Axe Handle Length

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  1. Pontiac787

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    Hi all,

    While cleaning out my grandfather’s garage I came across a Kelly Works Red Warrior axe head. It’s a 3 1/4 lbs. Connecticut pattern. Any suggestions on what length handle I should hang it on? I’m thinking either 32” or 34”.

    Thanks!
     
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    We gotta see pics. I like the Connecticut pattern. That was a hard pattern to find a few years ago when I was looking.

    I think 32 is a good length for general purpose but it's a personal thing. Also have axes with 34 and 36 for felling.
     
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    I like 28" to 32" for that head weight.
     
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    32" would be my sweet spot for that head.
    But yeah, we gotta see some pics!!
     
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    It depends on what you're used to. For that weight head, I'd use between 30" to 36". I began axe work years ago with a Kelly perfect,3 1/2 lb single bit w/36" handle. That feels best to me but it's because my muscle memory is at home with it.
     
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    32 for me
     
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    Thanks guys. It’s going to be a general purpose tool since it’s my only full size axe. I’ll post some pictures of the head and the Norlund Voyager I found with it once I have some free time.
     
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    I got an email today that Whiskey River Trading had some handles in stock. I have a 32" single bit on the way.
     
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    Should serve ya well at that length lad. joe
     
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    Here are a couple photos. The “after” shot of the Voyager I just freshened up and the “before” of the Kelly Works Red Warrior.
     

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    The head cleaned up really well after a vinegar bath.
     

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