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CT Boys axe experiences?

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by Zimbabwe, Jul 14, 2012.

  1. Zimbabwe

    Zimbabwe

    120
    Jun 4, 2012
    Hey y'all,
    I have been looking at the Council Tool Boys axe ( http://www.counciltool.com/product.asp?pg=product&item=22BR ) for mostly general use Camping/Backpacking. Anyone had any experiences with this particular axe? Also how it comes out of box, sharpness wise, is important. At the moment all I have to sharpen an axe is my Lansky Puck, so preferable it would be sharp out of box.

    Thanks.

    ~Zim
     
  2. wildmike

    wildmike

    Nov 17, 2007
    Mine came with a usable edge. Only took 20 minutes or so to bring it to shaving sharp.

    Fantastic axes. The edge and head profile on mine is actually better than the head profile of my GB'S.
     
  3. Zimbabwe

    Zimbabwe

    120
    Jun 4, 2012
    How long do you think it would take to get it sharp with a Lansky Puck which is coarse/fine. Most people I find use belt sanders followed by nice files but I do not have those at my disposal. :grumpy:

    Thanks

    ~Zim
     
  4. Operator1975

    Operator1975

    Sep 24, 2010
    I would rather buy an axe and sharpen it to my own specs really.
     
  5. wildmike

    wildmike

    Nov 17, 2007
    I have a puck and they don't take that long as long as major reprofiling isn't needed.

    Make sure to keep the puck lubricated, and it probably won't take more than 45 minutes.

    Another option is to take a piece of scrap belt, and glue a strip of wet or dry paper to it, start with 250 grit, then 400, etc.
     
  6. Operator1975

    Operator1975

    Sep 24, 2010
    Most pucks u don't need to lube, right?
     
  7. Zimbabwe

    Zimbabwe

    120
    Jun 4, 2012
    My Lansky one uses oil but you really don't need that much per sharpening, however I don't know about a toal reprofile
     
  8. Zimbabwe

    Zimbabwe

    120
    Jun 4, 2012
    Also anyone who bought it, did it come with a sheath?
     
  9. wildmike

    wildmike

    Nov 17, 2007
    No sheath. But it is easy to make a mask.
     
  10. wildmike

    wildmike

    Nov 17, 2007
    OP. I have always used a lubricant it keeps the stone cutting correctly.

    Some puks you can use water, just keep dipping it in a bowl.

    For the puks which need oil I use charcoal lighter fluid (kerosene ).
     
  11. Zimbabwe

    Zimbabwe

    120
    Jun 4, 2012
    Mmmmm kind of rethinking the size I want, if I will be using it mostly for backpacking and maybe light splitting at the house. Do you think this is an ideal size or should I got 24in or less?
     
  12. wildmike

    wildmike

    Nov 17, 2007
    Boys axe will work fine.

    I have a couple of the 16"-19" axes. Most of the light stuff I'D rather have a hatchet, and if it comes to real wood's work the extra length of handle and weight of the boys axe does way more work for the effort.
     
  13. Sidehill Gouger

    Sidehill Gouger

    Dec 29, 2007
    Use a large mill file to profile the edge the first time and after that the puck will be all you need to touch it up.
     
  14. Zimbabwe

    Zimbabwe

    120
    Jun 4, 2012
    Anyone know if it comes with a convex or V grind? If it come with a convex, would reprofiling it to a V be bad? I have no idea how to convex an edge. I do have a strop that I usually put a very small convex at the end of my Scandi's, but it's definitely not coarse enough to fully convex an edge.
     
  15. wildmike

    wildmike

    Nov 17, 2007
    Comes convex. But you'll be surprised how little you have to do to it.
     
  16. Zimbabwe

    Zimbabwe

    120
    Jun 4, 2012
    Alright sounds good, its prolly gonna replace my hatchet for backpacking, think I should get a larger knife to go with? I normally just carry my hatchet and my Mora Classic, or my BHK patch knife, think I can still make small enough kindling with a 28in axe?
     
  17. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
    No problem.
     
  18. wildmike

    wildmike

    Nov 17, 2007
    You won't really need a larger knife with it. I usually carry one of my 5" ers. Winter I may carry more.
     
  19. Zimbabwe

    Zimbabwe

    120
    Jun 4, 2012
    Alright awesome, also just found it for 20$ so will definitely be buying it
     
  20. kelseyboy

    kelseyboy

    19
    Apr 19, 2007
    Just to chime in on the oil on a puck, if you havent tried it, try it. for me it floats the shavings and really starts cutting almost like a file, just be careful and NOT SPLIT YOUR THUMB DOWN THE MIDDLE ,THEN HAVE TO USE YOUR TOOTHBRUSH TO GET ALL THE GREY SLUDGE OUT BEFORE YOU SUPERGLUE IT!!!!!!
    and yes I felt like upper casing some words when I did it too.
     

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