Discussion in 'Edged Tools' started by IA Woodsman, Mar 9, 2009.
That's a beautiful axe @leightyj2
An 1123 is one of my favorite users too!
I really like that head design. How does it swing?
Oh man I dig the longer handle on that one! You have every axe man’
They swing great! 2.4lb head so they really can remove some material. But not too heavy to be unmanageable. Not something your going to swing one handed for any length of time though. On a 21” handle it’s like packing a miniature boys axe with you.
Trying another Gransfors Bruk Small Forest. I’ve bought and sold off a dozen or more of these.
The quality on them has gone way down in my opinion. The last dozen that I’ve bought have had uneven grinds, micro chips, crummy handles, lousy sheaths, etc.
Buuuuttt......I love the design and kick myself for not keeping sone of my older ones. This one is OK. Just OK!
The grind is uneven and the sheath looks like a group of 3rd graders cobbled it together. The handle is acceptable. Not great but acceptable. The handle needs a good sanding. It feels as if angry buck toothed beavers finished it!
I may just keep it for the price I paid.
An old friend tried to make it feel at home!
They need to harden their polls too.
Here are my Rhineland's I was fondling yesterday
Got this guy at a gun show this weekend. Couldn't resist. Made in Norway. Really a nice bevel on the edge and super sharp. Will test it out soon. Has quite a bit of forward weight but can choke up on it too. Delimbing should be no sweat with it. Comes with belt attachment and mask.
IMG_5770 by Ken Cardwell, on Flickr
Oh boy that looks good @Ken Cardwell l. I hope it is as functional as it is pretty.
Will let you know and show some stuff on its functionality later.
Getting real close to done now. Hung some little ones, some bruisers, and a few more boys.
Nice variety @Kelly W
I just finished this old Kelly. The head had a lot of mushrooming and took a lot of work to get it back into shape, but it cleaned up real good. After sharpening and a good bluing i hafted it with a 34" hickory handle that I stained with coffee and rubbed some boiled linseed oil on. Finally, I sealed the black walnut wedge with some black wax and made a sheath for it.
love that style; have one and wouldn't ever let go of it
Very nice job.
@Steinmetz great job on the axe. Like the straight handle.
There's my favorite saw again ^^^
Practicing panos. I'm so happy to be getting my space organized! I'm digging it.
I think it's safe to say that we're ALL digging it!
Hecsharp 3 1/2lb
Waltham 1 1/4lb
Made in Germany
Camp hatchet by @papstomahawks
25" BeaverToothHandle (was 28")
Dark Walnut Wedge
2 1/2lb. Plumb Cruiser
Finally got the mask finished up for my Billnas 1133. This one was done by Matt Justice from Beaver Creek Woodcraft. If you haven’t checked out his work, it’s absolutely the best in the business.
Looks real good and strong
Alright, I'm a newbie to this thread. Normally when I join in an existing thread, I like to go back and read the history. But some threads, they're just too long for that to be practical. Like this one, at 185 pages / 9225 posts. In a case like this, I just pick it up where it's at and follow on from there.
And what a page I was lucky enough to land on when I landed on this one! Wow! @Kelly W, I knew you had an axe collection, but I had no idea... I have personally known only a very small number of collectors who have taken their passion to that level, and those guys weren't collecting axes... that's awesome. Good show!
I did get a little chuckle thinking about you having guests visit who, though they understand your passion, may not be quite as comfortable around them as you are. Having them sit in one of those chairs with the awareness of all those heavy, sharp objects hanging right above their heads behind them, thinking "please don't let me accidentally knock anything off the wall..."
As a newbie, though, I guess I need to contribute...
I've always been way more into knives than axes. But since I joined last summer, my appreciation has been growing and I've been starting to use them more. My collection is still quite modest, and likely always will be, but I have gathered a small number of decent pieces. Nothing really fancy or custom, all production models, but good ones. This isn't everything I have but it's the nice stuff, some Gränsfors Bruks and Council Tool goodness...
GB wildlife hatchet, small forest axe, and Scandinavian forest axe; CT velvicut bad boy, velvicut Hudson Bay, and woodcraft camp carver.
As far as saws go, among my odds and ends I have this old, vintage saw from my grandfather. I don't really know anything about it. Do you?
Thank you for the kind words @kronin323, I love axes and always have. As you guess I do get mixed reviews of my decorating. The guys and youngins usually always love it, the moms not so much. During a party sometime back I overheard one of Karens friends ask her how she put up with my mancave. She replied "well it's better than bars and bitches". I smiled and it only reaffirmed my love for her. I find it to be a very rewarding hobby. I enjoy the thrill of the chase, I really enjoy restoring life into the vintage beauties and never fails I usually learn something along the way. There is a lot of history hanging on the walls and I like that. I was looking a 6 more today that need to be finished up
Managed to crack the half hatchet handle twice while rehafting. But I'll use it till it breaks all the way!!
@kronin323 , you've put together a very nice stable of steel there. Well done!
You know what's next, right? Vintage heads, restored and hung by you.
Just trying to help...
Big one man, Champion tooth, looks like it has a replacement handle. Center teeth look shorter then those at the heel, an indication of incomplete jointing back in the day. Could be an older model Disston 954.
Maybe this question is premature as you recently got some of those, but if you had to choose only two of those shown, which two would you pick?
You're right, I really haven't had a chance to shake them all down enough to give a proper answer. I got the wildlife hatchet first of that batch and, in comparison to my X7, well, let's just say that was the enabler that led to the others...
That said, there are two that have stood out to me the most so far. One is the Woodcraft Camp Carver. It's got that hardened poll for hammering; I used it to drive 10" nail-type stakes into a rocky/sandy mix lakeshore and it was awesome; the rubber mallet I'd normally use would have failed. Then it's got that little extra length over a normal hatchet, giving it more power and balance while still being small enough to be easily packable. I've been keeping it handy in the cab of my truck.
The other is the Bad Boy. It's got an awesome balance to it, with enough length to get serious without having all the weight and bulk of a full size (my full size is a Collins Commander from after they were bought by Truper, an early 2000's big box store purchase). I need to put in some mounts but I see this one living in my truck bed, hanging on the side.
My least favorite has been the Hudson Bay. The handle is just too short for a head that size, very head-heavy. A little too short for two-handed use, a little too heavy for one-handed use. I plan to rehandle it with their 24" option, which I think will not only improve its usability but also give it a better fit in the rest of my collection.
The two GB forest axes are the newest and I've barely had a chance to swing them around yet.
Almost ready for an axe stone GAW....Is this the place to do that? Thought someone just getting into axes would appreciate it.
Probably shouldn't post the GAW in the thread @Richinva. I can't wait to enter though.
Only one I really touched today.
Where should it go? Thanks.
Just create your own, new thread for it.
Is that the one that has like half a dozen different head attachments you can mount on that post above the poll?
Of course, I'm an idiot. Will post as soon as I get them finished up. Thanks.
That's the one.
Ah - BradGad has a recent thread on trail maintenance which reminded me of the ol' McLeod fire/trail tool I'd once used for such work; browsing amazon for McLeods turned up this axe as one of the results since a McLeod head is one of the accessories... it looked interesting. Have you tried it with the accessory heads? Are they practical in function?
This is exercise for my 58 year old muscles. An old Superior Warranted that was jointed, sharpened and set. Tough saw on green black cherry.
Looks a lot like that old one I posted a few days ago, asking for info. Nice.
I don't have the extras @kronin323
Handled/rehandled a few this weekend. Left to right; Council Tool Hudson Bay on 23" Council Tool handle, Gambles on 28" Beaver Tooth, True Temper Flint Edge on 24" Council Tool.
How do those Council tool Hudson Bay axes swing? What are they best suited for?
I love Flint Edges @LJHfrstr,
Could someone walk me through how to post pictures here? Everytime I’ve tried I always get this thing that says
Are you using the forum on a desktop, or Tapatalk on phone?