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A good axe

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:36 am
by verdesardog
is so nice to use.

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Re: A good axe

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:21 am
by FirerescuePW
That's a good-looking axe.

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Re: A good axe

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:28 pm
by TwinStick
Is that a Gransfors Bruks ? If not, what is the brand name ? Husqvarna ? And yes, a great axe is a joy to use. Something very primitive about using an axe that makes you feel good. :lol:

Re: A good axe

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:53 pm
by Will
Same goes for a machete :)

Re: A good axe

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:55 pm
by DamageWagon
Will wrote:Same goes for a machete :)
Only for you Floridians!


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Re: A good axe

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 6:08 pm
by Bill2014
Slap a fiberglass handle on that puppy :poke:
And that will reduce the vibration shock too

Re: A good axe

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 6:20 pm
by DamageWagon
Bill2014 wrote:Slap a fiberglass handle on that puppy :poke:
And that will reduce the vibration shock too
NO. NO NO NO. Fiberglass handles SUCK. They are what kill your hands. Wood is perfect, it absorbs the shock. Fiberglass handles are too rigid and transfer it all straight to your hands. Wood ftw


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Re: A good axe

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 6:46 pm
by Bill2014
DamageWagon wrote:
Bill2014 wrote:Slap a fiberglass handle on that puppy :poke:
And that will reduce the vibration shock too
NO. NO NO NO. Fiberglass handles SUCK. They are what kill your hands. Wood is perfect, it absorbs the shock. Fiberglass handles are too rigid and transfer it all straight to your hands. Wood ftw


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It's interesting that you think that. I've got more than 20 sledges, axes (single and double sided), go-devils, etc. all with fiberglass core handles. They're my choice because they reduce vibration and won't break unless you abuse them. All the fiberglass axe handles are glued to the heads so they don't require a supply of wedges to keep the heads on tight.

Re: A good axe

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 6:53 pm
by Colibri
It could well be a Gränsfors axe, they are fantastic!

Re: A good axe

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 6:57 pm
by DamageWagon
Bill, I've never felt that way about fiberglass, I wonder why we have different feelings. On the fire department we had almost all wood handles and a few fiberglass ones. The fiberglass ones would eat your hands alive. Same exact tools, same job, but everybody went for wood. Same with my personal tools. We experimented when we brought a pick out to break some soft granite at our shooting spot, and the fiberglass was painful on the hands. I dunno man, different strokes for different folks?


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Re: A good axe

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:25 pm
by verdesardog
It's a Hults-Bruk, hand forged in Sweden. I photo shopped out the name because I hate labels and do not do free advertising.
No fiber glass handles for me.....

Re: A good axe

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:26 pm
by TwinStick
For me, no fiberglass handles in the winter. I broke one on my sledge hammer. Missed & hit the post at about 10*F & bam, it broke. To be fair, I suppose wood may have broke too, IDK. Fiberglass is better in the summer, But I also prefer a wooden handle for an axe anyways. Hults-Bruk is also a very good axe, one of the best in fact. It seems they are the oldest axe maker in Sweden, at 300 years old, vs Grandfors-Bruk at 100 years old.

And machetes are not just for Floridians. Any self respecting man---especially one who owns a Power Wagon, should also have a quality machete or 2. And I do mean quality, which in the case of machetes, does not mean expensive. They can be expensive though if you want a fancy one. I am an absolute fan of my Ontario 18" & 12" machetes. For around $21 it is hard to beat it. The trick with machetes is the heat treat. Ontario Knife Company has it down to a science. I once out chopped a guy with a $600+ custom knife with my $21 Ontario 12" machete. He was mad beyond belief. I have a few South American machetes that got an absolute epic FAIL. The blade edge rolled right over on the first chop. People have told me that machetes are not supposed to be razor sharp, for exactly that reason, because the edge will roll. Not my Ontarios. You can shave the hair right off your arm with mine & they do not roll the edge.

Re: A good axe

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:02 pm
by adeluca73
TwinStick wrote:For me, no fiberglass handles in the winter. I broke one on my sledge hammer. Missed & hit the post at about 10*F & bam, it broke. To be fair, I suppose wood may have broke too, IDK. Fiberglass is better in the summer, But I also prefer a wooden handle for an axe anyways. Hults-Bruk is also a very good axe, one of the best in fact. It seems they are the oldest axe maker in Sweden, at 300 years old, vs Grandfors-Bruk at 100 years old.

And machetes are not just for Floridians. Any self respecting man---especially one who owns a Power Wagon, should also have a quality machete or 2. And I do mean quality, which in the case of machetes, does not mean expensive. They can be expensive though if you want a fancy one. I am an absolute fan of my Ontario 18" & 12" machetes. For around $21 it is hard to beat it. The trick with machetes is the heat treat. Ontario Knife Company has it down to a science. I once out chopped a guy with a $600+ custom knife with my $21 Ontario 12" machete. He was mad beyond belief. I have a few South American machetes that got an absolute epic FAIL. The blade edge rolled right over on the first chop. People have told me that machetes are not supposed to be razor sharp, for exactly that reason, because the edge will roll. Not my Ontarios. You can shave the hair right off your arm with mine & they do not roll the edge.
I have had a military issue machete since I was stationed in AK. I think its an Ontario knife company blade, same company that makes the M7/9 bayonet & the issue AF flyers survival knife. All robust, reliable, and effective tools.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001CZDQ ... 1CAWP99DAM
https://www.amazon.com/Ontario-Knife-1- ... B0001WBIEY

Re: A good axe

Posted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 12:04 pm
by TwinStick
Yes, Ontario has/does make machetes for the military. THAT is how they got their heat treat down to a science. By making tens/hundreds of thousands of them. Also the M7 Bayonet's & others. The heat treat is key. They are not all perfect though. When I was in Germany in the US Army, we had a bad batch of bayonets. Too high of a Rockwell heat treat. They were brittle. I broke about 3 myself. They shit canned the whole lot of them & got new ones, no issues then.

Lots of people love Ontario machetes because they are relatively inexpensive & can be modified by anyone for their specific purpose. And, if you screw up the modification, you are not out a lot of money. I put a Bowie tip & thinned the grind on mine and also modded the handle some and put a 2 finger choil on it for doing fine/close up work.

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Re: A good axe

Posted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 2:13 pm
by adeluca73
Mine doesn't look like that--mine looks Vietnam era. Generic black block poly handle, and a longer profile blade, thinner from blade tip to back, but thicker.

Re: A good axe

Posted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 4:40 pm
by RamGentry
I can appreciate a good axe in a set of irons. Pretty used to the fiberglass handle

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Re: A good axe

Posted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 5:13 pm
by DamageWagon
Gentry I didn't know you were FD. I miss my Halligan. I carry a Pulaski with the truck to make camp spots and to take care of small brush fires when I'm out in the boonies here in CA


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Re: A good axe

Posted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 8:16 pm
by bstefanic
New Husqvarna 576926201 26" Curved Wooden Handle Multipurpose Logger Forest Axe https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004WJGXAQ/re ... xorzBgSw8E

Have a couple of these....they're amazing. Really only the handle is Husqvarna....the head is hand forged in Sweden. I don't remember the company at the moment but they make seriously expensive axes

Re: A good axe

Posted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 8:20 pm
by bstefanic
verdesardog wrote:It's a Hults-Bruk, hand forged in Sweden. I photo shopped out the name because I hate labels and do not do free advertising.
No fiber glass handles for me.....
May have just posted the same thing that you did

Re: A good axe

Posted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:31 pm
by TwinStick
The reason I asked if it was a Husqvarna is: :secret: there was scuttlebutt in the axe world that the Husqvarna axe's heads were made by one of the top makers in Sweden, yet priced MUCH lower than the ones they make themselves. We could never find concrete evidence to either confirm nor deny those rumors though. Some even said they were seconds that they just cleaned up & removed the blemish's on. We will never know.

What we DO KNOW is, the quality of the Husqvarna axe's heads are on par with the best Sweden has to offer, yet the price is more friendly for normal people like me.

https://www.smkw.com/gransfors-bruks-small-forest-axe

https://www.amazon.com/Hults-Bruk-Akka- ... hults+bruk

VS $199 for 3 ------ https://www.amazon.com/Husqvarna-Forest ... qvarna+axe

Re: A good axe

Posted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:29 am
by Juday
Nice axe, verdesardog! I've got a couple Gränsfors Bruk axes myself and LOVE them!