Replacement axe helve source?

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  1. PVF1

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    Hey BCUSA - is there a good online source for replacement axe helves? I'm working on refurbishing a 1970s wetterlings hatchet and I'm looking for a handle in the 16" - 18" range.

    I got one online through Bailey's but the grain is not very well aligned and I'm not sure if I want to use it.

    Would prefer something with a curved/contoured construction, something like this:

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    That's a stock photo of the Bailey's handle I got. I like the material (hickory) and shape but the grain is a good 45-degrees off at the butt of the handle.

    Any suggestions? Thanks gentlemen. :dblthumb:
     
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    I’ve received more than a few crappy hafts from house! Even when hand picked and no finish with octagonal sanding! The guy doing the sanding may have been 3 sheets to the wind, if you get my drift
     
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    Ebay search west woods handles.
     
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    Post a picture of the one you got. It might not be as bad as the internet has made you think.

    For a premium handle I've been very happy with my 18" West Woods handle. Pictured at the bottom.

    [​IMG]HH VS Amish by MJGEGB, on Flickr

    [​IMG]West Woods 18 VS GB SFA 2 by MJGEGB, on Flickr

    It all depends on what you want.
     
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    Westwood are far better in my opinion than house. House is cheaper but need alot more work...ive been lucky twice at my local Dennis co. With link handles.
     
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    Here are some pics of the handle I got from Baileys:

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    And then a bit of a close up on the grain at the butt:

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    Sure is a lot of annoying lacquer to strip, if nothing else :33:
     
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    Nothing wrong with that grain. Looking at the dark, light color break there appears to be no runout.
    The laquer is a headache. Get some rough sandpaper, and it's pretty fast though. Especially on a little hatchet handle. Scraping it isnt bad either. You'll probly want to thin the whole thing anyway though, so rasping, them sanding smooth will make it even easier.
     
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    Yep, the sharp spine of a knife will make quick work of the lacquer.
     
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    Not a thing wrong with the grain on that handle. I think the internet has made folks feel like anything short of "perfect" orientation will result in catastrophic failure which just isn't true.

    The lacquer will come of easy. I generally just rasp mine away. If using sand paper go with 36 grit or something very course. If you wanted a different length is the only reason I could see going with a different handle.
     
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    Another vote for West Woods handles.
     
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    I've used house handles and west woods handles and they were both good to go
     
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    I don't see anything wrong with it either.
     
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    I am a House Handle fanboy and much to do is made of grain that really don't matter, run out on your longer hafts that you put lots of stress on is more important to avoid, hafts are made to replace anyway.

    If you keep your axe really sharp with a good profile you don't need brute force.


    Larry
     
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    Thanks for all the responses. It's good to have BCUSA to clear up bad info from less authoritative corners of the internet :dblthumb:
     
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    So, anything wrong with beaver tooth handles?

    Just didn't see them recamended at all here, wondered if there was a reason. :)
     
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    Yeah, these guys are a class act on axe stuff! Class and integrity too; one of the go aheads you got on the handle you have came from the owner of West Woods handles.. ;)
     
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    @AK Adventurer, I've never used beaver tooth. I've heard some good reviews. Some mixed. Bout like all the rest. It is just an axe handle ;)
     
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    I have a few it takes a while for him to ship only because he is one person. I've only had one issue with a handle form him which was a very noticeable twist. The handles are nice better than house handles but as nice as others.
     
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    Anyone have a contact for west woods handles other than Facebook? I don't have a Facebook account and it's the only means of communication I can seem to find for them.
     
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    Classy move for sure. And an honest way to earn future business!
     
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    Another happy House customer here.
     
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    I decided to pull the trigger yesterday and place my first online handle order. I liked what I saw offered and the ease / convenience of ordering with @BeaverToothHandle.
    I am awaiting the handle to be shipped.
    A 28" Hickory, cruiser eye size double bit haft for this fella that I found in my mailbox late Saturday afternoon.

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    I have some beauties to hang and pay attention to

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    I will post up when the handle arrives.
    Then again when I hang this little fella on it:dblthumb:
     
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    Saw the thread title... was going to leap in.

    But, the forum had it covered. Carry on, men. My work here is done.
     
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    Update...about a four week wait for shipping from Beaver Tooth Handle currently.
    It's a one man operation and some personal matters have him a little behind.
    ...which is ok for me, one handle and really no time to hang anything anyway lol!
     

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