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Basque Racing Axe

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by KiwiBloke, Feb 1, 2020.

  1. KiwiBloke

    KiwiBloke

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    Oct 2, 2018
    2.4kg Basque Racing Axe on 25" handle which is hand made with rasp marks and all. Jose Ramos Jaurequi is the blacksmith from Spain and the 3rd generation of axe makers, and sadly the last in the world making Basque styled axes, lets hope he gets an apprentice!

    The handle on Jose's racer is easily the best handle I’ve ever held, both vintage or hand crafted. So unique in design and fits the hand like a glove. As thin as my finger! You need to try it to believe it.

    Up until a few years ago all of his handles were made by an 80 year old man, Enrique, in a close by village. Jose said he is the only handle maker left who can do this work all by hand, he uses a hatchet and a rasp, when Enrique stops enjoying it he will stop making them and the likelyhood of them then being made by copy lathe is high, sadly. Mine is hand made with rasp marks and all, so I need to find out if Enrique is still making them or it's by someone else.

    You will see Enrique making a handle at 3:15. The subtitles are too fast on this version so a bit hard to follow. But at least you can watch him do it.
    https://youtu.be/KHgCqtxjYz0

    If you are interested in the Basque axe and the work Jose is doing watch this, The subtitles are good on this one. You can also see Enrique have a chop at 11:30 - impressive to say the least for an 80 year old man.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5i0uSjh6Bk

    I have not had a chop with it yet I am currently in the process of oiling it the slow method with tar and raw linseed and then will apply another concoction of the two but containing beeswax.

    When ready I will post some more photos and also of the amazing sheath it comes with.

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  2. junkenstien

    junkenstien Gold Member Gold Member

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    Feb 15, 2017
    Beautiful.Could you measure the swell please?
     
  3. muleman77

    muleman77

    512
    Jan 24, 2015
    That is both a beautiful head and handle.
     
  4. junkenstien

    junkenstien Gold Member Gold Member

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    Feb 15, 2017
    Five pounds on a 25 inch handle balanced on top of the log would sure make you pay attention.
     
  5. FLINT77

    FLINT77

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    Apr 8, 2013
    That thing is totally rad!!!

    I have a connecticut on a 26" handle and like the length quite a bit, and another on 25" that I haven't tried yet, but feels good in the hand. I bet you will love it.
     
  6. FLINT77

    FLINT77

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    Apr 8, 2013
    HOLY COW, that Enrique guy is my hero!

    I was impressed with him making the handle in the first video, but then my mind was totally blown with him wailing on that log in the second video.

    he said he bought his axe 63 years ago at age 19, that makes him at least 82!!! I don't expect to live that long, much less be chopping on wood - but that gives me something to hope for!
     
  7. ithinkverydeeply

    ithinkverydeeply

    Dec 17, 2018
    Man! The Basque axes are so tough looking!
    I fell in love when I saw this one.
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  8. DB_Cruiser

    DB_Cruiser

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    Jul 17, 2018
    I have zero need for a racing axe but I sure would love to have one. I'll be curious to hear how it handles on that 25" haft. Thanks for sharing pictures of that looker! It is quite lovely.
    Edited to add: It appears they have several models of Basque axes at the Lamnia site. There are not too many new axes I would consider buying, but I see a few there I would be interested in.
     
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2020
  9. KiwiBloke

    KiwiBloke

    396
    Oct 2, 2018
    90mm by 52mm or as google tells me is 3.54331 inches by 2.04724 inches.
     
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  10. KiwiBloke

    KiwiBloke

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    Oct 2, 2018
    That's awesome. Very interesting it has been hung with the racing handle you only can get on the 2 racing axe models they do? This also means it will be hung the american way with a proper wedge and not slip fit like all the other models with the little hook swell which I am not a fan of. That's a real beauty.
     
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  11. KiwiBloke

    KiwiBloke

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    Oct 2, 2018
    The little pruning axe looks wicked! I would absolutely love that butchers axe too.
     
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  12. Justabuyer

    Justabuyer

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  13. Yankee Josh

    Yankee Josh Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 31, 2018
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  14. KiwiBloke

    KiwiBloke

    396
    Oct 2, 2018
    ^Heck yeah!! Massive bevel angel on that one I hear for cutting through bone
     
  15. DB_Cruiser

    DB_Cruiser

    682
    Jul 17, 2018
    I am trying to convince myself that I really don't need the 2.5kg splitting axe.
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    But man! I do want it!
     
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  16. FLINT77

    FLINT77

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    Apr 8, 2013
    Sweet, I want an angel axe!!!

    JK
     

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