For the last 1.5 million years (yep thatÌs all the way back to Jesus and 749 times as far again), the relationship between humanity and our most readily available raw material has been influenced by the axe. From splitting firewood and felling trees, to hewing beams for boats and buildings; from warfare to international trade, the benefits of building a better axe have directly affected the success of civilisations and of mankind as a whole.
In all that time the principle has changed very little, but in the last hundred years or so the quality of steel available has improved massively.
Ochsenkopf (Ox Head) was established in Wuppertal Cronenburg by the Fahlefeld brothers in 1781, it is now one of the oldest trade marks in German toolmaking. Their axes are made to traditional patterns, beautifully finished and a genuine pleasure to own and use. Most of the heads are hot stamped with the initials of the smith as well as the various German quality standards that they conform to.