Timber Framing Tools

Half Bisaigue


Also known as Pontache in France and Stoßaxt in Germany. This Push-Style Mortise Axe is used primarily to create the smooth surfaces required in timberframe construction for mortise and tenon joints and halving joints. The axe is used without a handle and acts as a plane or chisel. It is only to be used by hand and must never be struck with another tool.

This model is made as a replica from a 16th century original. It also has the original Tree of Life ornament stamped on the steel surface, which in many cultures and religions symbolizes wisdom, immortality, stages of life and continuity of generations. This Bisaigue is hand forged from high carbon 9260 spring steel. After precise and careful hardening, tempering and annealing, the edge reaches Rockwell 58-60 (HRC). Final sharpening is done on a felt disc using chrome oxide compound to give the tool a razor sharp edge. A traditional mixture of beeswax, linseed oil and pine turpentine is used on the steel to provide an anti-rust finish.

Overall length - 17" (432mm)
Blade length - 4.3" (110mm)
Blade width - 2" (51mm)
Blade thickness:  0.31” (8mm)
Edge sharpening angle: 25°
Overall weight: 1.76lbs (800g)
Blade hardness: 58-60 (HRC)

Code: HLFBSG01

$325 / £273 / €309

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