15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
All round excellent,
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I wanted something to help rag out the nettles, elder, bramble etc. from the middle of my beech hedge. What I got surprised me. Its first job was to help cut back an over grown cypress/beech hedge. This billhook has an excellent edge profile and came very sharp. After a hard afternoon, the edge didn't get nicked and was as sharp as it was at the start of work. It is isn't too heavy in the hand, but meaty enough to cleave inch thick beech and cypress with a decent whack. It also shaved all the timy branches off larger trunks and branches with effortless ease to leave thick wood ready to be chopped for the stove. The blade sticker says it is made in Italy. It looks 'rustic' enough to suggest forging rather than precision laser cutting and refinement like Fiskar types look. But when something is fit for purpose - that's all that matters and this is a brilliant tool that is perfectly fit for purpose.
I also used a Martindale Golok no.2 but quickly found that it didn't have the oomph for the type of work I was using it for. It lacked the weight at the end and the edge profile didn't seem to be right. This is not a criticism of the Martindale - it is just a case of horses for courses. It will be perhaps more use when it's nettle season and I need something lighter and more agile to prevent getting over tired.
The Stihl billhook looks like others on this site and others but costs a lot more. I don't know if the others are of the same quality or made at the same place. All I know now is that for the sake of another tenner, I'd rather not take the chance to find out.
I can't imagine Stihl putting their name to anything that is cheap or not fit for purpose and it is good to know that there is at least one company out there that undertakes some effort before putting their name to something.
Morris are still a UK based manufacturer of billhooks and I might have bought one of theirs had I known about them before buying this one from Stihl. I wouldn't part with mine now though!