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True Temper FSS

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by Maine20, Nov 8, 2017.

  1. garry3

    garry3

    Sep 11, 2012
    There is this review out there.
    http://axeconnected.blogspot.com/search/label/Ax head geometry
     
  2. Agent_H

    Agent_H Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    I feel like @Steve Tall tested/reviewed one of the line's patterns - cruiser maybe?
     
  3. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
    Evidently not. Last year, I was told at a local hardware store that the "True American" line was being phased out. All the "True American" shovels are now gone from that store, but some "True American" axes are still there as unsold stock. As mentioned earlier, the Ames True Temper website no longer lists them.
     
  4. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
  5. Agent_H

    Agent_H Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 21, 2013
  6. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
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  7. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel

    Feb 11, 2016
    That sucks.
     
  8. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
    Yeah, it would be the end of another iconic axe brand. No more True Temper axes being made in the USA, and apparently they are not being made anywhere.
     
  9. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel

    Feb 11, 2016
    Well then I guess there are only a few left now.
    Council tools, Snow & Nealley, Barco, some Vaughan hatchets, and some estwing stuff.
     
  10. Maine20

    Maine20 Basic Member Basic Member

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    Aug 8, 2017
    Good to hear. I bid on several double bits but was always out bid by a fair amount. (I didn’t want to go over $20 including shipping). I figured it would be the same story with this one but I was the only bidder. This made me start to think it may be low quality.
     
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2017
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  11. garry3

    garry3

    Sep 11, 2012
    User quality has little bearing on price in today’s used axe market. And it seems in most cases the more you pay the less you get. I would have thought that the FSS stamp would have kicked the price of that one up a little though.
     
  12. Maine20

    Maine20 Basic Member Basic Member

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    Aug 8, 2017
    https://imgur.com/a/1kpxC

    It arrived. And looks good. Not flat cheeks like I thought it might have. I am gonna leave it pretty much like it is, just a little bit on the wire wheel and a vinager bath. There is a small H stamped on the back side (first pic). I think I will make a 32-34 inch ash handle, unless I can find a hickory one at a hardware store that’s useable...no luck yet.
     
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2017
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  13. phantomknives

    phantomknives

    884
    Mar 31, 2016
    it looks pretty good. if you're going for a longer handle, keep in mind you're sacrificing a portion of your chopping power every time you move the balance back, more and more energy will transfer to your hands. in theory anyway
     
  14. Maine20

    Maine20 Basic Member Basic Member

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    Aug 8, 2017
     
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  15. Maine20

    Maine20 Basic Member Basic Member

    49
    Aug 8, 2017
    I was glad to find zero evidence of any grinding on the head. It’s 3.5 lbs. what would you think the “standard” handle length should be. I was thinking 30”-36”.
     
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  16. phantomknives

    phantomknives

    884
    Mar 31, 2016
    i thought it was a cruiser, nevermind what i said anywhere from 28 to 36 is fine
     
  17. Maine20

    Maine20 Basic Member Basic Member

    49
    Aug 8, 2017
    Stupid question. Is handle length the overall length or from the bottom of the head down.
     
  18. phantomknives

    phantomknives

    884
    Mar 31, 2016
    depends who you ask. manufacturers go with overall length
     
  19. Agent_H

    Agent_H Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    From the top of the eye/head to the end of the palm swell.
     
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  20. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
    A double is typically hung on a 36" haft. I wouldn't go any shorter than 32".

    But deciding handle length depends on the axe's intended use. They were originally marketed as felling axes. The 36" haft gave them both more power and more reach. In old timey logging photos you will often see them with 40", 42" or even up to 48" lengths.

    For splitting work I still like the 36" haft for its added power. For bucking the haft length will depend on your own stature and the size of material being bucked. Also depends on whether you're bucking from atop the log (fastest but not always safe) or from the ground. Atop the log with a short of haft you're bent over further causing poor balance and constricting the diaphragm making it harder to breath. This gets worse the larger the log you're standing on.

    Trail work or clearing is a lot different than bucking in a logging competition. Frequently it will be unsafe to stand atop the log.

    I'm 6' tall and prefer a 32" to 34" haft for bucking. I'm typically bucking a log 8"-16" in diameter. For logs greater than 16" I'll try to cut them with a saw. If you're going to buck a large (24" or greater) log from atop than you'd like a longer haft, probably a 36".
     

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