Show me your axes!

Discussion in 'Knives, Gear, Guns And Other Tools' started by Klynesquatch, Sep 8, 2016.

  1. Klynesquatch

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    Very nice! Do you have a picture of the top? I've always wondered about putting a dog leg handle on my tomahawks for fun
     
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    I can snap a picture tomorrow. It's not as sexy a wedging job as some folks are able to get, but I'm pleased with the results so far.
     
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    IMG_3627.JPG It's ugly and has no brand, but it was free and it's my first ever axe hang. Now to use it tomorrow!
     
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    After splitting some red oak.
     

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    Just scored a mint True Temper 2 pound head, going to mount it on a GB Small forest axe handle, will post pics once it arrives. Hopefully this will fill my hatchet niche. Ive had all the GB forest axes and the head geometry is just not quite right for me, I really like the USA made vintage axes, good tools.
     
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    Have you compared the eye dimensions to that handle?
     
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    No, I just hit buy now and started praying, worst case I have a GB Scandinavian forest axe handle aswell. If It doesn fit either I will be having a tantrum.
     
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    Worst case scenario, drop me a line and I can design and cut a blank for you. Guaranteed to fit then, as well as have optimized balance. It would just mean more work doing the shaping, but the end result would be a perfect match.
     
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    That is a truly awesome offer! any ideas on handle length for a 3 pound head?
     
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    The blanks I have are 36" long but have a little end checking that would need to be cut off so I can do up to about a 34". For a 3lb I'd say somewhere between 28"-36" usually works well, but it kind of depends on your intended uses for it. Shorter is more packable and controllable but longer hits harder.
     
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    Let me give you a quick run down on my life problems Ben, I live in NZ and literally the vintage axe market is non existant. Scratch that virtually the whole axe market is non existent outside hardware store rubbish. I've tried the Granfors and wetterlings axes and I purchase an extra handle with them if I like the size but I have ended up selling the axes as they are simply crap(I'm not trying to offend anyone) work axes for what I do. I find them good for light work but they run the heads to light for the handle length and the transition from edge to cheek is too abrupt.

    Fast forward and now I have a couple of handles laying around that are a good length and Im trying to find a couple of vintage axes that I can re Haft. The two pound True temper tommy axe I just got looks good, good cheeks and hopefully will go on the Small FA handle to be my pack axe for the trap line, the claw can be used to pull live hold traps and I can use it to dispatch the critters.

    The second axe I'm after needs to be atleast 2-3pound and its job will be to fell, buck and limb trees that fall/hangover on the tracks where I ride my motorbike, also its got to be a light splitter. I have a couple lined up on Eprey but international shipping and inflated prices are making it harder than I would like. I would like this axe to be as compact as possible yet not weird feeling if that makes sense haha.
     
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    28" for a 3lb axe head is about perfect in my book. I swing a 28" sledge with an 8lb head at work and that length is just good for me. I don't need more handle than that for anything I'll ever be doing.
     
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    Council tool boys axe.2.25 lb. Dayton axe head outfitted with a 28″ curved hickory handle. Sounds like what you are after. You can get them here for $30ish and change. I dont know how much it would be for you to get it shipped.
     
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    The old rule of thumb for safety was the drop test. You pick up the axe, blade up, poll down, hold it out straight in front of you and lower it. It should hit the ground before it gets to your feet. So for bucking with your feet on the ground(as opposed to standing on the log) or splitting you would be safe. Using proper form of course. Knees bent handle parallel to the blade while chopping. For working between your feet, or other chores people with experience usually choose a shorter handle. People without experience (like kids) should use the drop test for sizing.
     
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    SAGER Warren Axe & Tool double
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    Headed to the cabin in a few, for the weekend. Gonna use the Trento for the first time, weather permitting. Supposed to rain a bit. Also, made a nice cardboard and duct tape sheath for it, haha. Thug life...
     
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    IMG_3661.JPG Put some BLO on the handle and resharpened the bits.
     
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    I have noticed the sager I have has a noticeably harder bit than other axes I own and have owned. Is it the same with you?
     

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