Used for splitting shingles, splitting oak logs for wheel spokes, splitting wood for chair legs and so on, the froe is typically driven into the wood by striking it with a Mallet or a Club and then rocked sideways while the edge is forced further down into the wood until the split opens up fully.
This is our best quality Froe. It has been hand forged in Austria at the Himmelsberger Zeughammerwerk from top quality steel and then expertly hardened and tempered for the best combination and hardness and toughness. It is a very well made and heavy duty Froe with a razor sharp blade measuring 13-3/4" long (excluding the socket) and 2-1/8" wide.
Importantly, the blade thickness tapers! At the base, the thickness is about 3/8" tapering down to about 1/8" just where the bevel begins. As a result of this taper, this Froe will be more effective in splitting that any of our other froes. The 13-1/2" long hickory handle has been securely attached to the massive socket (1/4" thick socket walls) by means of a wooden wedge as well as a conical steel wedge. Made in Austria. We recommend the use of a heavy wooden mallet for striking the froe.
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Mueller Since 1675, in a small Austrian village close to the Alps, the skilled blacksmiths of family owned Leonhard Mueller & Söhne have been hand forging premium quality axes and forestry tools at the forge known as Himmelberger Zeughammerwerk. The traditions and skills working with high grade steel for more than 300 years guarantee tools of unrivalled quality. Each axe is a masterpiece purely hand forged from a single piece of steel by skilled craftsmen. We are proud to be the exclusive North American distributor of the entire Mueller line. Mueller’s absolute finest axes are sold under the brand name "Biber Classic". Forged, hardened and tempered by only the most experienced blacksmiths, these axes incorporate the following special features:
- A perfectly forged and tempered axe head left in its natural condition free from paint.
- A sharp edge (with a slight convex bevel to avoid early blunting) honed over a watercooled sharpening stone.
- Premium grade hickory handles, lightly waxed, and safety wedged to the axe head.
- A 20 year warranty against manufacturing defects.