Carving Axes Right Hand Grind

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  1. Torrin

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    Which side of the bit grind, looking from the pole should be steeper for a right hander?

    Thanks in advance
     
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    I believe left side if I remember correctly, that eat it bites in at a steep angle and pushes material away from axe
     
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    I'm no help, I thought it was the right side, think of a chisel grind on a knife, the flat side goes down.....

    Hey @Bax 40 any input?
     
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    Thanks 08H3. I was thinking about chisels but it didn't help any lol.
     
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    Have to think about this. I got a Hults Bruk Jonaker that is off, steeper to the left. I will be primarily carving with it so I'll have to see what it feels like before I reprofile it
     
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    I was gonna say it depends on what you're doing and how you use your axe. I don't carve a lot but I go with a double edge. Though I'm hardly proficient with one hand, I do like to have an edge I can use with both.
     
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    Ok great found a good answer.
    My axe looks just like this, great.

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    Many of the beveled axes are made so you can change them to either right or left by changing which side the handle is in.

    Larry
     
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    Thanks OB1, This is an aspect often forgotten. Not so sure about new sets but it was common practice in the day to use a less than permanent set and change handle direction. Especially in timber framing
     
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    Unless your photo is somehow reversed it is a left handed carving axe. I'm the worlds worst at describing grinds/angles but I'll give it a shot. The side closest to the wood is the one that should be a flatter grind, the steep/blunt bevel would be on the opposite side from the wood. If you are right handed your carving axe should look like this (looking from the top).

    Since a carving axe is used at a very shallow angle this allows it to bite in deeper without deflecting off to the right (away from the wood) for a right handed person.



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    That's exactly what I was thinking!!
     
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    Sorry my drawing is a little whopper sided... it matches me since I'm a little off too! :4: :3:
     
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    Here is my GB carving hatchet with a right handed grind.
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    Excellent photo brother!
     
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    Fellow member @stillman has an excellent video about these grinds that shows them in detail. He also does an awesome job of explaining why this type grind is so important for carving axes.
     
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    yep, here they are:

     
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    Thanks for the mention, @T.pollock



     
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    And thanks @UAHiker we were posting at the same time.
     
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    You're very welcome brother!
     
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    Carving with hatchets is one of my favorite activities in the woods. Nothing to add because it has been handled. Chomping at the bit to get back to my carving block. :D
     
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    The hatchet carved well as received with a steeper angle on the left. It gave a good distance from the carving, esp wuth the short handle, when swinging. What ultimately bothered me was the edge being off center. It was still very thick in the bit overall so I thinned the profile and centered the edge.
    Very pleased now.

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