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The Swedish firm of Gransfors Bruks makes the world’s finest axes, and their new American Felling Axe bears as much resemblance to the ones you buy in a hardware store as a Porsche does to a school bus. It has a 31.4-pound head and a 31-inch premium hickory handle, comes with a leather sheath, and will shave the hair from your arm. If you thought no one made real axes anymore, you were wrong. It’s $105 plus $5 shipping from Geoffrey Burke at Chocorua Boatworks. % 603-323-8172; or e-mail canoeaxe@worldpath.net.

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