Helko Germany Bavarian Woodworker Axe


Helko Germany Bavarian Woodworker Axe 3.5lb

The Bavarian Woodworker is a highly capable, full-size traditional German cutting axe. The 3.5 lb. Helko Rheinland pattern axe head is a sharp, slim, wide-bit blade that will outperform most American pattern felling axes at cutting work. It is sized for felling large trees without fatiguing the average user, and is quite capable for splitting as well. Perfect for the farm, home, or cabin. Handmade in Wuppertal, Germany, the pattern is named after the region's famous Rhein River Valley. The Rhein, one of Germany's most prominent geographical features, was a historically significant source of trade and growth for settlements in the region throughout the medieval period. Cutting axes like these were a daily necessity for peoples carving out towns and villages in heavily forested regions along the Rhein River.

Each piece is hand crafted by Helko’s Master Smiths, lifelong artisans of metalcraft. The Smith uses tongs on an open face drop forge to shape the head, a skill requiring impressive control and hand eye coordination that can only be achieved through years of practice. Once satisfied with his work, the Smith hammers the Helko Werk crown logo into the cheek. Only minimal supplementary work is performed, allowing each blade to proudly display its forging marks. No two pieces are exactly alike.



Handmade in Wuppertal, Germany

German C50 high grade carbon steel

Open face drop forged, heat treated, and oil-hardened

Helko crown hammered into cheek

​53-56 HRC (Rockwell Hardness)



Crafted in Switzerland

Sustainably sourced Grade A American hickory

Individually selected for strength, grain orientation, and density

Boiled linseed oil finish, 150 grit smooth sanded

Hung with hardwood wedge and notched steel ring wedge​



1 oz. bottle of Axe-Guard protective oil

Vegetable tanned Leather Sheath

​Head Weight: 3.5 lbs.

Total Weight: 5.5 lbs.

Handle Length: 31 in.

Bit Length: 5-1/2 in​.

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
High quality axe

This is a magnificent axe. You can see the quality through and through. I will be buying more axe products from these folks because I have bought other axes and after using them a short time, the edges chip and you can tell the metal is just soft garbage. I highly recommend this axe