With so many different variables, there is a lot to think about when choosing a top quality adze.
This checklist of Wonkee Donkee approved recommendations should help you to make a decision.
The best material for an adze handle is hickory. It’s the best choice from the types of wood available due to its strength and shock absorbing properties.
Replacement hickory handles are also easy to find.
Ideally, your adze head should have a black oxide finish. This is easy to maintain and will prevent your adze head from becoming rusty.
Angle of the blade
If you’re buying an adze and you have a chance to test it before you buy, it’s also worth looking at the angle of the blade and the way the tool swings. On a well made adze, the edge of the blade will be in line with the arc of your swing.
The ‘arc’ can be described as an imaginary circular line that the tool follows when you swing it.
If the edge is in line with the arc, you will always hit the edge of the adze into the wood you are carving and get a smooth cut.
If the edge is not in line with the arc, the adze will cut the wood less efficiently and may skip off the surface at unpredictable angles.
Is it fit for purpose?
To make sure you’re buying the right tool, always check the description of the adze to make sure it has the right kind of blade for your application.
Remember: adzes with flat blades are for planing and adzes with lipped blades are for carving.