Trade Axe

Regular price $449.90

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The New Zealand trade axe, or Patiti was an incredibly valuable trade item in the 1800’s, most notably when Samuel Marsden used 12 axe heads to purchase 80ha of land in the Bay of Islands. A fair sum of 16 acres of land per head! Around the 1860’s as the Musket and New Zealand Land wars occurred, traded axe heads had become a popular war weapon for Maori with the handles fashioned out of wood or whale bone with ornate carvings decorating them.

Our axes are a folded style head with a carbon steel insert in the leading edge blade which is firewelded to perfection. Each handle of the Trade Axes are handmade from locally sourced hardwood timbers creating an absolutely unique finished product that is fit for purpose. Rob’s forge in Te Awamutu is as traditional as they come, with everything done by hand, and a timing which only experience can achieve. Fire welding is the pinnacle of any blacksmith’s skill set and something which Rob has manage to perfect over the years. 

NOTE: Each Axe is handmade and will differ from the images shown slightly.


Rob Pinkney, Blacksmith based in Te Awamutu