Ochsenkopf OX 252 K Gertl Swiss Pattern Brush Axe is over 18 inches long. Blade is made from hardened and tempered steel. The OX 252 K is indispensable for cultivation of new growths and removal of small plants. The plastic handle is a 2-component, modern design with soft-plastic for non-slip, ergonomic working. Ochsenkopf OX Head has become one of the oldest surviving trademarks in the tool industry, dating back to 1781. Instead of being sharpened to a knife edge, OX-HEAD tools are honed to a cambered edge, which results in longer edge life.