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u/MemorableCactus · 2 pointsr/Axecraft

TBH I've gotten away from carrying an axe while backpacking entirely. If I'm splitting small logs I've really found that batoning them with a solid knife is just fine for me. So yeah, normally I just bring my knife and a bow saw like this. I just strap the body to my pack and pack the blade away safely. Saves a lot on weight (saw is < 11 oz.) and still gets me good results.

Ultimately we can't tell you what to do with your own axes, but I'd strongly advise against hacking up the one you've got. It seems like a lot of work and potential for botching it for pretty minimal gain.

u/slick519 · 2 pointsr/Axecraft

First, get a leather edge beveler, like this. it will make your leather appear much more polished and clean.

Next, get a stitching awl and some waxed nylon thread. i cant quite see your stitches because it looks like you filled the stitch line with leather conditioner, but they seem like they are too far apart. when punching the holes, it is useful to use a stitching pony to help hold everything together while you stitch.

Your edges are unfinished, but it isnt too late.... you can still burnish them. get them slightly damp by wiping with a wet sponge (you only need one or two passes!) and then rub the edge vigorously with a very smooth object. even a sharpie or a very smooth countertop will work. I know some folks that use denim or canvas as well... like they say, there are many ways to skin a cat! just keep rubbing until the edge appears shiny and smooth. it shouldnt take more than a few minutes.

also, the watch distracts from the presentation of your craftsmanship. remove it from all future photos

u/gun-nut · 1 pointr/Axecraft

I really like my Fiskars axe it's done everything I've tried to do with it. From carving spoons to splitting cottonwood (it was free) for the fireplace and yes cutting young trees very easily. Mostly gamble oak and mostly in one lick.

I have other axes that I like better. Two old double bits, one from when my dad was in the forest service and one i got on eBay that says CCCID on it. And an old fire axe I got from a thrift store I enjoy using these more but they don't work any better and I can't tell you where to buy your own.

The Fiskars axe is the one I leave in my truck because I like the others to much to let them rattle around back there full time and because it's always there it gets used the most (I only break out the others when I'm going to get logs to sawmill or burn).

Some people don't like the fiskars because it dosent have super hard steel but I haven't had a problem with it and I even dropped it onto concrete all along the edge from about 4 feet it made a little nick in the blade but it is still very usable.

As for the husquvarna axe (I'm assuming this one) it looks good a little more than double the cost of the fiskars and I am more of a sthil man myself they where about $80 at my local dealer last time I checked (about a year ago).

u/basilis120 · 1 pointr/Axecraft

Yes. The BLO should be good enough for a working tool. I replace the finish on all my hammers and axes with BLO and they hold up well. The BLO/beeswax can feel nicer in the hand but I'm not sure that it is tougher. Though the leather will do a better job of absorbing the melted wax then wood does.

For leather I prefer obenauf over generic mink oil. I think it does a better job but I haven't run a side by side test. I put that on all leather products so I would put that on first out of habit.

u/fromkentucky · 3 pointsr/Axecraft

Fiskars X7

14" hatchet for $24 (WalMart), w/ a lifetime guarantee. The steel is a little softer than a Gransfors Bruks or Wetterlings, but it's also super-easy to sharpen and takes a good edge. It splits well, chops well and carves well. I've used mine to carve a bow-drill kit.

Here's a video review.

I almost got the Estwing, but it's heavier and the handle doesn't go all the way up to the head, which makes carving, detail work and fine splitting difficult.

I'd really like to have a Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe because it's the right size and the bit is heat treated to a greater hardness, so it'll take and hold a much sharper edge, but that also means it's more brittle. I live in Kentucky, with lots of Oak and Ash trees and those woods are tough enough to chip a hard, brittle edge.

A Council Tool Velvicut Hudson Bay Axe would also be a great option. Though pricey, it performs as well as a Gransfors Bruks, but with a slightly softer edge so it can take a bit more abuse.

u/PLZDNTH8 · 2 pointsr/Axecraft

I use the splitting maul. Its awesome. My favorite tool I own. Some of my buddies think its strange I enjoy splitting wood. But this maul makes it enjoyable.

u/Nivuahc · 2 pointsr/Axecraft

For the ~$30 range I would recommend the Cold Steel Trail Hawk.

I say this because you'll find that

  1. It is a very versatile tool in the woods
  2. There are lots of people out there modding these things up
  3. You're not likely to find a better quality axe-like tool for the price (in my opinion)

    Congratulations on the nuptials!
u/The7Pope · 2 pointsr/Axecraft

Stanley spoke shave works great and under $20. You've got enough meat on that handle that you can practice and get the blade right.

Stanley 12-951 SpokeShave...

Then use your rasp there to clean it up and get things rounded off better. Finally moving to some sandpaper.

u/Darthtagnan · 1 pointr/Axecraft

A worthy endeavor, but in the interim, do have any good links to videos or literature that show axmanship, technique, and safety? Personally, I can't recommended The Axe Book by Dudley Cook

That or any literature or videos from the USFS

u/icmc · 2 pointsr/Axecraft

Eastwing makes a nice hatchet (My father has one that was handed down to him from his father that although it needs a restore job still works well). It is however heavier than something with a wooden handle so if weight is a concern you may want to look more this way. (Sorry I don't know how to pretty up a link)

u/sticky-bit · 2 pointsr/Axecraft

Splitting out a bunch of handle blanks from an oak log with an axe and some field-crafted wedges (although steel wedges or additional axes are a better choice.)

From the video description (some video "boilerplate" removed):


"Splitting an oak log into billets, staves or "rails" for axe handles, bowstaves, and other projects. Traditional and Green woodworking often starts with splitting wood for further processing rather than sawing it. It is possible to split most logs with one axe and disposable wooden wedges.

Link for the Council tool boy's axe, the red one in this video: The black headed axe that I use the most in this video is the forest service version of the council tool boy's axe, available only from Omaha Knife. There is another new model out now and 4 versions on the market in total. The red one is the cheapest and when you get a good one they are good axes but there are occasional quality control issues with the tempering resulting in soft edges. I think they are all pretty similar in the long run.

u/pariah1984 · 2 pointsr/Axecraft

Every time I’ve seen this style it’s been referred to as a Japanese style carving axe.

And I’ve seen a new one for sale with the exact same unique wedging/head mounting method with the extra metal tab but now I’m coming up dry in my searches.

Nice find!

Edit: given the head size, it may have originally been hung on a full size handle.

u/fishpuddle · 3 pointsr/Axecraft

I have the husqvarna 26" axe which is made by hults bruks. It has been a fantastic axe and keeps its edge very well. I also have a gransfors bruks axe and the quality of the husqvarna is nearly identical.

u/Phriday · 1 pointr/Axecraft

A brief overview:

First, read the sidebar. It's right over there to your right. Go ahead. We can wait. After you do that, this is a brief history of the Kelly Axe Company. I myself recently found an old Kelly Perfect axe in my late grandfather's shed. There is a really good video called "An Axe To Grind," produced by the US Forest Service that details hanging and sharpening an axe. There is also a really good book that's worth picking up. Also, you can check out Wranglerstar on YouTube. He does lots of tool restoration. I do warn you, though, he's a deeply religious guy, and not afraid to tell you about it. That kind of thing can get under people's skin. As for a handle, I'd recommend making one yourself. The first one will be a PITA and will probably wind up getting changed for your second one, but the feeling of empowerment you get from that experience will change your worldview.

To your questions specifically:

  1. Probably not. See overview.

  2. Not that I'm aware. Get yourself a file and whatever stone you prefer, and put an edge on it. That's a big axe, probably designed for felling. The handle that came on it is probably 36 inches. I'm 6'-2", and I find that 28 inches is the length that "feels right" for me. However, the tool that I learned how to swing is a sledge, so YMMV.

  3. See overview.
u/Sonoftremsbo · 1 pointr/Axecraft

Take a look at the Hults Bruk "Sarek" and "Björk". You should also consider the Husqvarna splitting axe (manufactured by Hults Bruk). All of these have raised cheeks for splitting and should fit your needs well.

I'm just posting links to some random stores here so you can take a look:

u/carol-doda · 2 pointsr/Axecraft

Here you are and it's only $29.79. There is another Sog T for a couple dollars less.

u/bear6_1982 · 1 pointr/Axecraft

here ya go

Also, much as I hate to say it, I bet there is a fiskars just about identical to what you described. Those will likely be in your budget as well.

u/theblackdane · 1 pointr/Axecraft

Remember that the lighter the axe head, the more work you have to do and the shorter the handle, the more dangerous. Unless you are 3 feet tall, boys axe or 3/4 axe with a 2.5lb head is in no way too small. The Husqvarna should be a good bet.

u/nilgach · 2 pointsr/Axecraft

Not to be a downer but I was just this week shopping for my first axe. I thought the X7 was attractive for price but I always go on Amazon and look at the worst reviews to see if they are reasonable objections, or just people who don't know what they're talking about. Many of them reported the edge bending/folding after light use.

I won't leave you with bad news without some good.

This is what I settled on:

It's the Helko German Standard Universal Axe. I obviously haven't had the chance to use it yet but if you take a look at their description of their manufacturing techniques and specifications, it's a VERY good sign. My understanding is that these are primarily sold in Europe, so I couldn't find many Youtube reviews, but again the mfg. standards speak for themselves. All that for only $49 + $5 shipping!