Mr. Vilister has already captured the attention of about 20 archers at the local archer center here in Calgary. This bow is the talk around the shop. Please pass this on to him along with my thanks for his efforts in creating such a beautiful bow.
The bow shoots very well. With the heavy draw, it hurls the arrows with a tremendous amount of energy finished off with a very distinctive sound upon release that had many people turning their heads while we
were all shooting.
Jesse Lumsden, Athlete/Canadian Olympic Bobsleeder / Longbow "Firebird"
I am a man who owns too many axes, it must be around 100 or so including a dozen by Gransfors Bruks, many antique English ones from the heyday or the British tool industry and perhaps some of my favourites a dozen or so antique hand forged laminated Japanese axes. I use axes every day to carve wood, I have carved in many countries on three continents and taught a great many people to carve. I was taught to use an axe 25 years ago when apprenticed to a forester who learnt his trade before chainsaws. I have used carving axes made by Gransfors Bruks, Svante Djarve, Hans Karlsson, Steffan Ronquist, Nic Westerman and cut and ground my own designs from axes that were not what I wanted so I have plenty to compare to and a good idea of what makes a good carving axe.
Last summer I discovered the website for John Neeman tools and for a while chatted with Jacob the carpenter who does much of the design work and fits the handles and leatherwork, eventually we worked out a design for a new carving axe that would have all the qualities I was looking for. By this time though they had a wonderful YouTube video showing how their tools were made, it went viral and they were swamped with orders.
Well that just made me want my axe even more. Eventually the guys got on top of their backlog and I was told my axe was in the forge. By now I was so keen there was no way this tool was ever going to live up to expectations, and then it arrived, and surpassed all my wildest hopes. Just look at it.
Looking gorgeous is no good if it doesn’t work so I took it straight to the workshop to see what it could do. It is lighter than many carving axes but has the same length cutting edge as the heavier Gransfors. It has the pointy tip that I love from the Gransfors but the long beard I love from the Japanese axes. When you own a hundred axes any new one has to be pretty good to get a look in, already this one has become my favourite, I use it for everything.
Robin Wood/Green woodworker,woodcarver/UK (Carving Axe "Robin Wood")
This is the holy Grail of axes. I have been hewing for 35 years. In those years I have purchased axes looking for the perfect axe that would make hewing efficient, effective and fun. I believe after purchasing countless axes the search is now over.
From the time of order to the time of delivery took 3 months, which is what should be expected when ordering a custom made axe. The axe had some surprises such as this burned into the handle. I dont't know if every axe they make will have this little personalized feature but I recommend they continue it. It won me over.
The axe is larger than the Gransfors 1900 axe. The handle is slightly longer also. It, however is all proportional. I did not find the handle too long, nor the axe too short. I have compared the Neeman axe is between both the Gransfors model 1900 axe and the Pennsylvania pattern axe the I have used to do most of my hewing these 35 years. Neeman axe is larger than the Gransfors but smaller than the Pennsylvania pattern axe. Size, however, means little in the world of hewing. The Neeman axe is faster than the Gransfors and much simpler to use than the Pennsylvania pattern single beveled axe.
The Neeman axe produces a near flawless surface. No unsightly catches, no splintery surfaces. The surface is smooth. Little skill is required in learning how to use this axe. Working with the Neeman axe has left me wondering why all these years I have been fascinated with single beveled axes while clearly the Neeman's Bearded axe leaves them all in the dust with the ease with which one can hew with this double beveled axe. With this axe Neeman has nailed it. Which leaves me wondering -- are all his axes and chisels this far ahead of the rest.
This Bearded axe is so easy to use, even novices can become proficient in hewing in no time. I have not tried scoring and juggling with this axe. I am sure the axe can handle it well. It, however, does so well hewing that I do not want to risk damaging the cutting bit simply hacking away waste.
How often does an axe come along that both gives a superior finished surface and saves one time. I have a whole assortment of axes that have not lived up to my expectations. This axe exceeded my expectations and I look forward to many happy years of using it.
My recommendation is that if one wants a Neeman axe, purchase now. Once people are aware of the quality of these axes, the wait will become long and the price high. Nice work John. I love the axe.
Michael Beaudry, Hewer/Timber Framer/USA (Bearded Eye Broad Axe)
I received the axes today, and yet again I am speechless. The artistry and craftsmanship are out of this world! I cannot wait to order some more tools from you. But I think there are others waiting! I’ll be back for sure.
Is it dangerous to sleep with these axes? They are so beautiful that I do not want to let them out of my sight. Cannot wait to put them to work.
Thanks for all you do! I
John Ledington/USA, California (Carpenter Axe, Robin Wood Carver Axe)
I received the knife yesterday. My husband loves it. He says the balance is very nice in his hand. Loves the wood handle with the grain, a real piece of art! Thank you, it was worth the wait.
Susan Evans /Canada, Ontario (Scandi Brother #1 Silver Steel)
We received the knife and my husband was blown away! I couldn't have imaged a more beautiful knife.
Thank you for your beautiful work!
Katie Kelly/USA, Florida (Scandi Brother #2. Damascus,)
Thanks for sending the Axe, nice job. The cutting edge is very large, which makes it's cutting action very smooth. Not too heavy on the hands either ! The handle works well and the sheath is very well designed also. No bad points from me, thanks for the inscription that's for future years memories.
Also thanks for the tea!
Jed Warman/UK, Monmouth (Robin Wood Carving Axe)
Package received! Now I have to brake the barrier of starting using this beauty
Roman Muntyanu/Ukraine (Carpenter Axe)
I have received my package today. My knife was very artistic. And a leather case was also the beautiful finish. I would like to use this treasure through my life. I'm thankful that you made this for me.
Yuichi Tanaka/Japan Aichi Pref (Scandi Brother #1. Damascus)
I've got it! The knife is so beautiful I almost wouldn't dare using it.
Ralf Demesmaeker/Australia, Adelaide (Scandi Brother #1. Damascus)
Wow, that is my first reaction. I own Wetterlings, Hultafors, and Gransfors Bruks axes, all fantastic but none can hold a candle to the hatchet I just received from you. It is beautiful and perfect in every way. The balance and feel in my hand is perfect. Thank you so much for creating this beautiful tool that I will cherish for life and then pass on. I could not be more pleased. You are true craftsmen.
Alan Palomba/USA Texas (Northlander Hatchet)
The two Damascus blades arrived yesterday. Thank you - they are excellent!
Nick McNeil/Australia, Adelaide (Scandi Brother #2. Damascus, Scandi Brother #3. Damascus)
I have just received your Robin Wood hatchet and have been using it on some dry cherry to rough out a spoon blank. I must tell you that it is every bit as wonderful as Robin said in his initial review. It is light and can be \'choked \'up on for delicate shaping/carving due to the beard on it, yet still has the heft and handle length to take a decent chunk of wood when desired. The dry cherry is not the easiest wood to do this with, but the axe has managed it beautifully. Looking forward to some green wood to work in future too. All together a great purchase and one I will be enjoying long after the pain of passing over the cash has passed. Please thank all involved in the creation of the axe and let them know their labours are appreciated.
Michael Frizell/Canada, Vancouver (Robin Wood Carving Axe)
Received the axe today. It's great. I am very excited and can't wait to start using it. Thanks!
James Curl/USA, CA (Robin Wood Carving Axe)
The 'Axe' arrived today! It is a beautifully handcrafted tool! You and your 'Lettland Forest Craftsmen' create functional Art. Thank you so much. The Axe will become one of my most cherished possessions.
From what I can see, 'The Lettland Crew' have a simple philosophy. It has to be perfect or it doesn't leave the Shop. The Axe Bit, edge Hone, Haft, Makers Mark, laser engraving and sheath are all perfect. Even the packaging is perfect.
As a customer, I can't ask anymore from a 'handcrafted' tool. You have exceeded my expectations! Anyone considering themselves a Craftsman could learn a lot from the the folks at John Neeman Tools.
Thank you again for the great Birthday present. I look forward to receiving the "8th Century Viking Battle AXE" reproduction. Maybe it will arrive in-time for my 62 Birthday? :)
Warmest best regards,
James L. Kuhn/Owner-Operator Greenside Up Productions/USA, Merritt Island (Robin Wood Carving Axe)
I picked up my knife today. It is beautiful. The size is perfect for wood carving and other such activities. I have never owned a damascus blade before this.
Mark Richardson/USA, Sylvania (Finnish Puukko. Little. Damascus)
I received my axes in Canada. I wanted to tell you they are absolutely beautiful. The craftsmanship is amazing. The wait was truly worth the reward. I will enjoy them the rest of my life.
Joseph Campbell/Canada, Ontario (Finnish Splitting Axe OR Finnish Splitting Maul, Northlander Forest Axe “Stalwart”)
These knives are unbelievable! Well worth the wait. I gave 2 of them as gifts to a couple buddies who were shocked and after watching your videos were so grateful to now own such functional tools/masterpieces.
Mike Reid/USA, CT (Scandi Brother #2. Damascus, Scandi Brother #2. Elmax, Scandi Brother #2. Silver Steel)
The knife is awesome. I'm not sure if it's perfect but it's without a doubt the best knife I've tried so far. Right now I'm using your knives and a couple of Masakages (high quality Japanese handmade knives) - gyuto 240mm and petty 150mm.
Your knife is very different from the Masakages I own, it's a bit heavier, more robust, holds the edge around 3 times longer and I find it easier to sharpen. I'm very very pleased with it! It's also very beautiful, a piece of art for sure.
I wish I could tell you how you could improve it but I can't find a any flaw in this one. Congratulations, I don't think I'm ever going to get tired or feeling like I need a better main knife again.
Carlos Santiago/Portugal, Lisbon (Japanese Gyuto 8.5”)
I would like to thank everyone at your shop. I just received one of your double tongue black leather belts. It was a present from my parents. This belt is very nice and well made. I will use it every day! Now I have to work on getting one of your fantastic knives! Thank you very much and keep up the good work.
Blair Hollshwandner/USA, PA (Leather belt. Double Tongue. Black)
For a week or so I received the splitting maul from you, and as i've first seen it, i had a feeling it is not from this world! :) Thank you very much! I will put money to side to enjoy also other beautiful tools from you.
Justin Stancu/Germany, Karlsruhe (Finnish Splitting Maul)
First I hope you guys are well!
Two weeks ago the long awaited package has arrived. I wrapped it out right away. Drooling :).
What a beauty! In every aspect she is just perfect. No other maul I had in my hands was so nice. Period. Fantastic workmanship. Best handle ever. Super nice grain. Really top heavy like it should be. And it´s an absolute work horse. Soulful!
I just love it! Thanks so much Jacob and please keep going that top notch work. Don´t expand too much to keep that top notch level!
At any time I will give my Neeman axes to my son. Generation overlapping!
Stefan Richle/Austria, Ampass (Finnish Splitting Maul)
By the way, for a little over a year I have been using the Chef 7.5" Damascus I received from you guys. I love this knife! It travels with me. I take it to other people’s house when I know I'll be in the kitchen because I know they won't have anything to compare. Not to mention how few people really understand "sharp". Another interesting aspect is the knife is also my wife's favorite. And she's a lefty with hands a third smaller than mine!
Please pass thanks to everyone at John Neeman Tools for their care, effort and passion. It matters.
Michael Gatling/USA, MA (Chef 7.5” Damascus)
I just wanted to tell you that we received the axe and knife and couldn't be more pleased with both of them. They are absolute works of art and worth waiting for. The axe is so beautiful that my husband doesn't know if he'll be able to bring himself to actually use it this fall to split wood.
Thank you, and your crew, for continuing the amazing tradition of hand forged tools. The quality of your products is unsurpassed. We'll be in touch with you again soon for some kitchen knives :)
Jennifer Hoogstra/USA, NY (Finnish Splitting Maul, Scandi Brother #1 Damascus)
I just received my Hunter's (damascus) knife. I couldn't be more pleased with it. My girl friend, who knows little and cares less about knives, has been looking at it for the last 15 minutes and won't give it back. She keeps muttering, "My God, this thing is s0 beautiful". A good job well done!
Thank you. - Jim
Jim Shugart/USA, VA (Hunters knife. Damascus)
The knife arrived! And it is very handsome. Thank you for the black leather sheath with the darker wood handle.
Thank you very much. I do like them very much.
Adrian Pulfer/USA, UT (Hunters knife. Damascus)
The balance and edge of the carving axe is exceptional. I have a Gransfors Bruks and Wetterling carving axes - your axe has for the most part shelved the use of the other two.
I have not had the occasion to use the froe yet. It is heavier than others that I’ve used, which will help with its function I am sure. I will invest in a forest axe for limbing downed trees as my next purchase.
Scott Jerabek/USA, WI (Carving Axe “Robin Wood”, Splitting froe. 14”)
All arrived safe and sound, many thanks for such beautiful works of practical art, I can’t wait to use this weekend. Look forward to ordering from you again soon.
David Robinson/Australia, Norwood (Bow, Quiver and Armguard)
I received my knife and it's gorgeous!!!
Philippe Charron/Canada, Quebec (Chef 7.5” Damascus)
I just got the package, thanks a lot for this awesome knife! It is really a fine blade! And the box and wall-mount is also just perfect!
Please give my regards also to the carpenter and Bladesmith as well.
Vinzenz Spaeth/Germany, Freiburg (Chef 7.5” Damascus)
I do love the Elmax Scandi that I received last month. Truly a piece of fine tool art.
Brent Pack/USA, MN (Hunters knife. Damascus)
Up until today, my main knife has always been my trusty Helle. It's not my most expensive knife, but it's reliable and more importantly it's always felt good in my hand. A lot of the more expensive knives that I've bought look beautiful but they're not comfortable and suck when you actually try to use them as a knife. One of them actually had the tip break off when I was using it on a three week hike in the Appalachian mountains. I use my knives every day, so feel and effectiveness are the most important things to me. (The fact that your knife is also beautiful is just an added benefit.) I know you're going to say I'm crazy but the knife I received today feels like it was made just for my hand. Not to mention how well balanced it is. Awesome... Love the Elmax steel too. Double Awesome. And I'd be lying if I told you I hadn't already taken it over to a friends house earlier and tested it on a hog he was processing to see how it'd perform in actual use. And all I can say again is "Wow". Great tool... Thanks for the update on my other knife. I can't wait to see it and use it. I haven't been this excited about something in a long time.
As for the axe thing, I have a Gransfors Bruks hatchet I use a good bit, and I've gotta be honest, it's a nice little hatchet. This last year however, I finally came to the realization that a hatchet just isn't going to cut it anymore. I'm spending more time in the wilderness these days and I'm getting older, so I need an axe. (A real axe.) And after the knife I received from you guys today I think that this axe is going to be a John Neeman axe. I'm looking for a good, sharp, durable medium sized axe for chopping wood and debris while I'm in the wilderness. And because I spend extended amounts of time in the wilderness and/or hiking I need it to be somewhat portable. Is there a particular axe that you make that you would recommend for me? Sorry for all of the questions but it's just so rare to find true craftsman these days that I'm pretty excited today. I hope you're having a nice day and thanks again for everything.
Kevin Britting/USA, SC (Hunters knife. Elmax)
I intended to write this message a week ago, just to thank you for helping me with my axe problems. My new Stalwart arrived last Monday, just a few days after you posted it; and it arrived just in time too! The reason why this message is later than intended is because my State was hit by a severe cyclone (Hurricane in Europe?) and we have been without power for the last week. The axe has already seen a lot of use, I have had to fell several trees and branches that were knocked over on my property. The axe is fantastic, and I just thought you should know how much I appreciate all your effort.
Ben Sweeney/Australia, New South Wales (Northlander Forest Axe “Stalwart”)
The belt is amazing especially the finish pattern.
The knife works very well for small wood working. The shape of the handle is the best and the most comfortable i have ever used. Very cool for long work. May be the edge is a little too thin . It is really sharp but a little too sensitive.
Highly recommended craftsmen!!!
Guillaume Compin/France, Metz-Tessy (Scandi Brother #2. Elmax wildlife knife, Leather belt walnut brown)
Just a wanted to say thanks, package arrived safely, axe is surely a work of art...
Saving up for next year:)
Trevor John Pfister/Norway, Bergen (Northlander Forest Axe “Stalwart”. Gloss)
This knife arrived two days ago. It is fantastic! I am very impressed by the quality of workmanship on this. It is almost too nice to use, but it will be used often and cared for with much respect for the artistry that went into it.
Lee Kirkpatrick/Canada, Whitehorse (Hunters knife. Elmax)
Finally - I have received the knife today. I unpacked it and was sitting for a little while handling, turning, cutting, watching, stunning... I was so overwhelmed by the design and quality of it. Verry well done!
Heiko Linke/Germany, Bieberstein (Scandi Brother #2. Damascus)
I received the knife today and it is gorgeous!!! You did SO good:) I can't even imagine being able to make something like that. It will definitely be something that we keep forever and hand down to generations to come. When we're all gone your workmanship will still be here! What a testimony to you and your amazing talent. And my husband loved it! I think I've won many points with him:) Thanks again for everything!
Rebekah Lipe/USA, MT (Scandi Brother #1. Damascus)
The package has just arrived, and I must say it was really worth being patient: this is one of the best pieces of craftsmanship I have had the pleasure of holding in my hand. Thank you very much indeed for this incredibly beautiful knife.
Philippe Plumecocq/France, Orléans (Small Knife)
I just received the knife and it's absolutely beautiful! My father is so happy with it!
Thanks again to all the John Neeman tools crew!
Mathias Sifon Catala/France, Paris (Small Knife)
Thank you so much for your help, time, flexibility, hard-work – Everything! You truly are an amazing group with an amazing craft.
We will forever think of you with a belt that will probably outlast us! :)
Thanks again! We look forward to future John Neeman Tools!
Christy Aumer/USA, CO (Leather belt. X Small. Walnut brown)
I just received my belt. The craftsmanship is amazing, and it fits perfectly. I am proud to wear it and it appears it will be bulletproof for many years. I appreciate and drool over the handcrafted products you offer and I will have to start saving for a knife! Thanks much!
Paul Dudley/USA, TN (Leather belt. Double Tongue. X Large. Saddle Tan)
My order of the Hunting Knife and the 7" Chef's knife arrived today. They are more beautiful than I ever imagined. Thank you for the care that went into their creation.
James Hughes/USA, ME (Hunters knife. Damascus and Chef 7.5” Damascus)
The knife is stunning beyond words! Kudos to you and your team for the suburb craftsmanship and artistry! My son was the one who turned me on to you guys via a like on a FaceBook video. I bought this as a gift for him. He has no clue about it and I can't wait to see his face when I give it to him for his birthday or Christmas. It will be a wonderful surprise and will serve as a family heirloom. Thanks so much for this amazing tool and work of art.
Ed Vanderbilt/USA, TX (Hunters knife. Damascus)
Thank everyone for us who was involved in the making of our retirement gift for Bill Moran. We received the knife in time to find a box (gift wine box) to present it in - and he loves it!
Aileen Poehls/USA, CA (Hunters knife. Damascus)
We received the knife yesterday and to say that it was worth the wait would be a huge understatement. The knife is absolutely perfect and beautifully crafted. He was completely thrilled and blown away. Thank you!
Corinne Fisk/USA, NY (Scandi Brother #1. Damascus)
Just wanted to say thank you for such an amazing piece of art! It worked exactly like I was hoping it would for skinning! I caped out 7 deer and 8 turkey! Still razor sharp! Thank You Lucas
Lucas Grantham/USA (Elmax Hunters/Skinner Knife)
Received the knife today.
What a beautiful piece of art work. Thank you so much it will be cherished for a long time through my family.
Seth Rockwell/USA (Scandi Brother Demascus 1 Knife)
Dear Jacob & Crew
Today my knife turned up in the post. It arrived safely. I am very pleased with it. Thank you very much I will have this knife for the rest of my life.
Jon Row/UK (Scandi Brother Demascus 1 Knife)
I have never held such a wonderful tool in my hands. The build quality and finish on the tools is extraordinary.
Jim/USA (Goosewing Hewing Axe)
I just received my axe today!! She is sooooo wonderful!! Thank you so much.
Fabien/France (Baltic Carpenter Axe)
Thank you very much. The box arrived today and it was all that we expected. One of the belts will go to my friend Jordan, who is training to be a firefighter, and the other to my Dad.
Mark Mitchell/USA (Leather Belt)
Again, I just cannot thank you enough for the beautiful work on our felling Axe. I just cannot wait to use it! I go home every day and just look and hold it for a while. I just love it! I would very much like to continue to support your philosophy on craftsmanship and the love you put into your work.
Eric Mcfarland/USA (American Felling Axe)
The Axe arrived today and is perfect. You do amazing work. Until now I have not been able to find anything made with this quality and mastery. You are all true master craftsman and I am proud to say I own a piece of your work. I hope to buy more from you in the future. Kindest regards and thanks
Forrest Ringwood/USA (American Felling Axe)
Just a thank you note. Received the axe on December 24 and made an excellent Christmas Present. What a very beautiful axe I received. The craftsmanship was absolutely superb. Thank you so very much for the fast shipping and the excellent service and communications that I have received from you. Wishing you and all those at John Neeman Tools a Very Happy New Year.
James J. Stafford/USA (Northlander Forest Axe)
I had to tell you the package arrived yesterday (Christmas Eve) and I couldn't be more impressed. Both the axe and the knife are beautiful and even more than expected. I decided to give them both as gifts to my brothers because the tools are so special.
I'd like to get back in queue for another order…
Brandon Kenny/USA (Northlander Forest Axe ‘Stalwart’, Scandi Brother Laminated 1 Knife)
Jacob, Man - thank you again for making the knife. My brother in law literally said it was the best gift he has ever received…
Josh Bodinet/USA (Scandi Brother Demascus 1 Knife)
Received the knife today. What a beautiful piece of art work. Thank you so much it will be cherished for a long time through my family.
Seth Rockwell/USA (Scandi Brother Damascus 1)
I received the knife today, its stunning!
Your hard work and craftsmanship is amazing. Thank your crew of craftsman for me and let them know a job well done!
Brandon StehlingUSA/ (Scandi Brother Laminated 2)
Dear Jacob, Thank you so much! It’s Amazing!!!
Anja Weißinger/Denmark (Elmax Steel Chefs Knife 11.5")
I just received the knife today. It is beautiful and I'm so happy to have it. I can't wait to get into the kitchen to use it.
Thank you again. I will use and treasure this knife for the rest of my life.
Adam Knapp/USA (Elmax Steel Chefs Knife 9.5")
Received the package with knives. All ok. Knives are excellent. Well done!!! Now waiting for the rest of my order. Thank you for now.
Marek Szymankiewicz/Poland (Elmax Steel Chefs Knife 11.5", Scandi Brother Damascus 1 Knife)
Thank all of you for making these beautiful kitchen tools for my wife she loves them. And I might add these are the best knifes I have ever seen. What a great heirloom this will be! Again thank all of you.
Mark W. Patten/USA (Set Of 6 Elmax Steel Kitchen knives)
Hi Gentleman, The knives arrived and are stunning! Thank you for all your hard work crafting them, they will surely be used for a lifetime if not more. My mom, whom they are for LOVES them! They will be heirlooms for certain! Keep up the good work.
Kurt Mathieson/USA (Set Of 6 Elmax Steel Kitchen knives)
My knife arrived yesterday and I must say it was exquisite! It is a beautiful piece of workmanship! All the same I still adore it. Thank you very much!
Ed Lee/Canada (Damascus steel 7.5" Chefs Knife)
Jacob, The package arrived yesterday. Just wanted to let you know I really appreciate the craftwork and the finish. I really love the knife and the belts. It will be hard to give them up to my dad. Keep up the great work, it was a pleasure to do business with you.
Stephen Merz/Germany (Leather belts, Scandi Brother Damascus 1 Knife)
Jacob, I have received the tools and they are fantastic.As I expected, neither your pictures nor your videos do justice to your tools when finally seen in person. They are amazing Jacob and are every bit as much a work of art as they are magnificent tools. Thank you so very much. Now I am looking forward to my next set from you even more than I was before.
Fred West/USA (Set of 5 Timber Framing Tools, Peeling Drawknife, Carpenters Drawknife, Broad Axe, American Felling Axe, Hatchet, Timber Framing Mallet)
Jacob, Every thing arrived today safe and sound and they are beautiful!
Paul Phelps/USA (Set of 5 Timber Framing Tools)
I received my order just a few hours ago. The leather belt looks so awesome!
Juyong Jang/South Korea (Leather Belt)
The knife has arrived. Such beauty and craftsmanship! Thank you so very much
Kim Mauney/USA(Scandi Brother Damascus #1)
Thank you so much for the beautiful knife you made for me. I have shown it off to everyone I could and have given them your information.It is more than I expected. You do wonderful work. I will be ordering another soon.Sincerely,
Chuck DeRouen/USA(Scandi Brother Damascus #1)
Hi Jacob, I received my order today. These are some of the most beautifully crafted tools I have seen. I am very happy with them, and will recommend you guys to other carpenters here. Thank you very much, well done, and God bless you.
Tim Haydon, St Joseph's Carpentry/AU(Carpenters Axe, Broad Axe, Chisels)
Hello Jacob, Today was a great day!! My Neeman order arrived and I'm in heaven. I mentioned before and now it comes true the craftsmanship, the quality, the beauty. It's as if each piece is wanting to be used,put to work,all that alone is plenty but, unlike anything I've bought before I can sense the unseen, particularly the axes, they posses a "soul" a "spirit" given to them by the maker, part of him or them is in each one for me to own these amazing examples of a tool, our fore fathers used to shape their lives and America, is huge. Just like most people, I think of the future but, I also spend time looking and reflecting into the past. These axes serve as a "window". With the Small Northlander, I will have axes for any and all occasions. Lots of things buzzing around in my head...lucky, fortunate, proud, it goes on. Thank everyone who helped make this happen. I wish only good things for everyone at Neeman Tools.
Mike Chipman/USA(Stalwart, Hatchet, Scandi Brother #2 Laminated, Belt)
I received the axe. It is too nice to use! I am going to put it on the wall above my fireplace. All of my friends want one.Thanks,
Tom Starke/USA(American Felling Axe)
Jacob,My order came in and everything is great. You're dedication to quality is unparalleled in anything else I've seen. Great work. I'm excited to take it to wood I've had drying. Thank you again.
Alexander Tucker/USA(Goosewing, Butchers Axe, Froe, Wildlife knives, Logdogs, Peeling Drawknife)
The belts arrived today. Thanks Jacob you should be proud of yourself to be able to make something that will last a lifetime. Leather smells lovely. I look forward to purchasing more items from John Neeman tools.
I just wanted to let you know that I got the axes and they are awesome. Thank you so much for all your great work on these beautiful axes. I hope I can order another one soon. Thanks again
Gary Lundberg/USA(American Felling Axes)
My Scandi Elmax blade is easily THE best knife in my vast collection. The knife balances function and form. It exudes quality, but not so much that you are afraid to actually use it. The craftsmanship is second to none. The leather work and stitching is fantastic. The spine is thick enough to ensure strength but still thin enough as to not encourage excess friction when skinning. You can tell the blade is handmade without noticing any imperfections, which is an important aspect of owning a blade of this kind. Curly birch grip feels light and soft. The bolster, perhaps one of the most difficult areas to keep neat on handmade blades, is extremely clean which is very impressive. All parts of the blade are incredibly sharp including the edge and tip all the way to the point which remain consistent. I am extremely happy with my knife. It's better than any North American blade I own. Very impressive! Thank you!
Kylan Walters/USA (Scandi Brother #3 Elmax, satin finish)
Love the knife. Cuts really great, feels good, great aesthetic. Couldn't be better.
Corey Fair, Chef, owner at www.butcherandbakerstore.com/USA (Elmax Chef 9.5")
Chisels arrived. Quite perfect and very beautiful. Used them the day they arrived. I like the unpolished finish, the weight and balance, the handles. I liked everything. Thanks! Best wishes to your tool making crew.
Joy Marcotte/UK (Framing Chisels)
The tools arrived last Thursday so thanks for that! Regarding to tools themselves and their performance, firstly I am absolutely delighted with the corner chisel both in performance and the overall feel of the tool! The quality of your tools is excellent and I will certainly recommend you to other carpenters!
Jacke Duckworth, "Traditional Oak Carpentry"/UK (Framing Chisels)
Finally, Kirk and I were in a 3-day TF class this week where i had the pleasure of using your tools. What a FANTASTIC experience it was using your tools. The performance of the chisels were unmatched by the other chisels used in the class, and others were interested in your tools as well. It was amazing how these tools kept their edge, and they were never sharpened during the class while we had to sharpen the other chisels used. BTW, your website and movies are just as beautiful as your tools.
Mike/Texas Timber Framing Workshop (Set of 3 Timber Framing Tools)
I did receive my new broad axe. It is a piece of Art. My complement to Mr. Neeman for great craftsmanship and also for your work on the woodwork. This axe is a Heirloom which I hope to pass down to my Son and Daughter when I can not work with wood any more...
Javier Medrano/USA (Bearded Eye Broad Axe)
I got excited as a schoolchild the other day when I saw a distinctly shaped package arrive in the mail — my broad axe from John Neeman Tools finally arrived. This hand forged broad axe is truly a piece of artwork. I’ve yet to actually swing it, so it is safely stored in a place of honor in the house (not in the tool shed, because it is such a wreck right now, and the new shed isn’t finished yet). My first impressions — wow, it’s really lightweight! It feels very balanced, and just really nice to hold in one’s hands. The edge is amazingly sharp, and looks like a glassy mirror. The attention to detail is fantastic. This is what crafsmanship looks like.
Brian Ziggy/USA (Bearded Eye Broad Axe)
For my Bundaxt, I do not often have to sharpen it, it is wonderful. I might have to sharpen my American axe every day or even twice a day, but this axe can go for several days without needing it.
David Bahler/USA, member of the Timber Framers Guild (German Style Squaring Axe)
I received the chisels today and extremely pleased with my purchase! I plan to purchase the 1" corner chisel soon and maybe the 1" chisel. Kind regards.
Kirk/USA (Framing Chisels, Framing Slick)
An axe has arrived today, it's wonderful! Great quality and design, awesome ornament on blade and accurate leather work. Many thanks!
George/Russia (Squaring axe)
The chisels just arrived! The steel is high quality. Made some practice cuts and the edges held up nicely. Will start using the tools next week on my cabin project.
Sandor Nagy, “Nagy Timber Frames”/ USA (Framing Chisels)
Wow! Tools just came in. Really nice, I'm very impressed. Can't wait to use them. Thanks, and if you ever need a referral for future customers, I'd be happy to let people know the excellent quality of these tools. Have a Merry Christmas!
Eric Laufter/USA (Framing Chisels and Framing Slick)
Just to let you know that the axe arrived safe and sound and to say thanks for making such a superb job in creating this axe and even making the humble log dogs a little special. Every part of it is a tribute to your skills and understanding of your craft. I am looking forward to the next project when they can be put to good use. I am sure we will be discussing more tools in the future. Best Regards.
Barry James, “Barry James Carpentry & Construction” /UK (Squaring Axe, Log dogs)
The tools arrived yesterday. What can i say, beautiful tools with excellent steel! i've been using the slick in my shop and it works great. Once the weather clears i'll try squaring up a log or two with the axe.
Sandor Nagy, “Nagy Timber Frames”/ USA (Framing Slick, Broad Axe)
Awesome set of chisels.
Jordan King/UK (Set of 5 framing chisels)
I got to do some cutting with that slick. Cuts like a beauty! Factory edge is superb and has great balance and control. I got to use it in front of a customer, shaving the top of a joist that was a little high. At first he asked me if I wanted his power planer. A couple of passes with the slick made him a believer!
Sean Hyland , “Hyland Timber Framing”/USA (Framing Slick 3")
Tools arrived safely, they are excellent. Thank you for your very good service.
Nigel Watson/UK (Set of 5 framing chiels, carpenters axe, curved adze)
Axe has just arrived! I gave him name - Stalwart. What a magnificent piece of kit! It is even better than I imagined it would be. Many, many thanks - I am one happy little puppy!! Cheers, Colin.
Collin/UK (John Neeman Northerner Forest Axe)
Hi, i just received my axe today. Thank you very much, I am delighted with it. I'll be getting out soon to give it a go. Thanks again. Andy
Andy White/UK (John Neeman Hatchet)
I love the tools,they are awesome! The goosewing is a beast and the weight doesnt badder me.Its a good feeling to swing a 14inch blade like that, it goes in just like butter.
Alex/Canada (Bearded Eye Broad Axe, Goosewing hewing axe,Log Dogs)
A beautiful axe.
Megy/UK (Carpenters Axe)
I recieved my chisels today. I’d just like to say thank you, to everyone involded. Can’t wait to start using them.
Martin Bolduc/Canada (Set of 5 framing chisels)
This hatchet was given to me as a wedding gift by my brother-in-law after he found out how much I admired the work of John Neeman. It was a truly awesome gift. Thank you Than and thank you John for your craftsmanship and inspiration.
Robert Feisley/USA (Small Northerner Hatchet)
Received yesterday morning. It's very beautiful and I'm very pleased. Thank you.
Jonathan Blackburn/UK (Timber Framing chisel 2”)
Oh My God! The Axe is absolutely the most incredible tool I have ever held in my hands! I can't believe you even inscribed the haft with my name! I love it. I can't wait to use it. Tonight, however, it sleeps with me next to my bed. My wife understands... if you can believe it. I take a real relationship with my tools, and this one is bu far the most special one! I can't wait for you to make the others I am waiting for. Good luck you guys! Many thanks again. George
George Arnolds/USA (Carpenters axe)
I just received the axe, it is absolutely perfect I couldn't be happier. The pictures do not do it justice it looks awesome and feels great in the hand. Thank you so much for everything, you and John are incredible craftsman. Please thank John for me. That was a nice touch putting my name on the handle I appreciate that. Thanks. Kevin
Kevin Vaccaro/USA (American felling axe)
My knife came in the mail today. I thank you and John for producing such high quality cutting tools. Both the knife and the Carpenters Axe will travel with me to the Forestry Forum Pig Roast, where many members will be able to admire your work.
Lynn Davis/USA (Carpenters axe, Scandi Brother #2 .Laminated)
I am very pleased I decided to order tools from you folks - they are without a doubt the finest I own. The drawknife is a dream to use, and I've been using the Finnish Forest Axe to make a lean to, dovetailing the corners (admittedly using logs I'd sawn with a bandsaw mill). I will send a few pictures when I'm done. Thank you all for doing what you do. I'm glad with the global marketplace we're able to do business together. Sincerely, Adam .
Adam Pearsall/USA (American felling axe, FInnish forest axe, Carpenters Drawknife Large)
Thanks again for your good will and chisels you've gave me. Im really pleased, they are excelent piece of tool; just started to use them at work. Fantastic steel, holding its edge after sharpening, even after some hard work on knots etc. Really impressive.
Jan Ciechanowicz/Timber Framer/UK (Set of 3 Timber Framing Tools)
I just received the froe and the slick today. They look GREAT! The froe was beyond my expectations. I borrowed a Granfors Bruks froe a couple of months back, and I have to say that your froe just blows theirs out of the water. It's really evident that you pay attention to those little details that make all the difference. The froe is incredibly beefy but so elegantly done, a really beautiful well done tool. The same goes for the slick. The beveled sides are a nice touch. The leather work on both guards looks great too.
Sean Hyland/Timber Framer/USA (Splitting Froe 14", 3" Framing Slick Beveled)
I got the tools yesterday. Thank you very much. They are not tool, they are art works! Excellent and incredibly beautiful. Thank you again for these wonderful tools. I'm really happy to have them. They are just a dream!
Bruno Vogt/Carpenter/Switzerland (American Felling Axe, Bundaxt, Set of 5 timber framing tools, 3 5/8" Framing slick)