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New postby Steve284 on Fri 01 Sep 2006 00:03

Jimbo: I've been with the forums for awhile but had to recently re-register after the computer "ate" my name/account. I've been experimenting with modified hatchets/axes for several years now.

See: http://outdoors.magazine.free.fr/s_article. ... rticle=139, 141, and 98.

In addition to ordinary wood cutting/splitting, I often find myself wanting to dig (dirt), chop (roots) or pry (rocks), things you don't want to do with a well-honed axe edge. A full-sized Pulaski firefighting axe is a pretty good tool for rough chopping and digging but a little to heavy (for me) to lug around my hills. So I tried fabricating lighter, smaller tools which could be carried around more easily but which do a certain level of work. My axe (about the size/weight of a Hudson Bay pattern) rides easily inside or tied to my ruck and the hatchet can be carried in a leather belt sheath I made for it. They are made by grinding & welding of existing blades. May not be as tough as a totally forged axe but after two years of heavy use, I have not broken any of the designs I have made. I used Chinese-made hatchet heads with a some apprehension about the quality of the steel. But I've been pleasantly surprised that they have held up well in chopping the mostly hardwoods (oak, hickory, maple) I end up dealing with. I used tough tractor implement steel or old mower blades for the digging blades. Putting a new edge on these diggers is as simple as a couple of passes on a grinding wheel. The only thing you foresake in a design like this is a flat poll for pounding. But I find the digging capability worth far more useful and there's usually a rock or billet of wood around to do any pounding I might need. I like these things so much that I rarely head for the woods without carrying along one of them.
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New postby British Red on Fri 01 Sep 2006 00:57

Steve,

Thats a lovely design - very ingenious and I like the thought thats gone into it. I would venture to suggest (with Steves permission of course) that it would an interesting posibility to consider for an OMF axe (something very different). I guess the draw back is the inability to batten the axe for larger splits....perhaps wiser heads than mine need to mull on it!

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New postby Stew on Sun 03 Sep 2006 15:12

British Red wrote:Steve,

Thats a lovely design - very ingenious and I like the thought thats gone into it. I would venture to suggest (with Steves permission of course) that it would an interesting posibility to consider for an OMF axe (something very different). I guess the draw back is the inability to batten the axe for larger splits....perhaps wiser heads than mine need to mull on it!

Red


Although I like the idea, it's not what I would want in the OMF axe.

So where's this dedicated OMF axe thread anyway? :D
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New postby FinnMan on Mon 04 Sep 2006 06:10

I think double bit axe is rather dangerous than useful in general purpose axe. I would like to try one for throwing. That could be cool. Mostly I use small light hatchets for my bushcrafting purposes. I use to carry Fiskars short handled hatchet or one lighter but longer wooden handle swedish hatchet which brand I cannot remember. Mostly my use for an axe is make some firewood rather than building a log house, so small ones works for me.
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New postby FinnMan on Mon 04 Sep 2006 06:28

Here some pics of my tools:

Here a few hatchets and some other..
http://koti.welho.com/kmakin22/misc/edged_Tools.JPG

And here better pic from hatchets, matches tells the size:
http://koti.welho.com/kmakin22/misc/hatchets_small.jpg

In many shorter trips this one have replaced my hatchets:
http://koti.welho.com/kmakin22/misc/hukari_small.jpg
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hachette du dimanche

New postby flexo on Mon 04 Sep 2006 16:36

my axes and hatchets. some i use ,some i use only a few, and a new one ready to be handled(assessed ,i guess ,is the word) and left in a farm ...
ansd as an extra gift ,my spade.
waiting for a new post: show your spade, an other one: show your saw! :lmao:
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New postby cegga on Mon 04 Sep 2006 18:09

Here are some old I have
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New postby sencaus on Mon 04 Sep 2006 19:54

Very interesting collection Cegga. I suppose that you know the origins of these axes (maker/manufacturer, date of forging, etc.)

This one seems to be a very good middle-weight general purpose axe, and I would like to see such one model in my collection.

Thanks for nice photos!
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New postby DavidEnoch on Tue 05 Sep 2006 13:51

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Here is my Kukri, BRK Mini Axe, what Jimbo calls a Trapper's hatchet, and my reground Norlund.

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Re: hachette du dimanche

New postby hunter on Tue 05 Sep 2006 15:39

waiting for a new post: show your spade, an other one: show your saw! :lmao:


Don't have an saw, have a spade though. It's a US M43 folding shovel manufactured in 1944.

The spade...
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The markings...
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New postby hollowdweller on Wed 06 Sep 2006 18:45

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Have a couple others too I need to find pics of
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New postby British Red on Wed 06 Sep 2006 19:01

Loving the Lee Reeves part of the Nessmuk set at the bottom......2 months to go and counting.........:D

Still like the odd looking one second from top in the top photo........forgotten what it is, but its always nice to see something "different"
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New postby hollowdweller on Wed 06 Sep 2006 19:34

Firestone Belt Axe.
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New postby Mike Stewart on Thu 07 Sep 2006 15:36

Here is My Personal Field Axe.

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24 Ounces--14 inches overall Length.

Mike................................ :yup:
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New postby kolekojot on Thu 07 Sep 2006 19:41

Mike is that Tomahawk you made?? It looks too big for Mini axe.
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New postby Mike Stewart on Fri 08 Sep 2006 00:38

Bogdan,

I'm not finished testing it yet but Yes--I made this one to be the Shape of an 1860's U.S. Issue Hawk but not be a Hawk.

It just looks like one but bigger.

In my tests so far--It has been very Good.

I am making 2 more and will be sending one to Jimbo to test.

It is not for sale so I felt free to show it.

When you lay it in your palm--It does not move at all. It is very Accurate.

The Head is .875 Inch Thick at the center of the eye.

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Overall Length from the Top of the Head to the Bottom of the handle is 14 Inches and it weighs 24 Ounces.

I think that puts it in the Size of a GB Hunter.

As you can imagine--The Geometry is all that it should be and it bites and splits very well.

I will probably not be making them for sale but I'll be making up some for fun and Friends.

We are far too busy with knives to fit any Axes into our production at this point.

MIke................................. :yup:
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New postby Stew on Sat 09 Sep 2006 15:49

Mike Stewart wrote:As you can imagine--The Geometry is all that it should be and it bites and splits very well.


Having just got hold of one of the Mini axes, I certainly can imagine!
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New postby Mike Stewart on Sat 09 Sep 2006 16:06

Stew,

It is a great Dissapointment to me that we can no longer make the Mini-Axes from the Vaughns.

They have re-tooled the head and it is no longer usable to convert to our Mini-Axe.

To Continue making them--I would have to either spend about $10,000.00 in a Forging Die or make them by Water-Jet and CNC.

Both of those Options are just going to make the Axe far too Expensive for the Limited Quantities we would sell.

Glad you got one. I still have mine and I am not going to part with it.

For Now--The Axe Business will have to go on the Very Back Burner for Bark River.

Mike................................ :yup:
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New postby Stew on Sat 09 Sep 2006 16:20

Mike Stewart wrote:They have re-tooled the head and it is no longer usable to convert to our Mini-Axe.


Oh really?

I didn't know that. What did they do?
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New postby Mike Stewart on Sat 09 Sep 2006 17:09

The Head is smaller--Thinner and the Quality is not up to par for me.

many of the last batch--went into the Dumpster.

I could not even send them back--as we ground into them--large chunks of steel just Blew out of the head on the Edge and in the Center of the Head.

I'm all done with them.
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New postby Stew on Sat 09 Sep 2006 17:49

Probably safer!

Real shame as it's a nice piece once it's been modified.
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Mike, that's a nice looking hatchet!

New postby DavidEnoch on Sun 10 Sep 2006 13:12

That looks like a really nice hatchet that would chop, shape, and split well. It looks like the eye is just the right size, not to big or too small.

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New postby cegga on Mon 11 Sep 2006 20:24

Here is one of my mini
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New postby hunter on Wed 13 Sep 2006 12:25

That's really nice!! :wow:
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New postby flexo on Thu 14 Sep 2006 12:54

believe me cegga, you are an axemaker ! :Ahh:
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New postby cegga on Thu 14 Sep 2006 15:26

Here are one that I do last week .
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New postby cegga on Thu 14 Sep 2006 15:33

With that hammer :lmao:
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New postby James on Thu 14 Sep 2006 15:48

Cegga, I am definitively always happy to see your superb realisations! :thumb:
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New postby flexo on Thu 14 Sep 2006 17:34

cegga you are cheating ,if you make damascus so easy it is because you have a hammer on purpose :ahah:
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New postby cegga on Thu 14 Sep 2006 21:21

Here are a bigger one
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