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Axe? Please educate me

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

  1. jus_gus

    jus_gus Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 30, 2011
    1.5 lb Trapper’s hatchet with 15” handle.
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  2. never.truly.lost

    never.truly.lost Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 13, 2015
    Here is my trusty cruising axe. A 2lb ish on a 26-27”ish handle. Note the thin profile of the blade; this is ideal for limbing and blazing but not as effective for strictly splitting firewood.
    That being said, this thing does split up firewood no problem and quite comfortable to wield all day in the bush.

    One thing most folks like with the Gransfors/Hultafors/Wetterlings etc is that they are ready to use off the shelf generally.
    These Ox Heads, while thin, take a few hours with a file to get a proper profile on it. Once set up though all it takes is a light touch up with a worn file and a DC4 diamond stone every morning before leaving the truck and back to shaving sharp.

    If @Nathan the Machinist is going for a milled head and wood haft for a larger axe, I think it would be worthwhile looking at older Kelly/True Tempers that had grooves in the eye for a little more bit while hanging.

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  3. Murphjd25

    Murphjd25 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2016
    I’m down if he wants to glue a bunch of popsicle sticks together for the handle to...
     
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  4. Lorien

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

    Dec 5, 2005
    I have the same axe and all I can say is ditto
     
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  5. JustinFournier

    JustinFournier Gold Member Gold Member

    May 7, 2012
    How does she wield one handed?
     
  6. - SpyderMan -

    - SpyderMan - Gold Member Gold Member

    790
    Mar 28, 2015
    Nice axe! I just picked up an older Ox-Head, myself.....

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  7. never.truly.lost

    never.truly.lost Gold Member Gold Member

    466
    Dec 13, 2015

    Man what a score!!! Jealous even has the Canada markings.

    @JustinFournier not great one handed but that is what MC’s are for!
     
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  8. - SpyderMan -

    - SpyderMan - Gold Member Gold Member

    790
    Mar 28, 2015
    Thank you, sir. Couldn’t pass it up once I saw the Canada markings. I’m really pleased with it.
     
  9. Worldwatcher

    Worldwatcher Gold Member Gold Member

    811
    Dec 19, 2015
    Just got a gb ray mears off another site! Can’t wait to get it, it will have to do till the cpa is made...
     
  10. - SpyderMan -

    - SpyderMan - Gold Member Gold Member

    790
    Mar 28, 2015
    Excellent choice!
     
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  11. never.truly.lost

    never.truly.lost Gold Member Gold Member

    466
    Dec 13, 2015
    If you ever decide to offload that one put me at the top of your speed dial list
     
  12. - SpyderMan -

    - SpyderMan - Gold Member Gold Member

    790
    Mar 28, 2015
    You got it! :thumbsup:
     
  13. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    @Nathan the Machinist - what other steel(s) might you consider for this? Might this be an opportunity to optimize a heat treat for something else, new and inventive?
     
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  14. Siddhant

    Siddhant Platinum Member Platinum Member

    316
    Jan 25, 2018
    With Nathan the Machinist having mastered chopping geometry, I would be very excited for a CPK axe designed for chopping. But I would be even more excited for a CPK axe optimized for splitting.
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  15. moparsbob

    moparsbob Gold Member Gold Member

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    May 6, 2014
    For splitting, has anyone tried the Leveraxe or the Chopper1? They have pretty interesting designs, but do they work well?
     
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  16. co556guy

    co556guy

    Dec 13, 2011
    Whatever that middle axe is, I likes.
     
  17. Siddhant

    Siddhant Platinum Member Platinum Member

    316
    Jan 25, 2018
    It's a Tuatahi Work Axe, very beautiful and functional piece.
     
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  18. Siddhant

    Siddhant Platinum Member Platinum Member

    316
    Jan 25, 2018
    Vario 2000, Helko Werk's patented fastening system

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  19. Nathan the Machinist

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

    Feb 13, 2007
    ^WTF?
     
  20. trevitrace

    trevitrace Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 21, 2013



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