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    Axe thread

    Thought we had one of these....

    My newly arrived Hultafors.

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    My first really nice axe, I've been using a couple Fiskars splitting axes in the woods (an 18" and a longer one probably around 28") and while they're quite durable and excel at the splitting part of their job, the plastic handles just don't feel great in my hands. So I've been keeping an eye out for something a little more upscale, and finally took a chance on ordering this. I've got to say, I'm pretty pleased, the 26" handle is a comfortable length, well shaped and the grain is both straight and well orientated. I'm in the process of giving the handle a light sanding, both to remove the silly Swedish warning stamps and to prep it for a few coats of boiled linseed. Making a sheath is also on the short list. Very excited to get this one out into the woods, it's a far cry from the Mastercraft Estwing knock off I started with and still keep in the back of the truck as a beater.
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    Top is just a standard fire axe I got working onsite in the oil patch.
    Middle is one I found hiking in the bush
    the bottom is a cold steel one I picked up a couple years ago for trading a cheap bottle of booze


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    Hey haywire I think your fire axe is axually (lol)a paulaski tool look none the less

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    Much better. The handle has taken on a really nice sheen and the grain just pops, but the photo doesn't really do it justice. I also changed the handle profile underneath the beard very slightly. It was quite sharp, and not so good in the hand if you choked up on it. Just rounded the front edge over a little in that area, gave the whole thing a sanding with 60 grit, then scraped it down with a sharp pocketknife for a smooth finish. Rubbed two thin coats of oil in and soaked the end grain above the head really good so it'll stay tight. Very happy, I'll give it a couple more coats this week.
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    From time to time over the past decades I've been looking for an irons tool set (halligan bar with married axe). Never found one in Canada. No particular use, I just saw a documentary dedicated to it years ago and thought that was a cool thing. Glass case display it on a wall somewhere maybe.

    These sorts of things:

    - A married set of Halligan bar with 8lb axe with marrying slot https://www.thefirestore.com/store/p...lb-Chrome-Axe/

    - old style fireman's pickhead axe https://www.thefirestore.com/store/p...hickory-handle

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    No axe pic, but here's today's wound from slipping while sharpening the BATL hatchet for Monday night league night.



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    This is what I've been using.




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    Gransfors Bruks Splitting maul on the left, Old Gransfors Bruks, unknow double bit, and Gransfors Bruks small forest axe.


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    I have a couple of Great Lakes Paper Axes that my father got when he worked for the company a long time ago. In my opinion they are the most comfortable axes ever, they are out at the cottage I will get my wife to take picture of one if I can remember next time we are there.

    RangeBob how do you like your ratchet loppers? I have the same pair and have nothing but good things to say about them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Northshore View Post
    RangeBob how do you like your ratchet loppers? I have the same pair and have nothing but good things to say about them.
    They're fantastic.

    Similar to B at
    http://www.leevalley.com/en/garden/p...=2,42706,40720

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