What those Fins can build from logs is impressive. As impressive as American, Russian, Karelian log builders did/do given different climates, tools, materials, needs, and traditions. The Finnish collared piilu are wicked looking axes for sure. I think “Bila” is a search term for Swedish hewing axes, or maybe just a general term for hewing.
Screenshot from the seller’s picture.
I’m having my way with the edge some.
Weighs 3lbs 4 n 7/8oz – about 1.48kg. For me that more or less falls into the full-size axe category for as a user. It is a fair sized piece of steel behind a smaller surface area than I am used to.
The handle is really interesting but I don’t think it is original to the axe – cool?- absolutely. The blue is definitively festive lol. It popped out with a couple of mallet/punch blows – wedge intact.
I like the idea of using the handle due to its shape and color but it could be a bit thicker in the socket. I'm thinking of keeping it and using it for a template to carve new ones. The No7 has a different eye shape than the 12.x Kemis but the overall shape is similar. Carving sounds like fun and still leaves this one around intact.
This gentleman demonstrates wrapping birch bark around the socket before final wedging. About 3:50 into it. I don’t know how common it is/was to do that or if it was actually done like that at all. It’s interesting though.
I did carve three stakes with it just to see what it was like on something smaller– Cedar, Birch, and Juniper and it seems to have a carpentry feel to it.
*Large amounts of pictures aren’t necessary to talk about axes but it does make it more fun.
I do have a couple of questions that probably could only be answered by someone from the region and who knows the axes fairly well.
So, I see Billnäs and Kellokoski offered the Amerikkalainen patterns – “Ohio” as a full size head, claw hammer, and half-hatchet.
Marie Fors Bruk/Kellokoski:
“Americanized” in that context refers to head, eye, and bit shape, and eye shape, but also handle style?
I see the influence there but I wonder if they were shipped with such nice looking handles and how often they are found in the wild now a days? I only ask as that the handles were shaped more like the standard American curved single bit – that one really seems pretty nice from the single picture.
I also see traditional collared head shapes on handles with less pronounced drops into the swell. Some of them look like they could even be new production handles or even more like the handles I am used to seeing on American axes – is there a company (large or small) that makes handles to fit the older collared styles? Or am I just coming across pictures of more “American” looking handles. Maybe they are just carved by talented individuals or adapted/influenced from existing single bit replacement handles currently available?