axe handles to what weight of heads?

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  1. copenhagen69

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    Well, I blame Larry but I have been consumed with axes after he sent me one. I was wondering since I put the wrong handle in the one he sent me.

    What handles go with weights of axe heads?

    lets say ....

    1-1.9 pound head
    2-2.9 pound head
    3-3.9 pound head
    4-4.9 pound head
    5-5.9 pound head

    What size handles should I be looking at for each on of those?
     
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    House handles has a good online catalog, it has dimensions on each item.
    They should have proper proportions out of the box.

    1.25-1.5 lb Hatchet, 12-16"
    2.25 lb Boy's Axe, 26-28"
    3.5 lb single bit 28"-36", 26"-30" if you have a fireplace axe meant for indoor work.
    3.5 lb double 28-36" straight
    3.5 plus, no clue.
     
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    House can do most anything, I took the 6 pound Geezer whopper over there and they made one to fit it a 36 inch, it was too wide through the eye for any standard handle to fit.

    I have a 5.5 pounder on the way to me and may have to do it again.

    And I will gladly take the blame for getting you dreaming about axes, some even say I am a ENABLER what ever that is, I just don't know!:59:
    House will send you a catalogue or assist you on the phone if you give em the eye measurement too.


    Larry
     
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    I like 19" to 22" handles for all my 1.5# heads, and they work like a charm. Never was a fan of short handles! I don't have anything heavier than 4# jersey and I have a 31" handle in it. I'm weird I guess, I like longer handles in my small heads and shorter in my bigger heads.
     
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    Yeah... Shame on you Larry... :4:
     
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    Hey Ka-Bar is an enabler as well...LOL
     
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    Here's what I do...Its the Bob-method (being my name is Bob). From 1 -1.4 = 14-16" handle, 2-3.5= 28-30" handle, 3.5-4= 30-36" handle. Although, I have been looking for a 3 pound head to haft on a short handle for a camp axe. Sorta like Shnick's sweet fireplace axe that he posted a pic of.
     
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    Thanks highlander...
     
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    Thanks Shnick! That seems like a legit way of handling it all (pun intended haha)



    Hmmm I guess I will contact HH about the bigger sizes and see what they can do. Just curious ... how much $$ would they charge for a custom? Their prices seem very reasonable on the website so I would assume they would stay reasonable for customs?






    Thanks!


    Haha, the Bob-method seems like a good one to me :dblthumb:
     
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    Don't forget to measure the eye. :1:
     
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    Yeah that's a biggie too. I have a Plumb Boy's axe that has a super tiny eye. Something like 1 5/8th" by 7/8" or thereabouts. If I had not have put the head on a scale and weighed it. 2.3 pounds. I would have made the mistake and hung it on a 16" haft. I sorted through a bunch of boy's axe handles at my buddy's tool store and found a suitable 26" haft. That little thing is a cutting fool and balanced well.
     
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    Why does HH not have any handles from 20-27" handles? ... All I see are 19" and then 28" handles
     
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    They make what sells and we are a very small part of their business.
    Kind of standard stuff with handle companies.

    Larry
     
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    Handle size isn't up to what a chart or book says, it is up to you with what u feel comfortable with. I have seen a e heads of various weights on all kinds of handles, from a 1.5 lb head on 28 inch handle to a 4 lb jersey on a 19 inch handle. It's about what is safe comfortable and leasing for you.
     
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    Makes sense .. just seems like a big gap for axes.

    Very true .. although I'm still new to axes so I am trying to figure out a nice common agreed upon base then I can fiddle with that and start tweeking to my needs.


    sent from a phone using the interwebz
     
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    If I am wrong correct me...but the longer the handle the more striking force, and the shorter the handle the more accuracy
     
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    Yup! I have a 14" Bahco hachet with a 1.75# head and that was too heavy for me as a hachet so I am adding a 21"-24" handle for a light-ish axe.
     
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    I run a 28-30 inch on m large axe heads such as this #5...

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    On my boy's axe I use for trail work, which goes with me hiking, I use over a 30 on a little #2 head...why? Because I use the bottom of the beak [aka the beard] to hook branches etc and pull myself up steep terrain and the fawn foot often has a metal cleat to use as a walking stick when needed....also it has a powerful swing for a small axe head...plenty of head speed to counter act the small weight of the head...Don't want heavier weight due to the terrain and distances.
     
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    Nice axe 333. That a House Handle?
     
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    yeah it is...a 1630AA octagon that I burnished and soaked hot waxes and oils into
     
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    that axe handle looks amazing! haha I wish I could make something that cool
     

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