Carving hatchet

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  1. Swineflu

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    I did a little searching in the threads but didn't find "the" thread. In the market for a carving hatchet/axe, used to do quick removal of bark and rough forming of tools, blanks the size of soup spoons and bowls. I'm thinking something like Swedish Carving Axe below (I can afford this but would prefer something cheaper for my first one).

    https://www.amazon.com/Gransfors-Br...S978Y32TV80&psc=1&refRID=WPB5P8Q2MS978Y32TV80

    Advice?
     
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    I've run into recent videos of the Camp Carver by Council Tool. I think it's around 140. Either it was 140 or Self Reliance's version was round 140. SR wouldn't answer my email on where it's made or if it is cast or forged though... CT's is forged.
     
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    Look at a carpenters hatchet for a cheap starter. joe
     
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    I'm waiting on my Robin Wood carving axe. I have his spoon knife and it is wonderful so I have high hopes for the carving axe.
     
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    I was considering the below..:33:

    Rinaldi Deluxe "American" Axe--10" Handle
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    $71.63
    Product Description
    A distinguished variation of the iconic "trade axe" pattern historically produced by North America and Europe for export to Central and South America, this handy compact axe packs some serious features into a small package! In contrast to many axes of this type, the head features a small flat-faced poll. While the eye of this axe is tapered to be compatible with slip-fit handles, this deluxe version is affixed to an oil-finished wedged handle. The head has been given a blackened finish and the edge brought to a higher polish than the standard version. Great for carving! 500g head.

    If selecting the Special Grade option we will further thin and refine the factory edge.

    Head Dimensions: 3 and 7/8" x 7 and 1/8""

    Overall Length: 10 and 1/2"

    Steel: Silicon Manganese Spring Steel at 58RC

    Weight: 1lb 7.6oz

    http://www.baryonyxknife.com/rideaaxha1.html
     
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    That one is the current winner, thanks for the suggestion!

    Good advice, I do have the Estwing all metal carpenter hatchet (going on 20 years), was looking for a wooden handle, more curved blade and maybe lighter.

    Never seen a small adze like that before, super cool.
     
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    That's a fine axe, love mine but it is on the heavy side for a carving axe. Have you considered modding a hawk? They can make an awesome light duty carving axe.
     
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    With the thin profile, the ability to remove the head quickly and by modifying the cutting edge into the radius you like it makes a nice inexpensive carver.

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    PS. Oh and it's easy to change the handle to any length you'd like or to have more than one handle length ready to go.
     
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    I like the idea of a hatchet mod too. Here's one I put together a while back. Light and nimble.

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    Please tell me more about this one.
     
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    It's an old Stanley carpenters hatchet I cut on and sharpened. I think the cutting edge is about 3 1/2 and the whole things weighs around 1 3/4 lbs. Nice little axe within it's limits. Easy to choke up on too.
     
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    Here is a good axe for $30. It sports a 1.3lb head on a handle under 16 inches. The bit is nice and broad and you'll find that it carves well after setting the bevels.
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    The Camp Carver is forged in North Carolina by an operator who moves the heads between dies under a drop hammer. When asked which other axes did they make using this process the reply was, "everything except for hammers". If in doubt just give them a call. They always pick up and a person always answers my questions.
     
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    I did call them (Council Tool). Seemed like a nice outfit.
    SR were the ones that didn't return my email, nor my call. And their carver's description was lacking certain areas. Granted, a lot of folks don't like them, but since they've opened their store they've really fallen off on the customer service. They're fast moving onto my poop list, but for different reasons.

    I'm waiting for a store to get CT's Camp Carvers back in stock.
     
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    Nice. I have been very pleased with Council's communication. Here is where I purchased mine. They have pretty good communication when I called and answered any questions I had. Council Tool is making roughly 50-75 heads every two weeks, so they are trying to keep up with demand. Boundary Waters is ordering a dozen at a time so you order should be fulfilled within the month.

    https://www.boundarywaterscatalog.c...ool-woodcraft-premium-camp-carver-16in-162402
     
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    That "beard" or whatever you call it that makes it easy to choke up on piqued my interest.
     
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    Thanks. I had my order filled in there a couple weeks ago, but when I got to the pertinent information it showed they were out of stock.
    No hurry. I'll keep checking back.
     
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    Well I bought one faster than I thought. I was able to snag a new Hults Bruk Almite a little under $100, so I did. Head weight 1lbs, length 16 inches. Using it some I wish the head was a little heavier but definitely serviceable.

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    Congrats.
    I went ahead and put a Council Tool on B/O a couple days ago.
    No idea why. I just wanted it :)
     
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    I'll second the Robin Woods Carving Axe! For a purpose-built 'Carving Axe', that will also double as a fieldcraft Axe. It's a great tool!

    Here's an article you might find interesting.

    https://www.popularwoodworking.com/tools/robin-wood-axe-carving/

    I just checked the current price. 39 BPS or ~$50 USD. Not a bad price.

    Good luck with your purchase.

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    I'm going to play the devils advocate for you and say if you can afford the GFB pull the trigger. It's an excellent axe designed by one of the fathers of modern greenwood working. It's got a good amount of heft and comes razor sharp, plus you can get it with a single or double bevel (both of which are excellent). Buy once cry once. Plus you'll have a better resale value (if it's too heavy for you or something) so long as you take care of it.
     
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    I have to agree with the above. But, at 2 - 3 times the price. I have never used a G-B Carver, but they get great reviews. Because of the weight, people have said it takes some getting used to. I have a Sante Djarv Small Viking Axe and a John Neeman Robin Wood Edition Carving Axe. Love both of them! My favorite is the Svante Djarv.

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    I second the council camp carver
     
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    For carving I really tend to prefer a thick and short head and I've found no better than the Fiskars X7. I know the plastic-handled wonder isn't too well loved because of the use of modern materials (and lets be honest, it's ugly) but it's a very durable hatchet that I have used for countless carving projects for about 5 years now. I highly recommend it, especially for the price.
     
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    It's too cold to do much playing around outside, but first impressions on my Camp Carver are, I can make feathersticks easier with that axe than I can a knife :confused: Shaving sharp.
     
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    I find the GB large carving hatchet good for larger wood removal and bowls. A little too large and heavy for spoons. For spoons other projects, I have a Hans Karlsson sloyd axe, had to stalk a website daily for a month and they were gone in a day or so.....Have an old Dunlap carpenters hatchet that works too. Svante Djarv makes some carving hatchets also....

    Some comparison photos:
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    @mjh Great comparison. I have a dozen HK Gouges, an HK carving knife and an HK Adze. I love Hans Karlsson tool! I may have to contact them about their Sloyd Axe. You can see most of my tools in my avatar image.

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    Here is a larger shot of my tools. I forgot I also have an HK Draw Knife. HK make excellent tools.

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    Nice looking tool set there! Do your work in the kitchen?? I don't have heated work space but the heated porch would have enough room if I got all the other junk out of it.....have a GB adze that needs to see more work time....
     
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    I'm divorced. I work where I want. :50: With that said, I live in a small Townhouse, any woodwork is done on my back porch, Kitchen or Living Room. I do put a tarp down, but wood shavings are pretty clean. And, if its Greenwood, it smells nice. ;) My Oak chopping block is portable enough with a Mover's Dolly I can move it around easy. I 'borrowed' the idea of working 'inside' from Robin Wood/Master Woodworker. My space is limited, but I manage to do alright. I even have a Carving Mule/Horse in my Living Room. It's furnature. LOL! The Carpenter's Bench in the Kitchen doubles as an Island. I think my Townhome Association would balk at a Bandsaw, Lathe and Planer. I'll find out. LOL!

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