+1I've got the Gransfors Bruks SFA, and just reading the title it was the one I was going to suggest. In terms of size, it's my wife's axe -- I jokingly said that I bought it for her, and she has NEVER let go of it. She loves it and we're planning a trip to their factory in Sweden; wherein I will buy one for myself and probably a spare in case something happens to hers or mine. It's an awesome axe -- sharp as can be and great for felling small (up to 10 inch diameter trees). Mostly we use it for limbing and bucking when the tree is down. Prior to getting a chainsaw (which is pretty much all I use for anything over 5 inches in diameter), that axe was all that we had. It may take a few swings, but it's not heavy and did I mention it is incredibly sharp? The other thing I've done is located several forged axe heads in flea markets and a couple in yard sales -- the handles were either trashed or gone, but getting a hickory handle isn't difficult and neither is hanging the head -- something you may want to consider. The one thing I'll say is that those 'old timey' axe heads definitely had some weight on them, and I can't swing it as hard or as long as I can the Gransfors. Plus it's definitely more work restoring than purchasing an axe -- but I'm an old school guy (both in razors and cutting tools), and I tend to prefer vintage or incredibly well-made items.
Definitely a do it all size. I have never bought into the short 20 -25 inch handles that most axe makers market as camping axes. 28-30 with a smallish to even a small head work great. Any shorter and they are downright dangerous to use limbing and chopping lengths. You have a Goldilocks size in my opinion.Update. This is perfect for putting on my pack and hiking. I went camping very cold and wet to Black Balsam Knob in NC over the weekend. Of all the things everyone brought this turned out to be the best thing. Without it we would have froze to death. Very capable axe and kept an edge through the whole weekend. Felling chopping and splitting. Does it all very well.
I whole heartedly agree. Definitely light enough and not to big fit perfectly on the side of my pack and same length as my pack. Plus any shorter and I may have put it into my leg vs the log. The edge held up so well after a full weekend of chopping and cutting that my buddy accidentally cut his hand on the edge while not paying attention while putting the sheath back over the edge. Never even needed to touch up the edge.Definitely a do it all size. I have never bought into the short 20 -25 inch handles that most axe makers market as camping axes. 28-30 with a smallish to even a small head work great. Any shorter and they are downright dangerous to use limbing and chopping lengths. You have a Goldilocks size in my opinion.