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    Recommendation? Modern EDC folder w/ removable scales (~$1-125)

    Awesome to hear - I just pulled the trigger on an open box s30v Manix 2 for $80. Had been eyeing it for awhile, but decided to put it off... then the price jumped from $91 to $101 and I was beating myself up. A used one for $80 popped up today and I figured some minor cosmetic wear isn't too big...
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    Recommendation? Modern EDC folder w/ removable scales (~$1-125)

    Been a long while since I've been on these forums.. Main EDC has been a Kershaw Leek for a couple years now. Been very happy with it, Kershaw's customer service and have even bought a few as gifts for friends and family members. Honestly think it's one of the best options for people who just...
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    Sooo .... What's the "proper" edge angle?

    Yeah I hate to admit it but if we're talking a general purpose work axe, I'm with Op1975 on this one. Like I said above: Unlike with knives, axes are more reliant on the overall profile than the actual edge. If we're talking something like a carving or broad hatchet/axe then yes, a well tuned...
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    Good axe sharpener near Hollywood, CA?

    Pretty dang envious over here... Really wish I had trolled my local HW stores when I heard Nicholson was outsourcing their production to Mexico/Brazil/Columbia. Didn't think the quality would drop but I swear these new files can only last 1, maybe 2 heavy axe reprofilings while my old US-made...
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    Sooo .... What's the "proper" edge angle?

    "Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe" -Abe Lincoln I know everyone takes this quote as a good metaphor for the importance of planning and preparedness, but I'll be damned if it doesn't hold up in the literal sense. Taking a worn, blunt, or...
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    Sooo .... What's the "proper" edge angle?

    print off page 29 of this manual at 100% scaling Glue to hard backing: Cut out with box knife: Unlike with knives, axes are more reliant on the overall profile than the actual edge. You can't simply judge how well an axe is going to perform based on the final inclusive angle. A...
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    What is an Axe - To You???

    I grew up in a rural area of the Philippines watching my grandfather (among other crafty folk) mold the natural resources around them to their needs using the most rudimentary of hand tools. Be it bamboo, wood or palm leaves, they'd collect and process the material to improvise all manners of...
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    3 1/2 lb head on a 28" haft?

    True - generally with replacement handles, about 1" to 1.5" is lost if you're doing your hang properly (seating down close to the shoulder and sawing off the excess). 36" and 32" are popular handle lengths which works out to 35" and 31" respectively after hanging. And I actually really love...
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    3 1/2 lb head on a 28" haft?

    I think those are usually 32". Realistically, 36"+ isn't that useful a length outside of felling really thick trees or for splitting wood - at least in my opinion. That said, it's all preference and what you practice with. If it feels comfortable, go for it. What's your height? That can be...
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    Council Tool Jersey felling axe

    I don't think Council specifies the steel used in their standard line aside from it being "tool steel." Anything above a .5% carbon content qualifies as such. That said, I VERY much doubt it's 1090. 1090 or 1095 are better suited for making knives where the high .9-.95% carbon content gives...
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    Where can I find a gransfors small hatchet for sale?

    Are you wanting a wildlife hatchet or a mini? because I believe the one you linked to was the mini.. I own the GB scandi, SFA, wildlife and mini. I believe of those, I probably use the wildlife the most now (in conjunction with a 3 lb Jersey or 4lb Connecticut). Realistically the GB's flat...
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    Camp axe edge thickness?

    Yeah pretty much what trigga said... For a camp axe/hatchet, a nice thin bit is fine as that helps it set into wood, chop and also helps with finer carving tasks... but the second you need it for splitting wood, you're going to want some thickness behind the bit to help wedge apart the grain...
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    Keshar Lal Villager Utility Knife

    Sweet work dude. I got #19 and am in the process of fixing it up as well. The handle had a pretty sizeable crack in it, but i sanded it down and used the sandings plus some wood glue to fill it in - almost looks just part of the grain now. Still needs more sanding and coats of BLO though...
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    Bamboo Cutter and Tarwar for 9/12

    Oh nifty! I haven't been very active on this portion of the forum in awhile. Is this the first of this version of bamboo cutter or have these been coming out? I have a bamboo cutter model from several years back, but it looks a lot different:
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    Pix and six blems for 8/29

    Aww wish I had seen yours. Same length but a full 6oz lighter? That's great. I kind of wish HI would go back to having more models at that nice 5/16" to 3/8" thickness. My fairly old WW2 is this thickness and I love it. The one I picked up for my father as well as others I've seen in the past...
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    Pix and six blems for 8/29

    Picked up the #19. How have these not sold yet?
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    HI Balance khukuri

    So now I'm confused - when we're talking about "balanced khukuris", are we talking about ones that 1) balances on a point on its edge? 2) has the balance point relatively center between the tip and butt? or 3) both? And which of these are requirements of the "balance" model specifically...
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    HI Balance khukuri

    Well that's rather odd considering it's specifically marketed to do so. But yeah, sometimes you'll luck out and get a model that also happens to balance along the lateral axis.. my old 18" m43 (which I still to this day regret selling off) came to me this way though it wasn't advertised to do...
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    Connecticut?

    Yeah the cutting edge on it is about 5 3/4" and it's almost exactly 7" long compared to the 5 1/2" cutting edge of the 3 lb Jersey. The Conn is very thick too, especially compared to my very thin-bitted Jersey - I had to put in a lot of work to thin down the cheeks and I think it still needs...
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    Connecticut?

    Definitely a Connie. You can tell by how drastically the toe and heel curves out - a dayton would be straighter and wouldn't flare out so close to the eye. Also just the width of the cutting edge compared to the overall length. I actually just went camping over the weekend and took along my 3...
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