Basque axe for me.

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  1. NoBrakesRacing

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    Good evening,
    Just had the opportunity to acquire an axe from Jauregui and thought I would post a picture.

    I'm from Bilbao, in the Basque Country, living in Texas, and just went to Spain for vacation. After following this forum for a while and learning the differences of the Basque axes I had to have on of my own.
    Went to my favorite hardware store in bilbao and they had them and even at the best price after checking another store.

    Decided on the 1.5 kgs head (they had them every 250 grams up to 3 kgs), the 1.750 kgs felt good too, but thought it might get heavy after a while.

    This was the only one they had in the weight and it has a couple small issues. Seems the handle was a bit loose and the guy from the store decided to add a couple wedges vs sanding and fitting it better. I set him straight and he appreciated the info. Will deal with the handle if it breaks. It also seems to have a bit of discoloration and small chip on the top of the edge that I'm not concerned about.

    Since it had those issues, he offered to lower the price from 48€ to 40€ (about $43) so it came back to Texas with me.

    Have only tried it a little on a dead tree in my back yard and it throws great chips and feels very comfortable.

    Glad to have brought home a great piece from my heritage.

    Have a good evening.

    (Sorry about the double pics, not sure why)


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    way cool right there ...
     
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    You might soak and reseal the wood .
    I wouldn't worry about the chip , in time after a few sharpening's it will all disappear
    The head definitely is different, no pole to speak of but then its obviously not designed to use for splitting wood or using the head as a hammer.
    A good prize , thanks for sharing.
     
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    I'm a biggie on appreciating my heritage! As someone who's DNA looks like an area map with a south-western edge of Scotland, northern of sweden, a little eastern coastal european and everything in between, Basques are BAD A$$. Seriously, showing up with a "strange firm fleshed dried fish" for hundreds of years before Columbus?(COD) Whaling the eastern seaboard of the US before anyone else? I'm a fan. Eh-Vecking indeed. (a-Viking= To travel, trade or otherwise obtain livelihood)

    Good buy, I'm glad your in touch with your roots and will be in touch with some trunks in the near future ;)
     
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    Thank you, I'm not worried about the chip and the discoloration, as soon as I sharpen it a couple times it will dissappear.

    I will end up sanding the haft a little and treating with boiled linseed oil but will use it some as is.
    The wood is beech which is choosen so that it does not heat up the hands while using.

     
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    I'm very proud of my heritage as are all basques. It is a very interesting culture and one of the very few ancient ones with its own original language still surviving and thriving.
    That cod makes for some super tasty dishes.

    Take care.

     
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    Looks like a neat axe to play with! I've been eye balling then since Roosters video with one.
     
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    That's another thing I like about basque culture, fierce pride and indifference to outside influences

    Bucket list place to visit too..
     
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    Always exciting to see tools from various areas of the world. And it's great when finding unique items that tie into one's heritage.
    How does it compare to American designs in use?
    It's interesting that it doesn't have a poll.
     
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    Nice axe. I am surprised to see wedges in the slip fit handle and what looks like nails. Did it come that way?
     
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    The wedges and nails are not necessary and were added by the hardware store gut in an attempt to "fix it".
    I wish it did not have them but he did not have any more in stock. The other store that had the axes was asking 66€, so I decided to take it at 40€.
     
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    I'm not that versed in axes, only use them occasionally.
    They have a heavier head and a shorter haft/handle for supposedly better control in brushy areas.
    The convex shape of the head is designed not to stick in the wood but to throw the chips off.
     
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    It is a wonderful intersection of culture, geography, history and in my biased opinion the best food in the world.

    The history of of the Guernica tree and the "fueros" agreed under is a very interesting aspect of its history.
     
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