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Axes, Hatchets and Tomahawks
« on: February 01, 2020, 12:32:14 pm »
Hardy pray tell - whats going on with your axes? Where do they come from, differences, use. But most importantly where do i order :laughing4:

I am drawn to Scandinavian and Native american axes.  I know about nothing about em though.  Would like a utility camping ax for light/ medium wood chopping, branch clearing and general camp use.  Some simple utilitarian, but with a bit of fair if you know what i mean. Some beautiful but practical.  And protection on the handle for all my misses.  Small, light..

Please share the knowledge
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Re: Axes
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2020, 12:48:44 pm »
Hardy pray tell - whats going on with your axes? Where do they come from, differences, use. But most importantly where do i order :laughing4:

I am drawn to Scandinavian and Native american axes.  I know about nothing about em though.  Would like a utility camping ax for light/ medium wood chopping, branch clearing and general camp use.  Some simple utilitarian, but with a bit of fair if you know what i mean. Some beautiful but practical.  And protection on the handle for all my misses.  Small, light..

Please share the knowledge

Ok - Short story. My grandfather believed that every man should have a good knife and a good axe. His axe was strapped behind his seat in his old Land Cruiser and I got to know from a young age what worked and what did not, as I tried my hand at making my own out of old leaf springs etc.
I would make the following suggestion: Buy either a Cold Steel or CRKT axe or tomahawk as a starter.
I like the tomahawks as they are relatively light, They chop & cut like an axe, but they have the classic look of hickory wood, and it is also a fantastic weapon. You can then modify, and detail it as you please. Leather is seriously cheap, as is the other stuff that will eventually find it's way onto the axes or tomahawks you modify.
I regrind mine, as I do not like the makers mark on the blades. I also use perma blue after the grinding to give the blades the used, fallout look.
I often burn the hickory handles to achieve the same weathered look. I will pm you the link to the supplier - let me know which shape you are interested in, as I have tried them all, and can save you school fees.


 
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Re: Axes
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2020, 12:55:01 pm »
Im strange...

Folders i will buy

Fix blades only hand made - i dont have many, actually only 3, but all hand made - from here or other places - https://www.sharpedge.co.za/custom/handmade-knives. For utility knives go to a lessor known craftsman.  I think the prices are a steal for proper handmade knives.  And you support the craft



Axes, i will prefer hand made. - dont know much.  Please tell me more.
 
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« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2020, 01:17:38 pm »
Im strange...

Folders i will buy

Fix blades only hand made - i dont have many, actually only 3, but all hand made - from here or other places - https://www.sharpedge.co.za/custom/handmade-knives. For utility knives go to a lessor known craftsman.  I think the prices are a steal for proper handmade knives.  And you support the craft



Axes, i will prefer hand made. - dont know much.  Please tell me more.

Sure, I understand. Unfortunately, I only wish I could have been a blacksmith. Hein, I think you must get a blacksmith to create the steel head for you. Not sure which steel (Damascus, Tool steel etc) you are going to use, but I understand that it would either be a Viking or Native American shape. You can then specify exactly which grind you are looking for and then you do the rest yourself. The wood, leather sheath, handle leather, strapping, etc is the fun part.
I will upload some closer pics of some of the tomahawks in about 30 minutes as I am on the road now.
 
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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2020, 01:33:08 pm »
Subfrikkenscribed :thumleft: :thumleft:
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« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2020, 01:42:40 pm »
Im strange...

Folders i will buy

Fix blades only hand made - i dont have many, actually only 3, but all hand made - from here or other places - https://www.sharpedge.co.za/custom/handmade-knives. For utility knives go to a lessor known craftsman.  I think the prices are a steal for proper handmade knives.  And you support the craft



Axes, i will prefer hand made. - dont know much.  Please tell me more.

Sure, I understand. Unfortunately, I only wish I could have been a blacksmith. Hein, I think you must get a blacksmith to create the steel head for you. Not sure which steel (Damascus, Tool steel etc) you are going to use, but I understand that it would either be a Viking or Native American shape. You can then specify exactly which grind you are looking for and then you do the rest yourself. The wood, leather sheath, handle leather, strapping, etc is the fun part.
I will upload some closer pics of some of the tomahawks in about 30 minutes as I am on the road now.

Im useless with my hands. Can do the leather and ropework. Thats it.  Where does yours come from?  What the the functions and characteristics of the different heads?  What can it be used for besides the obvious?  Tent pegs?  Etc
 

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« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2020, 01:55:10 pm »
Just got this puppy yesterday.

Now I can source my own wood for my Mora handles...(and all the trees in the neighbourhood just got a cold shiver down their trunks)

 

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« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2020, 02:13:26 pm »
Im strange...

Folders i will buy

Fix blades only hand made - i dont have many, actually only 3, but all hand made - from here or other places - https://www.sharpedge.co.za/custom/handmade-knives. For utility knives go to a lessor known craftsman.  I think the prices are a steal for proper handmade knives.  And you support the craft



Axes, i will prefer hand made. - dont know much.  Please tell me more.

Sure, I understand. Unfortunately, I only wish I could have been a blacksmith. Hein, I think you must get a blacksmith to create the steel head for you. Not sure which steel (Damascus, Tool steel etc) you are going to use, but I understand that it would either be a Viking or Native American shape. You can then specify exactly which grind you are looking for and then you do the rest yourself. The wood, leather sheath, handle leather, strapping, etc is the fun part.
I will upload some closer pics of some of the tomahawks in about 30 minutes as I am on the road now.

Why dont you become one. You sure have the talent, money, facilities and passion. Donno about the time, but that you can determine yourself.  Do it..
 

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« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2020, 02:18:41 pm »
Bought the same Husky Axe!! :thumleft:
The one with the Husky I just liked & a Nice Small Carry!
The next lot I bought from Louis AKA @Vis Arend!!!! like them a lot gave one to my Son & one to my SIL.
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« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2020, 02:28:42 pm »
Waar is mr Visarend!  Forgot the man is a keen ax maker. 
 

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« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2020, 02:32:50 pm »
My Fire Man's Axe. Insulated to 20000 Volt.
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« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2020, 02:33:51 pm »
Waar is mr Visarend!  Forgot the man is a keen ax maker.

There was talk about a bike trip not 100% sure but it was mention somewhere!
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« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2020, 02:42:39 pm »
Waar is mr Visarend!  Forgot the man is a keen ax maker.

There was talk about a bike trip not 100% sure but it was mention somewhere!

Louis & Nannie is soaking up the Southern Namibia sun at the moment.
 
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« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2020, 02:48:47 pm »
Oh how I enjoy this. :spitcoffee:
 
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« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2020, 02:49:05 pm »
So back to the axes. Hardy plse tell me more.  Shapes sizes material functions...where to start ...
 

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« Reply #15 on: February 01, 2020, 02:53:51 pm »
So back to the axes. Hardy plse tell me more.  Shapes sizes material functions...where to start ...

Addictive this, isn't it? :imaposer:
I have to go now, I have a biker down in our area. Don't know if it is a WD.
But I promise I will send you everything I have done and and all the lessons I have learned
Quick question - Do you know Condor knives?
I have a feeling you will like it a lot.
Chat later
 

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« Reply #16 on: February 01, 2020, 03:09:13 pm »
So back to the axes. Hardy plse tell me more.  Shapes sizes material functions...where to start ...

Addictive this, isn't it? :imaposer:
I have to go now, I have a biker down in our area. Don't know if it is a WD.
But I promise I will send you everything I have done and and all the lessons I have learned
Quick question - Do you know Condor knives?
I have a feeling you will like it a lot.
Chat later

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Hardy went to look for the rider that picked up problems. Unfortunately it happens often in our area.
Usually just someone that can’t fix his own puncture.
 

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« Reply #17 on: February 01, 2020, 03:17:14 pm »
No problem, keep the conversation going. Seems you know your way around edge art?
 

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« Reply #18 on: February 01, 2020, 03:17:58 pm »
Hardy asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I told him that I really wanted Michael Kors Sporty Citrus perfume.
This is what He made me...
“For chopping Mopani wood on the bike tours, because the riders will be too tired” - He said.
Can’t blame him for being practical, I suppose.





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« Reply #19 on: February 01, 2020, 03:24:03 pm »
 :laughing4: :laughing4:

Woman who work for me... i didnt know what to get her for her birthday.  Ended up buying her a Swiss army folder with bottle opener and cork puller. Picnic model or something.  She loved it. Ok thats what she said...