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#5061492 - 05/26/15 05:08 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
Otter04 Offline
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#5061498 - 05/26/15 05:16 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
chas3457 Offline
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Registered: 12/19/10
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I want one from the Taiga Forrest region, like the old trapper in "Happy People" has.



Heavy head with a straight, thin bit, and a short sturdy handle. smile




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#5061503 - 05/26/15 05:20 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
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Registered: 08/05/08
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Me too. Anybody have an idea what kind it was or an equivalent?

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#5061521 - 05/26/15 05:30 PM Re: Axes! [Re: webfootwhacker]
chas3457 Offline
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Originally Posted By: webfootwhacker
Me too. Anybody have an idea what kind it was or an equivalent?



I'm sure his was handmade, but there are some of that style on Amazon. I believe those are made in Bulgaria or some such. the shipping is as much as the axe itself, and I would question the quality.




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#5061723 - 05/26/15 07:49 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
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any body ever run across a double bit with the name "Boston's best" ?
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#5061773 - 05/26/15 08:17 PM Re: Axes! [Re: chas3457]
Mike in A-town Offline
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Originally Posted By: chas3457
I want one from the Taiga Forrest region, like the old trapper in "Happy People" has.



Heavy head with a straight, thin bit, and a short sturdy handle. smile




Charlie


Do a "russian axe" search on ebay. Most are hatchet-sized ( 14" handle, helve, haft, whatever. )

The "Russian pattern" has several names... Arkhangelsk, Petrograde, etc... all difficult to locate.

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#5061798 - 05/26/15 08:30 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
bleeohio Offline
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Registered: 12/29/12
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Loc: NW Ohio
Seeing this post just reminded me, while tilling my garden the other day, I found what looks to be an old double bit head. Rusty of course but in pretty decent shape, about 8-9 inches long. Old farmhouse shown on the 1875 map. I know nothing about them, where would one look for a makers mark?
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#5062031 - 05/26/15 10:33 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
Dale Torma Offline
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Registered: 02/02/07
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Loc: Northern MN
The mark should be on one side of the eye. You may have to polish the steel to see it.
Harry Epstien company had real russian military surplus axe heads, I bough 4, re sold 3 and kept one for myself.
I got the last ones. Mine is really good for swamping, or limbing felled trees. I use it often. The steel is good and I can cut roots without dulling. I have no rocks here though.
Here is a poor picture of it, you can't see the whole head.

It is sporting a straight handle till I make a good one. It is no good for splitting but really good for chopping or hewing.

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#5062045 - 05/26/15 10:48 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
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I would say Otter04, that that is a felling axe head. I have no clue on when it was made, however.
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#5062048 - 05/26/15 10:51 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
Dale Torma Offline
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Loc: Northern MN
Here is a Swedish Hults Bruks axe, very excellent, sold under the Husquvarna brand, good value!

It's an awesome chopper!
Here is an old Finnish axe, they are different but truly great axes, good luck finding one , I have not. They quit making them around 1950 or so

It's either a Billnas or Kellokoski
Here is the blueprint for the handle

They had a strange looking long socketed eye, due to the fact that birch was the hardest wood they had and is much softer than hickory. It would break off fairly quickly with a normal American eye and hard use.

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#5062088 - 05/26/15 11:46 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
tjm Offline
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Never could use any tool with that elbow twisting down turned handle.

Collins made good axes but my favorite is a True Temper Kelly Perfect that I've used for fifty years or so. 4 1/2# IIRC My first ax was a double bit Plumb 2 1/2# for Christmas of my seventh year, that and flannel shirt were Christmas.

Bluegrass excellent ax.

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#5062429 - 05/27/15 11:07 AM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
Dale Torma Offline
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Actually the curve in the end of the handle allows your wrist to remain straighter. It probably depends on what is comfortable for you.

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#5062741 - 05/27/15 05:28 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
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Registered: 10/21/12
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Loc: Aroostook county, Maine
I have wanted to post on this thread for a while but haven't had time. Someone asked for reccomendations on an axe. The "right" axe will all depend on the user. Over the past few years I have searched high and low for the best axe and have settled on what I have found to be the best so far. First question is, what are you going to use this axe for? If you're just going to throw it in the woodshed or the bed of your truck, don't worry about spending a lot of money. A cheap axe will serve you for what you need. If you use an axe often and use one year round, then it makes sense to splurge and get a good tool. I use an axe all year and a couple times a week, so it only makes sense for me to get a good one. A lot of people seem to like the fiskars. Personally I don't. Once they are dulled you can't sharpen them with a file and if you break the handle you're done for. I also see a lot of people with estwing axes. I have 2, the 14 inch hatchet and the 26 inch axe. I like them both. I wouldn't want to use them every day and they wouldn't be my first choice, but they are very good tools. They take a good edge and hold one. My only problem is that they are uncomfortable to use because of the all steel handles. What I have found to be the absolute best axe so far is a 28" Snow and Nealley axe with a 2 1/4 pound head. The wooden handle flexes during use which makes them comfortable to use. They also seem to take a pretty good edge. I believe that a 1 3/4-2 3/4 pound head with a 22"-28" handle will serve you best for all around use. That's just my opinion.

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#5062844 - 05/27/15 07:02 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
Dale Torma Offline
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Loc: Northern MN
Here are a few. Left to right, Russian in the front, Marshall Wells "Hand Made" double bit, Hult Bruks Swedish, Marshall Wells Zenith, Kelly Howe Thompson Hickory, and my big "Warren" splitting axe.

The Swedish is the newest, bought new last winter, the Russian is 1982 army surplus, the others are 50 to 100 or more years old.
They all get used. The big Warren single bit has split 100's of cords of wood. I bought the head for 3 bucks in 1976, when a kid dug it out of the ground when we were building a log cabin and placing rock footings.
I have lost axes in the past, hence the colored tape or paint on some.

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#5062857 - 05/27/15 07:14 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
Dale Torma Offline
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Loc: Northern MN
Axe head details
Zenith, (head bought for 5 bucks at a junk shop, a few nicks removed and smoothed up)

Very fine 3/4 axe! My favorite for trapline

The Russian axe and the Hults Bruks "Husquvarna "

The Russky is a great limbing and general purpose axe, fast chopper! Not good for splitting The Hults is a superb axe, second favorite at the moment. I chopped out most of the parts for my sled with the Zenith or the Hults

More work to do on it later.

My old "Hickory" spent decades in my hand and in my pack, the blade is nearly worn to a nub


It has a home made handle of ash, with a rounded octagonal cross section. I would mourn its loss.


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#5062883 - 05/27/15 07:37 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
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I had a Keen Kutter that I only used for cutting down a Christmas tree every year. It is with a friend in VA.

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#5062887 - 05/27/15 07:40 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
DiggerDale Offline
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Registered: 01/16/14
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Loc: North Cass Minnesota
Not sure if you would call this an axe but it's a Marshall-Wells


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#5062891 - 05/27/15 07:41 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
jeremy brua Offline
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^thats a beautiful axe!
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#5062958 - 05/27/15 08:23 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
Dale Torma Offline
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Registered: 02/02/07
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Loc: Northern MN
Yes that Marshall wells Zenith broadaxe is a beaut! Zenith was top of their line.

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#5063119 - 05/27/15 10:07 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
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Loc: North Eastern MN
Yessir, thats a broadaxe. Used for making straight cuts in wood used for building. Probably weighs quite a bit.
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