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Dull Boy's Ax

Discussion in 'Axe Mob' started by Flint_2016, May 17, 2017.

  1. Flint_2016

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    Not sure if I'm considered a member of the Ax mob yet but here goes.I bought a boy's ax from Tractor Supply and the edge is in my opinion completely useless.It's round,not sharp whatsoever.I took it to a guy to get sharpened,he took a grinder to it and it did nothing.Are all boy's axes this way?I feel like I'm misunderstanding something here.

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  2. MT_Fin

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    No, cheap foreign produced "hardware store" type axes are though unfortunately.
     
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    Clamp it in a padded vise and try sharpening it using a good file. Go slow, and use a sharpie marker to see where you're removing steel.
    If that doesn't work because the bit is too brittle, chalk it up to experience and start hunting for a nice old American made head at garage sales and flea markets in your area.
    On the other hand, you can buy the Council Tool boy's axe for a decent price. There's a thread in the Edged Tools forum about it, might be on page two by now.
     
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    Take a few good pictures to start. Then we can discuss moving toward.
     
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    Will do
     
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    The axes at my local Tractor Supply were made in India. The few that I looked at appeared to have thin bits, but who knows how hard or soft they are.
     
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    This is what to do. Take some from the side, and top down, with a light background so the edge is clearly visible.
     
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    I would have suggested going with a Council Tools boys axe instead had you not already made a purchase. They are dirt cheap for what they are. Use excellent steel, just moved to a new heat treatment process, have better than average handles, and come closer to sharp than most.

    That said, I'd stay away from the grinder. Generally you end up with a sloppy wavy edge. A good file is hard to beat like others said.
     
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    I'll bet a dollar you can get that thing to shave.
     
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    Easily. It's actually hard not to once you learn about filing to a burr over the entire edge. Then stoning and stropping.
     
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    Who do I mail that dollar to?
     
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    You deserve 1/3 a cup of coffee. Go splurg!
     
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    The one I got from TS was made by Truper, a major Mexican metal works. Good users, no where near top of the line but a bargain at 15 bucks for occasional yard work.
    No store axe is likely to come sharp because it is too easy for employees and customers to cut themselves.
    I also have a 25 buck Collins boys axe from ACE that just got a real good workout grubbing out roots from a 24 inch tree. Also made in Mexico, undoubtedly by Truper.
    In both cases I selected for the grain, and expected to do both wood and metal work to bring them up to my working standards.
     

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