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    What's bigger than a felling axe?


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    And does anyone make a good one at the quality level of GFB?

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    Bigger than a GFB AMERICAN felling axe? By wieght or size? Size wise, I've seen Kelly in Connecticut pattern that are bigger. I've also seen a Council Railroad axe in Jersey pattern that's heavier and bigger, but they don't make it anymore. Racing axes are obviously bigger, but they are not meant for hard woods. Double your budget for those........

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    I have several old American vintage felling patterns over 4lbs and one over 5lbs. Hewing axes are usually quite heavy.

    Bigger in bit size?- yes, Jerseys and Connecticuts are 5" or better.

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    FortyTwoBlades recently started a thread about Adler axes from Germany. I was able to find an English version of their catalog online. They make American pattern axes up to 7 lbs from either C45 or C60 steel. Such a big C60 axe would be an impressive tool, IMO.

    http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/sh...little-testing

    Other than that there are a few masting axes still floating around from a century ago. It's not uncommon for one of those to run 6-8 pounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Square_peg View Post
    FortyTwoBlades recently started a thread about Adler axes from Germany. I was able to find an English version of their catalog online. They make American pattern axes up to 7 lbs from either C45 or C60 steel. Such a big C60 axe would be an impressive tool, IMO.

    http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/sh...little-testing

    Other than that there are a few masting axes still floating around from a century ago. It's not uncommon for one of those to run 6-8 pounds.
    Yup! I plan on getting some of the big ones in. What's bigger than a felling axe? A bigger felling axe!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Square_peg View Post
    FortyTwoBlades recently started a thread about Adler axes from Germany. I was able to find an English version of their catalog online. They make American pattern axes up to 7 lbs from either C45 or C60 steel. Such a big C60 axe would be an impressive tool, IMO.

    http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/sh...little-testing

    Other than that there are a few masting axes still floating around from a century ago. It's not uncommon for one of those to run 6-8 pounds.
    Wow 7 lbs would be a beast. They don't seem to have a website.

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    Vintage felling axes go to six pounds as far as I know. Bigger is always better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jbmass View Post
    Racing axes are obviously bigger, but they are not meant for hard woods. Double your budget for those........
    They make racing axes for hardwoods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Square_peg View Post
    FortyTwoBlades recently started a thread about Adler axes from Germany. I was able to find an English version of their catalog online. They make American pattern axes up to 7 lbs from either C45 or C60 steel. Such a big C60 axe would be an impressive tool, IMO.

    http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/sh...little-testing

    Other than that there are a few masting axes still floating around from a century ago. It's not uncommon for one of those to run 6-8 pounds.
    I tried finding a website to look at some of their products with no luck. Can you point me in the right direction?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zymologist View Post
    I tried finding a website to look at some of their products with no luck. Can you point me in the right direction?

    Check out the "Producte" and "Katalog" pages (the "Catalogue" download is in English):
    http://www.adler-werkzeugfabrik.de/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Tall View Post
    Check out the "Producte" and "Katalog" pages (the "Catalogue" download is in English):
    http://www.adler-werkzeugfabrik.de/
    Cool Sure is ugly compared to a GFB though.

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    A good deal cheaper and well made. They just have a fully ground finish rather than that pretty as-forged scale. On a related note, the forged finish on Rinaldi's axes and billhooks is dead sexy. I think their forging dies are mirror polished because their finish is smoooooooooth.


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    Council Tool still makes Dayton single-bits up to 6 pounds or so as well. I have an older 5-pounder I rescued and it's a big beast.

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    A brute of an axe, Agdor still makes the Arvika 5-Star racing pattern axe with a 4.5-lb head (SKU HU-AG-840511). It's a handful. I have one and it's a nicely made piece. Excellent hickory, and forged tool steel head, fitted nicely. To get the best out of it you'll do a little profile work on the edge but it's good as-is if just sharpening it. I got mine from Big Bear Tools in Canada, about $120 to my door (Illinois). Like the top one in the pic but newer ones do not have the red painted haft.

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    Those look good. So glossy

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    To clear up, those two are unused and the flash reflection is bright. The Hytest racing axe from mid 70's. The Arvika, earlier, maybe 60's I believe. The new Arvika I mentioned is not pictured but is same as old, without red paint.
    Quote Originally Posted by WayTooSharp View Post
    Those look good. So glossy

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    Check out this racing axe manufacturer. The pdf page explaining their available grinds is interesting. I have a Rinaldi on the way from Baronyx. Couldn't resist that wide edge. It will be my first large import. I have about 40 American-made large vintage axes in my collection. I have a 7 lb brute single edge axe. It's fun to use for sure. http://www.tuatahiaxes.com/

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    Try these, they produce racing axes but they also prepare them for any use you can give to them. Those racing axes prepared for your timber are the best fellers you can find, I would suggest you to go for the Basque ones.
    http://www.hachasartesanas.com/
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    http://www.osborneaxes.com.au/conventional_grinds.html

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