This is our reproduction of the pre-war pattern Finnish engineer axe carrier. The carrier was still in use during WW2, although in low numbers.
Engineer axes were not used only by engineers, but all branches as generic tools for building. “Engineer tools” were a designation given to tools that were larger than the standard infantry “Field tools”.
The carrier is manufactured from 3 mm thick cowhide which has been dyed brown. The carrier covers the axe head completely. The flap closes over the top and fastens to the brass stud on the bottom. Sewing is done with white, waxed cotton thread and rivets are made of copper. There is an additional belt hanger component to which the carrier fastens with a spring hook. The belt hanger also has a strap for the axe handle.
The carrier fits the standard Finnish engineer axe (Model Kemi 12/2) manufactured by Billnäs or Kellokoski. You can use these with other axes too, but we can’t guarantee the fit.
The maximum blade measurements that fit are:
- Blade height: 11 cm or 4 ¹/₃ inch
- Length along the blade: 17,5 cm or 6 ⁷/₈ inch
- Back height: 7,5 cm or 3 inch
- Back width: 4 cm or 1 ²/₃ inch