have to spend - going out on a limb here for this one - but it's going to play a small but significant part in ... getting my new business up and running during the first half of this year, so I see it as a capital investment (even if a fun one! ).
More pics to come, and of course I'll be discussing in this thread why I'm buying this axe as a little brother for my GB small forest axe (which I adore), and how I'll be using it. I'll post pics of the latter as time goes on. I'll also post links here to stories about the Kubben (which is Swedish for "carving axe").
I'd love to read stories from any who have owned or used one.
Without further ado, here's my new tool. This image is on my desktop.
Can't wait to fondle it, and cut stuff.