Custom Gransfors Scandinavian Forest axe

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  1. BeaverCreekWoodcraft

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    SOLD!
    Where to start with this one?
    This axe came to me used and it was a bit of a wreck. The edge and poll had some apprentice marks and the handle was warped.
    Unhanging this axe was disturbingly easy. I didn't have to remove any wedges, just popped the handle right out with a drift and mallet!
    The handle was steamed straight and then heat tempered to prevent a repeat performance. I did the unholy act of removing the Gransfors cartouche while thinning the handle down to something that feels better in the hand while still retaining the characteristic shape that everyone recognizes. The handle was finished with linseed oil and pine tar.
    Now onto the head, I filed the poll smooth and roughed in a bevel on the front end after cleaning up the profile.
    This Gransfors axes seem to stick in American hardwoods because of the very thin bit with it's fine scandi grind. To help overcome the this, I set this one up with a 22° convex bevel. Still plenty of penetration, but it's much more free in the cut and its absolutely surgically sharp!
    The whole head was buffed and the edge and poll were polished in preparation for hanging.
    The hang came together like a dream, the head seated hard without raising a curl for a firm compression at the neck.
    Then an Osage wedge was fitted to the kerf and driven home, tight like prom night
    The hang isnt falling apart this time!
    The original mask is still in great shape so it was simply cleaned and conditioned.
    160+the ride
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    Very nice job of bringing it back to proper form. Look great.
     
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    gohammergo I like sharp things.... Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Definitely a good save. :)
     
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    That's got character, nice work. GLWS :42:
     
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    hicountry Blue Granite Bushcraft Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Mine is a TT as well,
    maybe not all that special, but special to me.
    Tobias has the heat treat and forge absolutely dialed in.

    I'll never part with mine.
    Somebody will be mighty glad they grabbed this restored version.
    Best of luck to the seller and the purchaser.
     
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    Yep, TT builds nice tools, but I have not experienced a bad GB.
     
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    hicountry Blue Granite Bushcraft Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Nicely said.
    Mine are TT & MM
    Zero issues.
     
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    Love what you did with this one man. When I got to play with it and then go home and compare it to the scandi forest axe I have, you made all the right tweaks to this one!
     
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    I honestly dont have alot of experience with Gransfors. I usually stick with vintage axes of both American and European descent.
    But I've filed alot of steel and vintage Snow & Nealley and Säter Banko are some of the finest (and hardest!) heat treated steel I've worked with. This Gransfors was every bit as good, eats files, takes a surgically sharp edge and can hold up to the impact and stress of chopping and splitting.
    I do believe that steel of this level should be warmed under the arm and inside you coat in cold conditions.
    If steel this hard doesn't chip in single digit weather I would be shocked!
     
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    The price of admission on the story this Axe comes equipped with is worth every penny. I’ve got a Scandi among several other GB’s and were it not redundant, I would not hesitate for a second to snatch this one up. Great job BCW!
     
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    I am absolutely loving your work!
     
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    Per our PMs .....I will take it. Thank you, Chris
     
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    Pending... thank you Chris
     
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