Current Axe ManufacturersAberl (Germany) www.aberl.info
Barco Industries (Reading, PA)www.barcotools.com
Note: Now producing the “Kelly” branding of axes that were previously made by other companies
Bahco (Sweden) www.jhwilliamstoolgroup.com
Note: New production axes are apparently made in Germany…but there is some discrepancy here
Bark River Knife & Tool (Escanaba, MI) www.barkriverknifetool.com
Note: Also provide axe profiling, grinding, and sharpening services
Best Made Axe Co. (New York, NY) www.bestmadeco.com
Note: Sells Rebranded Snow & Nealley but seem to be expanding their product line to include custom Council Tool axes and Wetterlings.
Council Tool Company (Lake Waccamaw, NC) www.counciltool.com
Note: These are 100% USA Made
Craftsman (USA?China?) www.sears.com/
Estwing (Rockford, IL) www.estwing.com
Firestone (Tucson, AZ) www.mcgowanmfg.com
Fiskars (Finland) www3.fiskars.com
Fitzi (Switzerland) www.werkzeugschmied.ch
Forrest Tool Company (Durango, CO) www.maxax.com
Garant (Québec, Canada?) www.garant.com
Gerber Legendary Blades (Finland?) www.gerbergear.com
Note: Gerber is now a Fiskars Brand. Fiskars and Gerber have a similar product offering.
Gransfors Bruks (Bergsjö, Sweden) www.gransfors.com
Hultafors (Sweden) www.hultaforsgroup.com
Note: Hults Bruks is now part of Hultafors Group. They are no longer using the name Hults Bruks.
Husqvarna (Sweden) www.husqvarna.com
Note: These are re-branded Wetterlings axes
Leborgne (France) www.leborgne.fr
Lee Reeves (Shattuck, OK) Lee Reeves
Leonhard Müller & Söhne (Austria) www.mueller-hammerwerk.at
Marble’s (Pakistan) ???
Note: Still produced but now they are made in Pakistan.
Ochsenkopf Äxte (Germany) http://www.ochsenkopf-werkzeuge.de
Note:”Ox Head” branding for USA market Note: Stihl re-brands these axes for the US market…they use the “Iltis” line of Ochsenkopf axes
Note: Makes the axes used in Stihl Timer Sports
Note: Owned by Gedore Tools www.gedore.de
Osborne No. 1 Racing Axes (Australia) www.osborneaxes.com.au
Pfeil Tools (Switzerland) www.pfeiltools.ch
Plumb (Philadelphia, PA) www.cooperhandtools.com
Note: Produced “Keen Kutter” for a time in addition to Kelly
Note: Current production is by Cooper tools with their headquarters in Houston, TX
Roughneck (UK) www.olympia-tools.co.uk
Snedden's Fencing (Austrailia) www.ruralfencing.com
Snow & Nealley (Brewer, ME) www.snowandnealley.com
Note: Raw forgings are imported from China, tempering/handling takes place in Maine
Note: Best Made Axe Co. sells rebranded versions of these.
Stihl (Germany) www.stihl.com
Note: These are rebranded Ochsenkopf “Ilsit” axes. Stihl previously sold re-branded Fiskars axes.
Tosa Uchi Hamono (Japan) www.cartercutlery.com
True Temper (USA?) www.amestruetemper.com
Tuatahi Axes (New Zealand) www.tuatahiaxes.com
Note: Highly regarded for their race axes, but make work axes as well
Vaughan (USA?) www.hammernet.com
Note: Produce the “Supersteel” and “Sub-Zero” brandings
Wetterlings (Storvik, Sweden) www.wetterlings.com