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#5063134 - 05/27/15 10:27 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
warrior Offline
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Registered: 01/28/07
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Loc: Georgia
Right handed at that. Watched a guy square a log with a square, a chalkline, a broadaxe, a regular axe and an adze. The adze impressed me as rather dangerous for his toes. The guy was good he could take a full stroke that stopped just short of the end of his boot.
I can only wish I was that good.

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#5063278 - 05/28/15 06:59 AM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
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#5063402 - 05/28/15 09:51 AM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
Mike in A-town Offline
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Registered: 09/29/13
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Loc: Northeast Oklahoma


Watched a guy at Silver Dollar City hewing these out with a broad axe.

Mike
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#5063843 - 05/28/15 05:47 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
MnMan Offline
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Registered: 03/04/07
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Loc: Central MN, sort of old
Well, this post got me to look through my "stuff" to see what I had in the line of hatchets and axes that I had accumulated over the years from various garage sales. I found these. My reasoning for all the cheap hatchets was I often would forget one at the trap site so I thought I should have a few spares on hand. I have only lost one so far so I should be good for a while. I get them cheap so it is kind of fun to find an old one and fix it up so it is functional.


The first axe on the left is a Stro Bro from Sweden 2 1/4 # that I paid one dollar for. The next is the Winchester that I have $2.50 into and the third is an Idunno that I paid $2.00 for and refurbished.

I missed out on a Norlund Hudson Bay axe today at a garage sale. A friend called and said he saw one for $8.00 but he did not get it because he has several and it was pretty rusty. When I rushed over there it was gone (of course). Dang!
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#5063891 - 05/28/15 06:23 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
Dale Torma Offline
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Registered: 02/02/07
Posts: 3561
Loc: Northern MN
I see you have the same disease

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#5063940 - 05/28/15 07:04 PM Re: Axes! [Re: Dale Torma]
DiggerDale Offline
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Registered: 01/16/14
Posts: 594
Loc: North Cass Minnesota
Originally Posted By: Dale Torma
I see you have the same disease

Probably less costly than collecting traps.....
And I see I ain't the only one that paints my trapping hatchets orange....

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#5064304 - 05/28/15 11:25 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
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Loc: Mt.
How do you define a Cruiser axe ? Why were they named this ? I do know what cruising timber means. Were they carried by a timer cruiser ?
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#5064346 - 05/29/15 03:16 AM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
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Registered: 11/09/08
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Loc: Mt
Some cool old axes guys..and hatchets too. Thanks for the pics!
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#5064397 - 05/29/15 06:22 AM Re: Axes! [Re: g smith]
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Registered: 10/21/12
Posts: 919
Loc: Aroostook county, Maine
Originally Posted By: g smith
How do you define a Cruiser axe ? Why were they named this ? I do know what cruising timber means. Were they carried by a timer cruiser ?

Yes they were. Up here the original cruiser axe is a Hudson Bay pattern axe on a 20-28" handle. That's what I have always been taught in forestry. More widely know is the double bit cruiser axe which is a 2.5 pound head with a 28" handle double bit.

Alex
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#5064400 - 05/29/15 06:27 AM Re: Axes! [Re: g smith]
jeremy brua Offline
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Registered: 03/11/10
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Loc: Volant Pa.
Originally Posted By: g smith
How do you define a Cruiser axe ? Why were they named this ? I do know what cruising timber means. Were they carried by a timer cruiser ?


The timber cruisers preferred to use these small axes to blaze trees because of their light head (+\-2.5#) and short handel (26-28"). The only true way to tell is the size of the eye. 2.5"x5/8" or close to that.
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#5064414 - 05/29/15 06:58 AM Re: Axes! [Re: jeremy brua]
james dymond Offline
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Registered: 05/09/10
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Loc: Onaway michigan
I like a double bit axe, don't know why the single bit is so popular.

My dad was the only one I ever saw twist the axe when splitting wood. Never get the axe stuck in the block doing it that way.

Jim

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#5064456 - 05/29/15 08:13 AM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
mttwill Offline
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Registered: 01/17/14
Posts: 341
Loc: Mt
Here is a 2 1/2 lb. Plumb cruiser that I keep in my truck.

This is a Collins Hudson bay that I fixed up to keep in the Jeep.


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#5064457 - 05/29/15 08:15 AM Re: Axes! [Re: james dymond]
beaver trapper Offline
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Registered: 10/21/12
Posts: 919
Loc: Aroostook county, Maine
Originally Posted By: james dymond
I like a double bit axe, don't know why the single bit is so popular.

My dad was the only one I ever saw twist the axe when splitting wood. Never get the axe stuck in the block doing it that way.

Jim

Never handled a double bit. Never found the need for one. I prefer to have the poll and my axe for driving stuff. I know it's the cardinal sin of an axe but when I'm snowshoeing into beaver flowages in the winter I'm not going to lug a hammer just to drive nails. That's what I have the back of my axe for. I also use it for driving fencing sticks. Also with a double bit axe you can't stick it into the back of your belt and carry it Indian style. I find it very handy to carry that way at times.

Alex
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#5065234 - 05/29/15 09:49 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
Tom Limberis Offline
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Registered: 11/03/14
Posts: 127
Loc: sycamore, Illinois
Cruiser axes are also 8 1/2 inches long or less.

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#5067031 - 05/31/15 02:45 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
Dale Torma Offline
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Registered: 02/02/07
Posts: 3561
Loc: Northern MN
That's a sweet Hudson Bay pattern Collins, Mttwill!
My very first axe was the same, I bought it for 7 bucks corn picking money in about 1971. My dad had a logging company and lots of cruiser double bits for the loggers, one of them took my Collins. Nobody would fess up and nobody thought it was a big deal except me.

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#5067288 - 05/31/15 05:33 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
Scout1 Offline
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Registered: 07/28/12
Posts: 1182
Loc: Western N. Carolina

Not really an axe, but a hatchet. Forged by a blacksmith near me. Going to look into getting him to make a single bit for use of the hammer as well. The first pic has his last name/mark on it.
Sharp as a razor as well.
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#5067289 - 05/31/15 05:34 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
MnMan Offline
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Registered: 03/04/07
Posts: 5524
Loc: Central MN, sort of old
I just picked up an Olympia double bit head at a garage sale yesterday and just now put a handle on it. The head was $3.00 and the handle was 3 times that (new).
Is there a cure for this addiction?

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#5068276 - 06/01/15 12:13 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
Dale Torma Offline
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Registered: 02/02/07
Posts: 3561
Loc: Northern MN
It's a terminal disease

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#5068353 - 06/01/15 01:50 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
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Registered: 01/28/07
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Loc: Georgia
Anyone know of a source of good handles?

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#5068474 - 06/01/15 04:04 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
Dale Torma Offline
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Registered: 02/02/07
Posts: 3561
Loc: Northern MN
I have had mixed results with House brand handles, first few were good then 2 broke off at the eye on axes in the first minutes of use, the hickory was red colored and seemed brittle. The all white wood handles seemed better. And I am very picky about handles and look through a whole pile to find the one I want.
There may be other brands that are more consistent, or my supplier is getting factory seconds and selling them as firsts. Most people think a handle is a handle. But we axe nuts know different.

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