I JUST NOW bought a Hultafors-made Husqvarna hatchet.
The local Husqy dealer had an extra promo hatchet. I called asking about axes because of this thread, and he had only the spare promo hatchet, which he offered to sell me for a song. So... I grabbed it and just got back.
Somewhat unfortunately it's the newer one. I was hoping it would be the older swedish-style head with the ears and the slightly closed bit. But at flea market prices I wasn't gonna complain.
This is marked 1-1/4lb, 0.6kg (not an exact conversion) with a 15" OAL.
The edge bevel is WAY too thick. I'll work that down. I think the profile overall could be thinner. Clearly this is a budget HB, but it's marked HB very deeply on the head. The fore/aft balance is good.
I was particularly interested in the scandanavian haft. It has a nice shape but is a bit thick as well. I may thin it out somewhat.
The haft is marked Husqvarna.
It seems this was from the in-between period where they had dual markings, and later HB is making Husqy-branded heads too. This is the same NEW version hatchet reviewed by woodtrekker: http://woodtrekker.blogspot.com/2011...el-review.html As this is an in-betweener, I wouldn't take my comments as representative of the current line.
I wouldn't buy this one for full price, but I didn't pay even half that. My plans for this one.... we'll see. It NEEDS edge work badly. Since this one is not historic, but decent steel and CHEAP, I may modify it a bunch. Either that or possibly put it as-is only an 18-20" handle as a light truck axe.