Well, I guess the title says it all.
Has anyone pitted these two against each other? I owned both for a short time, and decided to sell the mini. It was bought by someone here.
At that point I hadn't really used either one much. But this summer and fall the Outdoor Axe has seen a lot of woods time. After reading through the traveling Mini GB thread again this morning. I can't help but wonder if I didn't miss something.
Here are the two side by side,
They are both really cool in their own right. But I decided to keep the Outdoor Axe. I have come to rely on it much more as one of my main woods tools. Choosing to pair it with a Silky or CS (Curtis-Stebbins) saw and a small knife.
Probably after Thanksgiving, I will be doing a thread on the changes I have seen in myself over the years with regard to woods tools. Ironically, I am almost back where I started.
I see the Mini gets its fair share of love around here. But the Outdoor Axe not so much. If I had a time machine. I would never had sold my Mini. And I would have done a lengthy side by side shootout. But that ship has sailed. So I'm looking for some feedback.
I have found the Outdoor Axe to be easy to carry, and quite capable. It is hair popping sharp after some stropping. It limbs quite well. Chops anything smaller than wrist size. Anything bigger falls to the saw. and does a decent job with feather sticks. I haven't tried to make breakfast with it yet, but maybe over this weekend. If the bride isn't paying attention. Maybe I will try and slice our turkey with it.
What I like about it, is it fills the chopping, batoning, nich very well. Allowing me to utilize a smaller belt knife for the finer work. Such as my Helle Harding, or Buck 105.
I have never been of the "one tool" mind set. Sure I ponder it from time to time. And if it ever materializes, I imagine, I will get by with what ever I have. But dad always said use the right tool for the job.
If using a knife, I have taken to building myself some hardwood wedges and doing much of my batoning with them. Once I get a split started. I pound in the wedge slowly, until it frees up the knife. This method saves a lot on the knife, because I can pound the wedge senseless without worry.
In truth, I only seem to baton when I'm close to home. Most of the time when I'm further out. There seems to be an abundance of available wood for the taking. But I do enjoy one stick fires, and seeing feather sticks burst into flames. so it happens ocassionally.
Just wondering if I am the only one who chose the OA over the Mini?