What makes OCHSENKOPF axes so special that
you no longer want to let them out of your hand.

Guaranteed quality


Forestry tools and work aids that have been extensively tested by the Kuratorium für Waldarbeit und Forsttechnik e.V. (KWF) in Groß-Umstadt, are awarded the “KWF-Profi” test seal. They meet all the requirements of the latest technical practice, including economy and the standards relating to safety-at-work, ergonomics and environmental compatibility. The tests encompass technical measurements, tests in forestry use and practical surveys. The new “KWF-Profi” test seal replaces the older FPA “acorn” label. For over 50 years the trademark for tested forest technology.


Both the newly launched KWF test seal “STANDARD” and the “KWF-Profi” test seal include a complete utility value test. The “STANDARD” seal of approval is especially for products which set themselves apart from the high demands of professional forestry deployment. In this way an occasional user, such as one acquiring his own firewood, can rely on tested safety.


"Tested safety by the institution for testing and checking (VPA) in Remscheid. For more than 50 years, VPA has been intensively involved in testing hand tools."

Ring wedges

The tapered collar evenly distributes the clamping force across 360° i.e. also in the direction of motion. The wood fibre structure is not ruined. There is no slackening of the axe head even after several hundred strikes. The barbed hook ensures a positive fit and stops the tapered collar from loosening. A safety “extra”.

No clamping force in the direction of motion thanks to the flat wedge.

A crowned cutting form for a lasting sharpness

It is true that the crowned cutting form does not have that keenness look, but the splitting effect is nevertheless the same. The considerably longer service life from a crowned cut reduces the frequency of re-grinding. This, in turn, raises tool service life and saves on both time and costs.

Although the keenness is readily apparent from knife-edge sharpening, the cutting edge quickly becomes blunt from renewed striking and therefore needs to be re-ground more often.

Two different woods for handles


  • North American tree species of the walnut family
  • High-grade and extremely break-proof wood. Hickory is capable of 3-4 times the physical loading of ash
  • Long-fibre structure: increased safety in a handle breakage - the long fibres hold the wood together, avoiding uncontrolled release of the broken-off handle and the axe/hatchet head
  • Vibration damping
  • Long life = extremely good value for money


  • Native tree species in Europe
  • Wood specified in DIN as the minimum grade
  • Low-cost and break-proof
  • Short-fibre structure: in the event of a break, the short fibres of the wood are unable to hold the break point together. The handle breaks in two parts

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Care and safety

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