Axe? Please educate me

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

  1. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Ti anodizing, and mods Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    Hmmm...axes usually have a LOT of blank, flat area;)
     
  2. gunslinger387

    gunslinger387 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Aug 31, 2010
    ^cant wait to see what magic you can do with that much space
     
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  3. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Factotum Gold Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    ^ about enough surface area for Chip to engrave his own mug but probably a tad too short for an accurate representation of his fabulous flow-in-the-wind mane! :D
     
  4. moparsbob

    moparsbob Gold Member Gold Member

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    May 6, 2014
    Nathan, please check out these Tuatahi racing axes from New Zealand: https://www.tuatahiaxes.com/racing-axes

    I think that there's room at the top for some new racing axes from CPK to also win axe competitions!

    And you can see that even with the exchange rate being $1.35 NZD to $1 USD, they are still very pricey!
     
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  5. bluemax_1

    bluemax_1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 17, 2014
    Was just looking at those last week! Took a lot to talk myself down lol.
    "I don't do lumberjack competitions. Why would I need a racing axe?"
    "I don't chop a lot of wood with an axe, why would I need one of those"
    "I have 2 chainsaws AND cheaper axes. Why would I need that?"
    "Need's got nothing to do with want"
    "Shut up".
     
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  6. Grenock

    Grenock Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 7, 2016
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  7. trevitrace

    trevitrace Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 21, 2013
    ^ they also recently released a smaller "camp" axe. Might cave.
     
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  8. benchrest308

    benchrest308 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Mar 13, 2014
    I don't chop any wood and I feel like I need one ‍*facepalm*
     
  9. AR-Trvlr

    AR-Trvlr Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 3, 2009
    I'd been tempted by one of their larger axe heads, but they were really too much for me. A camp axe, though - I ordered one last week. It will be a few months before I get it. And then I'll have to make a haft. I should probably start scrounging the wood for it now. Hickory or ash? White oak? Hmmmm.
     
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  10. outlandish710

    outlandish710

    10
    Apr 3, 2009
    tuatahi camp axe in action:
     
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  11. bubbaskyjacker

    bubbaskyjacker Gold Member Gold Member

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    Feb 24, 2008
    Sorry if this has came up, but I ain’t reading 13 pages lol - if your gonna make a axe - a general use camp/pack/boys axe would be kewl

    I’d be more interested in a modern full tang hawk if pricing would allow. Again - there are Winkler, RMJ (and ATC) , for major brands and a few shops like , Helm , Omnivore blade works that make some quality hawks.
     
  12. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Factotum Gold Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    I wasn't impressed much after receiving my Fiskar Norden N7 hatchet. It looked kinda nice to a noob like me but a maker loses me fast when outta box I get a very dull / blunt / obtuse tool which is meant for cutting and chopping (something which I've never had to worry about CPK, ever!), so off it went back to the seller. Lamnia got the GB Wild Life hatchet back in stock yesterday, so that was an easy decision for me to grab one (already sold out) and then wait out its shipping time from Europe to here.

    I'm sure that for serious axe users there are some (much) better choices out there but unless the beloved CPK gets into the axe game, I'm probably not going to spent too much north of 150 on an axe. I know that the GB prices have escalated from the lower 100s to mid and upper 100s in the past few years but then again what hasn't? Steel and HT may be a bit on the softer and lower end for some of us fancier chuckleheads, but I like fit and finish plus how GB feels in hand. Plus they hang their axe heads really well; this is also really important to me.

    So when it NinJo going to relent and allow Nathan to go forward with a CPK-Axe project? :D
     
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  13. - SpyderMan -

    - SpyderMan - Gold Member Gold Member

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    Mar 28, 2015
    Nice score! In my experience, you can’t go wrong with a GB axe.

    That said, I’m eagerly awaiting a CPK rendition. :cool:
     
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  14. Nathan the Machinist

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

    Feb 13, 2007
    If Jo ever lets me do one, mine is probably going to have a little bit more of a convex compound curvature through its cross section. I have some experimentation to do but I think it will split better and stick less
     
  15. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Factotum Gold Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    We’ll have to find out what is NinJo’s guilty pleasure and then will start enchanting Jo in the same pony trick way which we’ve been playing you since 2016 :D
     
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  16. bluemax_1

    bluemax_1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 17, 2014
    Ever wondered what it'd be like, to be a chicken on a rope? o_O
     
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  17. Grenock

    Grenock Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 7, 2016
    Eh hmmm.........just want to be added to the field tester list whenever this happens, I’ve got wood......
     
  18. trevitrace

    trevitrace Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 21, 2013
    I enjoy chopping with an axe. Pass around? :D
     
  19. DeadboxHero

    DeadboxHero KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 22, 2014


    The trick is to "flick" the bit to get it to split the wood without sticking.

    A technique made prominent by Tom Clark



    Also displayed perfectly here
     
  20. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Ti anodizing, and mods Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    Damn...that was hot.
     

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