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My first axe

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by KP, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. KP

    KP Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Oct 24, 2011
    I saw some recommendations and a great youtube review for the Council Tool Boy's Axe and saw an incredible deal for one on an auction so I pulled the trigger and it got here today. I realize I'll have to spend more than 10-15 minutes putting an edge on it but I couldn't hold out any longer so I went out back and gave it a try.

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    Four chops! Alright, so this piece was rotten, but it still felt great.
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    This one looks like more of a challenge.
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    Looks like someone's home
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    About 10-12 whacks
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    Some light splitting
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    Since it's my first, I don't have much to compare it to but at 28", I felt like I had good control and good put some force behind it without having to worry so much about it sinking into my leg. I could choke up and do the splitting and felt a lot of control and not having to put much energy into it to get the job done. It worked great and I can't wait to get a good edge on it to see what it can really do.
     
  2. Blunt Forged Edge

    Blunt Forged Edge

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    May 15, 2012
    Nice pull on that Council Tool Boy's Axe and the review! Glad you like it.
     
  3. bearhunter

    bearhunter

    Sep 12, 2009
    nice!
    i love mine... it didnt take very long at all for me to get a razor edge on mine. it came with a near perfect 25 degree concave bit without me even touching it...
    it does have a real nice feel to it as well ;)
     
  4. coreboy

    coreboy

    100
    Apr 29, 2012
    nice ... i love my Plumb Boys axe. hows the grain??
     
  5. KP

    KP Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Oct 24, 2011
    I don't think it particularly good but tell me what you think. Like I said, it was great deal and my first axe so if it's bad, let me know. The only thing available around here are the big box stores and cheap imports so I went with the inexpensive USA model available online without seeing it.

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  6. bearhunter

    bearhunter

    Sep 12, 2009
    Heck, that's not to bad.
    Mine has really nice grain as well, but I was able to hand pick it locally. There were a few that had really bad grain and only two that had good grain. Naturally, I picked the best of the two.
     
  7. crazyengineer

    crazyengineer

    Apr 2, 2011
    Nice, I like it a lot after seeing it

    And the grain isn't so bad, I have one currently that is 90 degrees from what it should be. I also have one that has a nearly perfect grain that I bought (I'm talking handles only, no heads). The best place I have found around me is flea markets. I found some that I really like
     
  8. coreboy

    coreboy

    100
    Apr 29, 2012
    i would consider that grain good. is there ever "perfect" grain ?? nice pics. i'm getting one :)
     
  9. Log cutter

    Log cutter

    59
    Feb 19, 2012
    Thats not bad at all! Nice job,
     
  10. M3mphis

    M3mphis

    Jan 13, 2011
    That looks really good, bkoregon. The grain is plenty good for this guy. I think I might have to get one of these to try them out. See how they stack up to some vintage pieces...
     
  11. AeroNautiCal

    AeroNautiCal

    Jun 24, 2008
    Looks to be a nice, solid working tool.
     
  12. OutdoorEnvy

    OutdoorEnvy

    308
    Nov 22, 2011
    Nice axe and great actions shots. That grain is definitely good enough that it won't give you issues. Congrats on your first axe. Now the addiction will kick in :)
     
  13. KP

    KP Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Oct 24, 2011
    Thanks for all of the feedback! It's nice to get some objective takes on it.
     
  14. DJG097

    DJG097

    Apr 19, 2009
    I might have to pick one of these up. My estwing keeps giving me blisters. How does the paint hold up though?
     
  15. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
    So would I. I'd consider anything less than 45° off vertical to be OK and this haft is only 25° off vertical. Not an issue. Plus it shows the wide grain of a fast-growing 2nd growth tree. Up to 40 growth rings per inch is OK. Less than 20 is preferred. That haft has maybe 16. So it has essentially perfect ring spacing. Spend a little more time working on the edge and you'll have a great working axe.
     
  16. M3mphis

    M3mphis

    Jan 13, 2011
    Great post!
     
  17. KP

    KP Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Oct 24, 2011
    So far so good but I just used it once. I was thinking about cleaning it up and just stripping it off anyway.

    Square_peg - thanks for the 411. That's the kind of knowledge that keeps me hanging around here.
     
  18. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
    I think they look better without the paint.
     
  19. wildmike

    wildmike

    Nov 17, 2007
    I just ordered one from bensbackwoods.com a forest service version. They come with a better handle and are sharpened to forest service specs.
     
  20. bearhunter

    bearhunter

    Sep 12, 2009
    There were some FS CT axes on e bay last week. They had just been listed and were the 4lb heads with a 36" handle. The guy wanted 'buy it now' price of 24.99. He had 40 something that he had won in a government auction. I was going to buy one the next day, but they were all gone :(
    I mean they were brand new, unused! They were also painted FS green.
     
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2012

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