Axe? Please educate me

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

  1. Nathan the Machinist

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

    Feb 13, 2007
    I can't find that for $50? It sounds cool so I thought I'd buy one to check it out but I see something called that on Amazon for $175?
  2. fonedork

    fonedork Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    I see the Husqvarna carpenters axe listed for $70 Msrp on their website. Probably just some scalpers on amazon.

    The cold steel trail boss is pretty good for 25 bucks.

    Anyway I’d be in for whatever you produce here.
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  3. Burke

    Burke Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 25, 1999
    Only 350 for a CPK axe? I’m all in on this.

    (If we convince Jo to let you do this, can we also get her to convince you to do a bowie?)
  4. Nystagmus

    Nystagmus Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 22, 2016
    I've got one that I haven't used in a year. Happy to send it over no strings attached if it will help at all in the CPK axe process.

    EDIT* I'm obviously very excited about any CPK axe :)
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  5. Lorien

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

    Dec 5, 2005
    my concern with providing an axe without the handle is now you're putting a crucial aspect of the build into the hands of your customers. If not done correctly, and the head of the axe comes off in use, that's going to be a problem- a potentially bloody one.

    Most forestry oriented stores, (that still exist, there's a good one in our town) only sell hung axes. They'll special order for guys who they know know their shit but otherwise they make sure the axes they sell are assembled correctly.
    Selling just an axe head isn't something I'd advise, and it kind of goes against the CPK ethos of 'optimized' cutting tools- an axe head sans handle is not optimal!

    I still think you should let me design an axe for you. I'll do it for free, plus a ptototype of course
  6. Odog27

    Odog27 Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 20, 2011
    I hear what you’re saying but hanging an axe isn’t difficult. It also allows users to decide on the handle length, type and material. And I might be able to afford two.
  7. TheTennesseeD

    TheTennesseeD Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Yeah, I just took a look and they are going for wayyy more than they used too. I think I actually got mine from Amazon several years ago. Maybe it has some bushcraft cultish value now? It was made by one of the more well known shops (I cant remember, maybe Hultz or Gransfors?) and they were selling as Husqvarna for way cheeper than either of those namestamps were at the time. If you can’t find one, I can send you mine to try out if you want, no problem. I flattened the poll a little and flattened the handle sides a bit more to my liking several years ago.

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  8. Burke

    Burke Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 25, 1999
    I think what Lorien is saying is that being well hung is important.
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  9. TheTennesseeD

    TheTennesseeD Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    I still think a well thought out hatchet/axe would be a great endeavor coming from CPK, but I do agree a run of those superb potato knives or something like a 8” western style chef would be absolutely amazing.
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  10. JustinFournier

    JustinFournier Gold Member Gold Member

    May 7, 2012
    $400-$500. My Autine was $400 or so and it has a lot of time in forging the head, but that labour cost is a fraction of yours.
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  11. DMG

    DMG Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 30, 2005
    2 pounds and 24 inches sounds perfect to me. Please make it so I can hammer with the back. If my saw gets stuck and I have to beat a wedge in or if it is the only thing I have in the truck that works, I want to be able to use the back as a hammer.
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  12. - SpyderMan -

    - SpyderMan - Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2015
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  13. Deadman's Point

    Deadman's Point

    Feb 3, 2013
    I didn't see it mentioned, but the absence of sharp corners on the poll would be really helpful for those of us using the axe as a hunting tool. It makes skinning a breeze and no holes in the hide.
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  14. Brummie


    Jan 13, 2007
    Now that the kephart is getting made, there’s a moral and common-law obligation to build the axe project, isn’t there? The two would seem to be made for each other.
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  15. - SpyderMan -

    - SpyderMan - Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2015
    Yes, this is true.
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  16. Jeff Dickinson

    Jeff Dickinson

    Mar 25, 2018
    No word on this for a while. Is this still gonna be a thing?

    I believe myself and many others would very much like to see this project come to fruition.

    Thank you
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  17. Brummie


    Jan 13, 2007
    The axe, the folder, the kukri, the trench sword, the balisong, the Amazon run of integral daggers priced at $125.35, the naval cutlass, the zweihander.
    The list of sharps that Nathan owes us is getting quite long.
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  18. Jeff Dickinson

    Jeff Dickinson

    Mar 25, 2018
    Lol. Touche!

    Maybe I should adopt more of a "take what you can get" attitude here.

    p.s. you forgot my personal most anticipated stabber, the integral shiv
  19. Nathan the Machinist

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

    Feb 13, 2007
    This is like those kitchen knives I made. I don't know WTF I'm doing. So I probably shouldn't. But I will anyways. I'm not sure when I'll be able to fit it in, but this this is something that I want to do.
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  20. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Factotum Gold Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    Could've fooled me! For someone who purportedly doesn't know WTF he's doing, you somehow manage to still make stupendous pieces when you complete those projects. OK, I admit that I'm very biased and that I like you, but I like what you make much better :p

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