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I couldn't even find an axe
« on: October 31, 2005, 11:30:05 PM »
I needed an axe today for the first time in years.  Three of the big blocks of wood I split the other day were still being held together by some fibers (because they were curly maple) and were just too big to wrestle around to finish with the splitter so my plan was to take an axe to finish them off.  The only axe I could find was an old single bit with a chewed up handle and a head that appeared as though it had been used to break rocks.  We used to have axes of all shapes and sizes.  Double bit, single bit, broad axe etc.  I did find three pick axes and a couple mattocks but only the one axe and it might as well be thrown out.  I couldn't even find a regular splitting maul.  I've got two in my woodshed but the only thing at Dad's I could come up with was a monster maul which I ended taking along.  It worked and worked me harder than I wanted plus I mashed my thumb pretty good with it.  It would've been faster to come home and get a regular maul, it's only a half mile, but I knew there were axes around.  Grandpa was on a kick for a while and put new handles in all kinds of old tools.  Somewhere around here is a stash of axes.  I know it, there has to be ;) ;D
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Re: I couldn't even find an axe
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2005, 12:19:07 AM »
I have a favorite axe that goes everywhere with me. It under my truck seat when I am not using it.It's a "boys axe", some folks call them limbing axes, light weight with a 20 inch handle and made of very good quality steel. It was the first tool I ever bought with my own money and there ain't much that axe won't do for me.

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Re: I couldn't even find an axe
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2005, 04:05:34 AM »
I think a good double bit ax is impossible to find at a reasonable price.  About any time Ive been in a store that has a rack of tools I check out the axes.  All you find anymore are big hunks of iron on a stick.

When I was growing up,  I used an ax about every day. Dad had hacked ties in his younger years and a regular double bit ax was a necessary tool to accompany the broad ax.  He always had a good one and kept it sharp.  But now theyre all worn out, broken or lost.  A couple of years ago I put a new handle in his old ax for him.  He put it in the back of his mule and there its staid.  Im sure hes not even used it.

When my boys were growing up, they were always borrowing my ax.  I bought them each a good ax Gabe a Hudson Bay style single bit and Chris a good double bit about 3/4 size.  I had to keep after them not to loose them.  That lasted about six months. Ill be DanGed if they didnt loose them both the same day.  I was plowing a field and had them trimming limbs and cutting sprouts along the field edge.  They spent most of their time playing in the creek.  When they came back to the truck I asked them where their axes were.  You guessed it.  I dont know. Was the reply.  I sent them to look for them and then went to look with them but we never found them.  I even went back years later with a metal detector looking for them but didnt find them.  I suspect they lost them real good on purpose.
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Re: I couldn't even find an axe
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2005, 07:07:03 AM »
I once saw a book in the book store that I should have bought. I think it was called the Axe Book, and in scanning it over it looked to be pretty informative and had some information on sharpening, firewood and just about anything related to the axe. I passed it up I think because I can be cheap sometimes. I have never seen it sice but should have bought it.

I used to carry an axe with me in the woods when I harvested professionally. It got me out of a lot of jambs more than once. I used to use a single bit axe so I could drive my wedges with the back of it. This was not smart as the constant pounding would open up the handle hole and loosen the axe handle. Finally I switched to a two bit axe and drove the wedge like a battering ram. It worked much better and never did loosen the handle again.

One day though while out cruising the woodlot I lost the stupid thing. More than likely it is driven into a tree somewhere and has grown out around it. The thing is, here in Maine, two bit axes are hard to find. I am constantly on the hunt for one, but have yet to find one. When I do, I'll buy one and keep a better eye on it.

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Re: I couldn't even find an axe
« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2005, 07:36:45 AM »
I have had a double-bitted axe for as long as I can remember. I keep one side really sharp for cutting and the other side I keep sort of banged up - but sharp - for dealing with things in the ground. (roots, etc.) The limber side and the stump side as it were.

Down here they use a machete for much of what you would use an axe for - I have seen 12" trees cut down really fast with a machete - pretty amazing what you can do when you swing one for hours at a time as work.

I did buy myself a machete - but it was snagged by someone - I think they are trying to keep me from hurting myself.
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Re: I couldn't even find an axe
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2005, 07:53:08 AM »
I have not seen a new double bit in a long time. My dad had one along with a smaller single bit and they saw a lot of use. He kept them sharp and made sure I did not abuse them. ;D I was always real careful with the big one to make sure I didn't damage myself on the backswing.
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Re: I couldn't even find an axe
« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2005, 08:59:12 AM »
So are you saying that I should be buying up all the double bit (I'm assuming you are talking a blade on each side) axes that I see at the farmers market for under $10???  I was seeing them all the time.  I'll go back next weekend to see if there are any there now.
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Re: I couldn't even find an axe
« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2005, 09:23:27 AM »
My grandfather was in Rhode Island visiting cousins and he found an axe in a flee market. Stamped with made in Canada on it. My uncle used that axe in the spring to split his kitchen stove firewood. Well before the first cord was split the axe blade was all chipped away as it was brittle in the cold and the handle around the blade was all chewed up. Had to go back to the old axe he had for years. What a bunch of junk. :D
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Re: I couldn't even find an ax
« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2005, 09:54:58 AM »
Found just the head of this one in the barn when we moved here 23 years ago... A friend made me a handle for it... it's rather light... maybe used by smaller people...  ;)

I would have to be really hard up to take this one down... as far as I'm concerned it can stay with my map of Maine of 1861 and a pair of riff skis (also found in the barn) made right here in beautiful down town Soldier Pond by Walter L. Stadig, has his own manufactured by tag on them...


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Re: I couldn't even find an axe
« Reply #11 on: November 01, 2005, 11:37:57 AM »
I got tired of getting junk axes too.  Now i have 2 max axes with the tool kits.  I keep one in the truck and the other one at home.

http://www.maxax.com/index.html

Although they are a little expensive, I like being able to only carry a small package and have everything i need.

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Re: I couldn't even find an axe
« Reply #12 on: November 01, 2005, 01:02:09 PM »
Had to buy a double bitted ax in college when in forestry school, bought the best one I could find, still have it, and for the life of me cannot think of the name of it, but, it was the best at the time, "50's".  then bought a single blade with a flat with a short handle to carry in the truck, like the man said, got me out of a couple jams.

After Rita there is a bunch of wood down, and being frugle (cheap) I decided to cut it up for my shop Franklyn stove.  Rooted around in the shop and found my old splitting mall, handle broken out of it and I haven't used it in years.  Anyway, put a new handle in it, and split fire wood.

Now I know why I never put the handle back in it. :'(  If I can only break this handle............................
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Re: I couldn't even find an axe
« Reply #13 on: November 01, 2005, 01:16:23 PM »
When I was in Boy Scouts,  I bought a 'Plumb' hand axe.  Kept it for years and really appreciated the quality.  Got to looking for it one time and remembered I had it stored behind the seat of my old AA Ford truck------that I had traded off about 6 months earlier :(
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Re: I couldn't even find an axe
« Reply #14 on: November 01, 2005, 01:41:24 PM »
I got the new Fiskars Ax a few months back. First real ax I have ever owned, man is it sharp. I used it on some 3 and 4 inch brush to try it out, a couple of whacks and it cut clean thru. It is easy to sharpen as well. Also has a composite handle similar to the Max ax. Best part is the lifetime warranty.
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« Reply #15 on: November 01, 2005, 03:21:54 PM »
Brother Noble, thank you, it was a Plumb.  Plumb forgot it. ;D  Must be a Missouri thing.
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Re: I couldn't even find an axe
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« Reply #17 on: November 01, 2005, 06:45:37 PM »
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Re: I couldn't even find an axe
« Reply #18 on: November 01, 2005, 08:29:50 PM »
I use a Collins single bit axe almost everyday. In the woods it's used to pound wedges and trim small limbs. At the mill I use it occasionally to chop dirt off logs or pound a wedge to free a stuck saw. Got it at a local saw shop that carries some logging and sawmill suplies. It wasn't cheap, but it was well worth the money.
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Re: I couldn't even find an axe
« Reply #19 on: November 01, 2005, 08:37:15 PM »
I just bought a Fiskars axe, i bought it hesitantly after my experience with their "worlds greatest shovel" which I bent the handle over the first time i used it to dig a hole.

but I did a little digging and hopefully it will last me, it's well balanced and cuts nice, but the handle is too short.  one reason I bought it was the carrying case it came in, I like to keep an axe in my truck for emergency purposes.  this should work well.

I like a double bit too, with one "good" side, and one "bad" side.

I've heard of leaving an axe head in water to keep the handle tight, I'd think that would rot the handle out quicker, but who knows...
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