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Straighten out a crooked handle?

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by d.weglarz13, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. d.weglarz13

    d.weglarz13 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 4, 2008
    Okay guys. I have been using my GB AFA a lot lately. I realized the other day, that the head is off center of the handle, and I'm not sure if it just happened or was like that since I got it. In all reality, it's probably been like that and I must not have noticed, as it is only off a slight bit. But it's enough to notice. So, my question is, any way to fix this?
    I read that other link about rehafting an axe to tighten it up, would that work for this?
    I'm thinking removing metal spike thing, then wedge, then removing head. Then I'm wondering if I can use the same wedge and spike thing to put back on, once I got everything lined up.

    Does this sound possible to you guys.? Or am I thinking the impossible here?

    Thanks for any ideas!

  2. markv


    Sep 8, 2004
    like you said, you've been using it for awhile so why not keep on using it just the way it is.

    if the handle ever breaks or cracks, you can re-hang it.

  3. Square_peg


    Feb 1, 2012
    Can you post a picture of what is bothering you? It might not be worth fussing with.
  4. d.weglarz13

    d.weglarz13 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 4, 2008
    Sure. Its hard to see, but its easier to tell in person. Doesn't make too much of a difference in chopping though as it seems, although it does look like crap now that i realized it.
    here's another shot of the other side so you can see it wasn't hung perfect.

    thanks again for any opinions.

  5. willseeyalater


    Jan 7, 2012
    Friend, I think you have attention surplus. Let it be and focus on what the axe can make or do. Use it, wear it and yourself out if you can and enjoy the ride. Keep it clean and sharp but don't 'mary kay' it to much. Seriously, it seems like you need to relax and enjoy a nice axe like that and stop looking at it to close...it's probably better than any of mine.
  6. d.weglarz13

    d.weglarz13 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 4, 2008
    haha, yea i know what you mean. But, on the other hand, is i REALLY WOULD rather buy a cheap axe to beat up, but i sincerely enjoy using my knives, tools, etc. that are also beautiful and pleasing to the eye, thus why I pay the higher price. So, i do understand what you are saying, and YES, i do need to stop focusing on the little things, even in my life, but i do get some enjoyment out of being the way i am also, if that makes any sense.
    Thank you for your opinion very much Sir, and your help. I suppose i will just let it go then...like i said, it doesn't seem to hinder chopping in any way, and I really love this axe. In fact, i know i said it before, so i will put together a quick little review of it with a bunch of action pics.....And of course i am in no way an axe expert, but i sure Im glad i opened up my mind from just really knives, to axes now! Well, i suppose i have just about every edged tool, but the axe was the one thing i was missing, so i had to make that step. I won't be carrying a machete on camping trips anymore, to say the least. Much more fun than just a bow saw for getting my fires going nice and hot!

  7. willseeyalater


    Jan 7, 2012
    I sure appreciate your enthusiasm on all of it. Keep on studying on and doing the things that bring you a clear mind and a tired body. You are probably more the expert than a lot of tool bangers out there or soon will be.
  8. Square_peg


    Feb 1, 2012
    It's just a slight rotational error in how it was hung. Not enough to worry about. Certainly not bad enough to warrant re-hanging it. 10 years from now when you've worn that haft out you'll have goal set for yourself when you re-hang it. [​IMG]
  9. cooperhill


    Nov 14, 2011
    Seeking perfection in axes will drive you nuts. Especially when you start to hang your own. I look at it positively if I have learned something from a not-so great hang.

    My recommendation is just use it and rehang when it's actually necessary to do so.
  10. garry3


    Sep 11, 2012
    Being a perfectionist is not a flaw. Just got to except imperfection.
  11. G-pig


    Jul 5, 2011
    Was the same when I started. Not worth worrying about. Your body will adjust for any variations that small as soon as you pick it up hold it for a few seconds.
  12. DeadFall27

    DeadFall27 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 18, 2011
    No, no, no, no, these guys...these guys are all wrong; it's defective. Just give it to me since it is driving you nuts :p

    In all seriousness, it's fine. Just remember that nothing can ever be perfect. The guys up above me are right, just use it and hang it when it comes time.
  13. M3mphis


    Jan 13, 2011
    I'm sure it's fine...but I've pulled heads off and re-hung them to straightened things up on multiple occasions. It's easy enough to do......

    Hey, somebody's got to be the devil's advocate.
  14. d.weglarz13

    d.weglarz13 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 4, 2008
    Well, it sure is nice to have you guys to talk with about these weird, odd, and sometimes senseless things, especially since nobody in my personal life can relate to anything about axes, knives, or really anything that i love. So, thanks for that. I hope soon i will know enough about axes to be able to help out others with silly questions like mine.

    10 years before needing a new handle???? wow, thats longer than i ever expected out of a wooden handle as long as one on an axe. Surprisingly, i am VERY accurate with this axe, and can hit exactly the spot i am looking at, even in full swing. And, over and over again, i just can't believe how accurate i can be with this thing. And, from what i have been reading, most people say at straight handle is more accurate than a curved, so go figure. Either way, i do truly love this axe, and thank you all again for allowing me to part of your "family" on here. I have been spending tons of time on the Busse knife forum in the past few years, and they are just the coolest down to earth guys that i have as friends over an internet connection.....And, now I share more things i enjoy about life with you guys on this axe forum, and gotta say, thanks again.

    It is truly something that I enjoy, to be able to go out, use my axes, knives, what have you, then be able to come on here and conversate with you guys about the small but beautiful things in life that we all enjoy. And, now, i can't log on to my computer without at least stopping by here, and seeing what you guys are up to, and what im missing about some weird axe that someone found at a garage sale, or hear about how one of you maybe got to spend some time felling a tree, whatever....

    Anyways......thanks again, im trying to go through a bunch of pics, and outline how im gonna do this modest review of my axes, so that should be fun. It will be my first review, so i want to be somewhat thorough.

  15. Square_peg


    Feb 1, 2012

    You caught me napping. [​IMG]
  16. bearhunter


    Sep 12, 2009
    Those are some nice things you said there!

    As Frank would say "good on 'yer mate" :)
  17. d.weglarz13

    d.weglarz13 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 4, 2008
    ha, thank you Sir.

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