Axe? Please educate me

Discussion in 'Carothers Performance Knives' started by Nathan the Machinist, Aug 22, 2020.

  1. never.truly.lost


    Dec 13, 2015
    @Nathan the Machinist I don’t know about a small axe but for a 2-2.5lb ish one that is set up well I would.

    mostly because I like well made things and I bring one to work everyday
  2. Lorien

    Lorien KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 5, 2005
    it's not what they look like, it's what they feel like ;)
  3. Lorien

    Lorien KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 5, 2005
    that's my favourite size axe, too. You get much smaller than that and you're in hatchet land. To my way of thinking, an axe is designed primarily to be used with two hands and an hatchet is primarily designed for one-handed use.

    for a full size axe/axe, what do you think of hanging a standardized CPK head on your choice of handle, vs. head and handle designed together using a proprietary fitment?
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  4. never.truly.lost


    Dec 13, 2015
    I’d like to try something new and see how it goes...but would also like the option to default back to a piece of hickory from House Handle (have been my go to for a while)
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  5. Airbornetx


    Feb 6, 2007
    Count me in!
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  6. Odog27

    Odog27 Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 20, 2011
    I’m good for one... and maybe a back up.
  7. mendezj

    mendezj Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 24, 1998
    I love anything well made. I’d love a small hatchet with an edge that won’t turn serrated after a few hits against bone. Now, an old machete made in Central America and a wooden club will do the job just fine.
  8. benchrest308

    benchrest308 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    @Jo the Machinist I'm telling you, if it has CPK on it, axe or otherwise, I won't buy it due to the fact I am too slow and will get beat out by 40 other individuals. This is not to say I wouldn't try....
  9. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    I am somewhat proficient putting handles on things, I'd say, and I'll be the first to admit that hanging an axe head does require a certain amount of skill that not most folks have.

    I wouldn't make having a standard handle a priority if you think there is a better way. Most guys just won't bother, so go ahead... do something new and innovative.

    (I'll still have a go at it regardless :D)
  10. Lorien

    Lorien KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 5, 2005
    I'm in favour of a bolt on fitment with a composite handle
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  11. SpyderPhreak

    SpyderPhreak Rocketman for hire Platinum Member

    Apr 13, 2004
    I think Nathan could just about literally cut wedges of 3V out with a bandsaw, poke an eye out of them, HT & sharpen, and they'd be better than most axes on the planet. He's right, most hatchet/ax steel is a joke by comparison.

    I am constantly amazed by how much better my SR-101 hatchet and 'hawk hold up, vs. my Gransfors and any other I've ever prersonally seen. Nathan would do a better job than Busse on this, I'm fairly confident (even my "thick" Pork Chop is only ~3/8" at the head, it needs more mass).
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  12. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Factotum Gold Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    Nathan, I'd buy anything from you which will bears your signature / CPK insignia even if Matthew Gregory's silliest idea in form of a CPK raisin peeler or his next silly idea, the ear & nostril hair trimmer ever come to fruition! All said, I am with Jo on this one meaning that the NinJo requires a heckuva lotta of convincing to get onboard. Knowing that you do not shy away from realistic challenges, you will produce one kickass axe/hatchet which will justify carrying your sigi which I will also proudly try to score a couple of; no questions!

    However, since I have now pretty much given up scoring folders from any other maker till yours comes to fruition followed by that Integral Shiv thingy, this knucklehead will stick with Jo's pragmatism purely for my own selfish wants in the order stated :)
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  13. madcap_magician

    madcap_magician Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2005
    So @Nathan the Machinist are we thinking sort of a RMJ-style crash/tactical axe, or are we thinking more of an Estwing woods/camp hatchet?
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  14. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    I'm thinking something around 1.5 or 2.0 pound head and maybe a 20 or 24 inch handle. A light camp axe, not a boys axe, with superior metallurgy allowing thin geometry behind the edge like a swedish axe but with more pronounced compound curvature on the cheeks better suited to American woods than the European axes so this isn't going to be like one of those swedish axes that look and feel good but stick in everything but will instead be more like a thined down racing Plumb. That will cut bone on any animal alive without edge damage. If Jo will let me do it.
  15. bluemax_1

    bluemax_1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 17, 2014
  16. trevitrace

    trevitrace Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 21, 2013
    ^ yes. That.
  17. moparsbob

    moparsbob Gold Member Gold Member

    May 6, 2014
    I'm in for one!
  18. madcap_magician

    madcap_magician Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2005
  19. Hundred Acre Wood

    Hundred Acre Wood

    Mar 19, 2017
    In for at least one. Maybe more.
  20. Lorien

    Lorien KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 5, 2005
    my oxhead does tend to stick occasionally, and you can feel it flex laterally sometimes. Size and weight is on the money, I wouldn't go for less than a 2# head, personally
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