Advice needed

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by Curt Hal, Jun 2, 2019.

  1. Curt Hal

    Curt Hal Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 8, 2014
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    I just got a Sater Banko 2 3/4 lb head to refurbish. I was trying it out on some of the handles I have. Of all of them it best fit this 28” straight handle that I got from HH. It was one of their standard handles; not hand picked. The axe head slid on there like they were made for each other. With a couple of mallet whacks and a wedge, it’ll be done. The only problem is the grain on the handle is exactly at right angles to what it should be. I have no experience with this kind of grain alignment, but the physics and everything I’ve read say it’s not ideal.

    Would you take a pass on this handle or give it a go?
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  2. Agent_H


    Aug 21, 2013
    /that will work just fine
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  3. Trailsawyer

    Trailsawyer Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 6, 2015
    I would give it a go!

    I think that the 2 3/4 Sater Banko on a 28" straight haft would make a great "fallers axe" for trail work, especially when accompanying a crosscut saw......
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  4. ithinkverydeeply

    ithinkverydeeply Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 17, 2018
    Let’s see the two of them paired up in a picture!?
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  5. Yankee Josh

    Yankee Josh Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 31, 2018
    In my experience so far grain orientation such as your handle has performed the same as perfectly orientated ones. I've found them to be a little more flexible. I don't think that's advantageous because it'll absorb energy that should be expended in the cut. I of course prefer the inline orientation but it doesn't really matter as far as I can tell.
    Hang it and share!
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  6. A17


    Jan 9, 2018
    Provided there's no runout I haven't had either the "good" or "bad" grain orientation do to terribly better or worse than each other. I say go for it!
  7. Curt Hal

    Curt Hal Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 8, 2014
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    All I did was bang it on with a rubber mallet. I’m sure if I bang it on with the baby sledge, it will go on with some nice curl and no gaps. There’s good room for the wedge.
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  8. Square_peg

    Square_peg Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Half of the grain is continuous through the haft. That's probably good enough for a small axe like that.
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  9. ithinkverydeeply

    ithinkverydeeply Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 17, 2018
    It looks right at home there!
  10. jblyttle


    Sep 3, 2014
    Yeah I'd run with it. Nothing to lose but some time if it ever fails.
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  11. Old Biker

    Old Biker

    Sep 25, 2016
    I guess I'm in the minority here. But I wouldn't buy that handle, and I certainly wouldn't put it on any tool I expected to do any work with.

  12. A17


    Jan 9, 2018
    He already bought it I believe.
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