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pharaoh2
04-29-2012, 07:20 AM
Just curious who uses what and for what. I've tried several and my new favorite is a Fiskars X-15 and that really surprises me. I didn't really think it would hold up at all but outperforms hickory handled axe's especially considering my specialty technique of bludgening wood with the handle to death...


What are you guys swinging?

http://eshop.raledo.cz/obrazky/1093/sekera-fiskars-x15-121460-original.jpg

jwirecom109
04-29-2012, 07:45 AM
I just have a small Hand axe, all steel atm, just to cut up some wood at home.

Been trying to get a fireman's axe off of Flyinghigh for some time (his father is a firefighter)

Farlsincharge
04-29-2012, 07:49 AM
Estwing, one piece of steel. Nothing to break or come loose.http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/productImages/400/a8/a821a3f3-139e-4662-bde1-1eb93730ca39_400.jpg

I also have a Hudson Bay axe made in sweden from around the turn of the century. I picked it up for $20 last year, going to take it camping and put it to work.

bellero
04-29-2012, 08:34 AM
I bought a Gränsfors Bruks hunter's axe not too long ago. I haven't used it much yet other than for some firewood splitting for a bonfire but I'm very satisfied with the quality. It came razor sharp from the factory.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E89nlVmPeeU

FlyingHigh
04-29-2012, 08:54 AM
Personally, I can't stand the synthetic handled axes and steel Estwings. They just feel all wrong in my hands. That's said, I'll likely get one to use as a loaner and to bounce around in the truck toolbox so that my good axe won't get dinged up by inexperienced friends or wrecked in the tool box.

I'm currently eyeballing a Gransfors-Bruks axe. Probably the American Felling Axe model if I can find one. Lee Valley doesn't seem to carry it. But The Canadian Outdoor Equipment Company seems to. has anyone dealt with this outfit?

http://www.canadianoutdoorequipment.com/store/felling-axes-by-gransfors-bruks.html

mytiburon
04-29-2012, 09:29 AM
I have a Fiskars as well, love it!

Redhouse
04-29-2012, 09:51 AM
Fiskars X11, short splitter. Old Garant axe, haven't been able to break it yet though the steel isn't the best.

jonanddad
04-29-2012, 05:05 PM
When I buy one it will be a Fiskars I have heard only good things about them

Farlsincharge
04-29-2012, 08:40 PM
time for actual pictures.

I found the Hudson bay axe and hatchet at the gun show last fall for $25, new handles and all. Can't wait to put them to work this campfire season.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm246/farlsincharge/IMG_0013.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm246/farlsincharge/IMG_0001.jpg

Prince Jimmy
04-29-2012, 09:14 PM
I use a maul with a steel pipe welded to the head for a handle 99% of the time, we do own a very old 'timber cruisers' axe for splitting kindling at home it has amazing balance!!

One Doomed Space Marine
04-29-2012, 09:15 PM
I use a Fiskar hatchet for small work.
I have a Yardworks Crappy Tire splitter for the heavier work.
Just sharpened her up with the Basterd file a couple weeks ago.

OutdoorPursuitsCanada
04-29-2012, 09:17 PM
I use a Fiskars as well - amazing tool. Gerber is owned by Fiskars and their axes are the same deal, check them out if you'd like:
(down near the bottom of the linked page - 4 Gerber axe sizes we sell)

http://www.outdoorpursuitscanada.com/categories/Tools/Axes-Hatchets-Tomahawks/

OutdoorPursuitsCanada
04-29-2012, 09:18 PM
Another one worth checking out is the TOPS HAKET(http://bit.ly/GYfZDR) - CWS did a review of one we supplied to them

http://www.canadianwildernesssurvival.com/reviews/knives-implements-a-tools/90-tops-haket-survival-hatchet

lone-wolf
04-30-2012, 02:30 PM
I got a Fiskars, I think it's the camp axe model. Perfect for the truck, leave it in there and have removed a few road blocking trees & helped get unstuck a couple times as well.

superbrad
04-30-2012, 03:00 PM
I have a fiskars as well as a big Maul for those real stubborn pieces....

MikeyT
04-30-2012, 03:21 PM
My 3 main axes are all Gransfors Bruks. I've got a Wildlife Hatchet I keep in the truck which gets used out camping or for odd jobs at work. I've got a regular Forest Axe which gets used a lot around camp and at home clearing bush, and a Splitting Maul which gets used for the obvious purpose.

After getting used to Gransfors I'd have a hard time spending money on another brand of axe - they're great.

arancio
04-30-2012, 03:22 PM
I use the axe that was used by Robert the Bruce at the Battle of Bannockburn in June of 1314. Mind you, it's had two new heads and four new hafts since then.

Turkeyslayer 1300
04-30-2012, 06:09 PM
Gransfor Bruks Forest axe as well as a Marbles Double bitted hatchet.

I also use an old nameless double bitted axe that my grandfather owned.

superbrad
04-30-2012, 07:08 PM
Gransfor Bruks Forest axe as well as a Marbles Double bitted hatchet.

I also use an old nameless double bitted axe that my grandfather owned.

That's awesome.... I also still have gramps' double sided axe as well as his hatchet...

blacksmithden
04-30-2012, 10:14 PM
Fiskars...best axe I've ever owned, bar none, and I've owned quite a few. It weighs nothing...swings with ease...and I don't know what the heck they made that blade out of, but it just BLOWS through wood like nothing I've ever used before. One thing...if you clip a rock, piece of steel, concrete, or anything else that's really hard, there's a good chance you're going to chip (not just dull) the blade. It's made of some super hard steel that's hardened to the point of being brittle. I've never damaged my splitting axe, but I did take a chip out of the blade on my hatchet when I hit my concrete walk while splitting some kindling. My own fault.

lone-wolf
05-01-2012, 08:40 AM
How do people sharpen the fiskars axe?

JustBen
05-02-2012, 08:03 AM
I bought a pair of Fiskars this winter when they were on sale at crappy tire. I'm looking to see how they perform when I head out camping this summer.

50calshooter
05-02-2012, 08:33 AM
Well since I got a saw I suppose I should buck up and buy an axe now.. lol


It's seriously a vicious cycle...

Edward Teach
05-02-2012, 09:35 AM
Depends on what I'm doing with it.
For splitting I have an Iltis Ox Head. It's almost a maul and goes through wood kile a hot knife through butter.
I have an Iltis double bit that I've never had occasion to use, but it may prove useful one day.
There's also a Pulaski for grubbin in the dirt.
Got a Gransfors Small Forest axe for the pack, and a Cold Steel 'hawk with a couple more on the way.

superbrad
05-02-2012, 09:51 AM
Well since I got a saw I suppose I should buck up and buy an axe now.. lol


It's seriously a vicious cycle...

If you hurry up cambodian tire has all the fiskars line on sale this week.....

fogducker
05-03-2012, 05:04 PM
Well since I got a saw I suppose I should buck up and buy an axe now.. lol


It's seriously a vicious cycle...

thiis were you say your getting to damm old to swing an axe....you want an axe with a motor behind it:Bang head:

OutdoorPursuitsCanada
05-03-2012, 05:26 PM
How do people sharpen the fiskars axe?

I use a flat bastard type file. A few strokes one way until I get the edge to roll, stroke it back the same amount on the other side. Repeat with less strokes until finally down to one stroke per side. Gets it very sharp. If I was to use the stone on it to finish could easily get a near shaving sharp edge - but who really needs that on an axe?

Redhouse
05-03-2012, 05:48 PM
Fiskars...best axe I've ever owned, bar none, and I've owned quite a few. It weighs nothing...swings with ease...and I don't know what the heck they made that blade out of, but it just BLOWS through wood like nothing I've ever used before. One thing...if you clip a rock, piece of steel, concrete, or anything else that's really hard, there's a good chance you're going to chip (not just dull) the blade. It's made of some super hard steel that's hardened to the point of being brittle. I've never damaged my splitting axe, but I did take a chip out of the blade on my hatchet when I hit my concrete walk while splitting some kindling. My own fault.

Aaaaand they go on sale at CT about monthly or bi-monthly, so they're cheap to replace!

hometownhero
05-03-2012, 09:16 PM
I use a fiskars. Is there really anything else? lol

hometownhero
05-03-2012, 09:18 PM
How do people sharpen the fiskars axe?

Fiskars makes a sharpener for them. Works really well form what I have used it

zulu
05-03-2012, 09:40 PM
i got two (fisker) axes and no saw i really need a bow saw. i learned this while doing winter camping here in alberta jan

pharaoh2
05-04-2012, 06:27 AM
How do people sharpen the fiskars axe?

I use a fine grit diamond stone on mine. Works well enough that when I stabbed my knuckle it went plenty deep. :)

BrotherRockeye
05-04-2012, 08:27 PM
I have more axes than I can count...double bit,splitting mauls you name it...I have one that's sole purpose in life is keeping the dug outs open in the fall after freeze up...
Years of heating with wood lead to a collection of various implements from chain saws and single buck saws to swede saws and a multitude of axes...hatchets not withstanding...

and yes...it is a vicious cycle! :(

happykal
03-27-2013, 10:11 PM
http://i1245.photobucket.com/albums/gg600/happykalvin/KGrHqJp4E-8cGb48BPvCMsL9g60_12.jpg

It's a gamble artisan double bit cruiser. It's so light. I had my roughing edge and the other side is razor sharp. Not at sharps as my gransfors bruk double bit. But it's lighter and more comfortable in my hands.

rottweilerboy
03-27-2013, 10:25 PM
After helping out the neighbourhood geezer ( Blacksmithden ) and using his Fiskars ax , I bought a Fiskars ax the last time they went on sale at Canadian Tire . Also on sale , I got us a couple of brush axes , just cuz they look badass :)

Satain
03-27-2013, 11:07 PM
http://c2.soap.com/images/products/p/aun/aun-028_1z.jpg
:tounge:

FlyingHigh
03-28-2013, 09:07 PM
I just ordered up a Gransfors-Bruks Small Forest Axe for bush carry. It'll be strapped to the side of my pack whenever i head into the woods. After carrying a cheapo axe around for awhile, I found out just how much I liked having an axe with me and how much I hate cheap crap. lol. so i bought this one. :D

http://www.canadianoutdoorequipment.com/store/images/P/Small-Forest-Axe-%282%29.png

blacksmithden
03-29-2013, 10:04 AM
Nice looking axe FH...but have you considered a Fiskars ? I know...they're plastic. They're also tough as all get out, very light, and a pleasure to use. I walked past them on the rack at Canadian Tire for years and scoffed.....then I bought one....(and you know I've split a lot of wood in my day)....now, I'll never look back at a wooden handle axe again.

Xtreme
03-29-2013, 10:21 AM
And if you don't like the orange handle on the Fiskars, Cabelas now sells the exact same thing in black and grey but labeled as a Gerber.

FlyingHigh
03-29-2013, 11:10 AM
i have tried the Fiskars. I can't stand them as I hate the feel of a plastic handle for starters. The texture is wrong as is the ergonomics. If i break the handle on mine, I can simply make a new handle. You can't do that with a Fiskars (even though they say they're indestructible, i don't believe it. Not in my hands anyways, nothing is. lol). I also love the feel of a wooden handle. i've chopped a hell of a lot of wood for someone as young as myself and grew to love a wooden handle. It has a weight and texture that feel natural to me. I like my tools to have some heft to them with a good balance. I find the Fiskars axes to be far to light and unbalanced in my hand. I can't really explain it, but I'm very picky with things like this. When it comes to my tools, especially ones I may depend on, if it doesn't feel 100% right to me, it's not what I want.

The Fiskars are a decent all purpose camping tool, and chop fine but they're not a fine tool for bushcraft or tradecraft. The axe I bought is sized and weighted perfectly to be carried with me in the woods. It's designed for small tasks such as splitting kindling, building shelters, limbing branches etc. It's not designed for heavy splitting or chopping down trees. For that I'll be getting a heavier duty axe.

Xtreme
04-05-2013, 07:16 AM
All styles of the Fiskars are currently on sale at Crappy Tire, today 'till the 11th.

jwirecom109
04-05-2013, 08:45 AM
I recently got a Trail Boss (Cold Steel) from Outdoor Pursuits Canada

http://cdn1.bigcommerce.com/server700/5f531/products/389/images/1012/18-3442-Product_Primary_Image__45762.1337026372.1280.1280. jpg

Great Price too ;)

FightingShiba's
04-05-2013, 06:56 PM
Picked up a Fiskars at Canadian Tire today, should complement my splitting maul pretty well for the smaller stuff. Still want to get one of those Gransfors-Bruks though, look like a great product.

cmiller82
04-05-2013, 07:47 PM
This is what I thought of when I read the subject.

:p

http://i1251.photobucket.com/albums/hh550/Mills888/telecaster_full_zpsa9f15e63.jpg

jwirecom109
04-05-2013, 07:48 PM
That would work well cutting wood

Ryvax
12-19-2013, 10:20 AM
I just ordered up a Gransfors-Bruks Small Forest Axe for bush carry. It'll be strapped to the side of my pack whenever i head into the woods. After carrying a cheapo axe around for awhile, I found out just how much I liked having an axe with me and how much I hate cheap crap. lol. so i bought this one. :D

http://www.canadianoutdoorequipment.com/store/images/P/Small-Forest-Axe-%282%29.png

This is exactly what I want. Where did you buy it?

zulu
12-19-2013, 10:37 AM
I seen these at wholesale sports here in edmonton

lone-wolf
12-19-2013, 02:53 PM
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This stays in the truck

A corrupted individual
12-19-2013, 09:13 PM
I have the older style fiskars with a custom paint job by myself, I'll post pics later.

blacksmithden
12-19-2013, 09:46 PM
This is exactly what I want. Where did you buy it?

Try checking the Lee Valley Tools website. I think they carry that brand...or at least used to.

A corrupted individual
12-20-2013, 01:06 PM
http://i1312.photobucket.com/albums/t538/Luke_J_Morrison/IMG_0573_zps2830212c.jpg (http://s1312.photobucket.com/user/Luke_J_Morrison/media/IMG_0573_zps2830212c.jpg.html)

http://i1312.photobucket.com/albums/t538/Luke_J_Morrison/IMG_0572_zps6c32b687.jpg (http://s1312.photobucket.com/user/Luke_J_Morrison/media/IMG_0572_zps6c32b687.jpg.html)

Strewth
12-20-2013, 02:46 PM
This is exactly what I want. Where did you buy it?

Also Canadian Outdoor Equipment Co. Free shipping....

Ryvax
12-20-2013, 03:04 PM
They are out of stock... Canadian tire has a spend 200$ get a 50$ gift card today. Will pick up a fiskar as a temp till they are in stock.


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hercster
12-20-2013, 10:05 PM
I had an absolute love affair with axes for a long time. I had a specialty splitter as well as smaller ones that camped with us for years. Sharpening the axe around the fire was a ritual. I almost enjoyed having to replace the handle. From choosing the hickory to bedding the head with wood and metal wedges and then in epoxy was a labour of love.

Now like many, I have a medium Fiskers. I spent a lot of time buying striking and cutting tools for the CNR where we went through thousands of tools and handles a year. To me, the Fisker line is outstanding and my current axe will likely be my last unless I lose it.

Mad Hatter
12-22-2013, 11:33 PM
This thread brings back memories of my days trudging through the bush of northern Ontario and Quebec using my trusty axe to stake claims.