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Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by Wood Splitter, May 2, 2012.

  1. Wood Splitter

    Wood Splitter

    869
    Jul 16, 2011
    I have been wanting a proper hatchet for a looong time. Never have been able to save enough for a GB Wildlife, and in Canada, I can't get a Wetterlings for any cheaper then a GB.

    So after a day spent outside practicing bow drill, and other various fire methods, I come inside and search for "vintage hatchet" on the ol' bay. And look what comes up with 20 minuets left!

    http://www.ebay.ca/itm/130686700188...X:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649#ht_4956wt_1163

    :eek:..... Oh yeah!!!! :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

    Can't wait for this to arrive. Going to be a veeeerrryy fun project:)

    Would love to see some already restored ones. Please feel free to post pics if you have one.

    Opinions welcome.

    Take care,
    Splitter
     
  2. M3mphis

    M3mphis

    Jan 13, 2011
    Congrat, Dude! Nice grab. I was looking at that one this evening, but withheld. I'm glad you snagged it!!

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  3. Wood Splitter

    Wood Splitter

    869
    Jul 16, 2011
    Thanks man:)
     
  4. scruffuk

    scruffuk Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 14, 2010
    Great bag WS!

    It's a lovely pattern, my wee Japanese hatchet is based in this head style and I love it.

    Be sure to show her off once she's been spruced up.
     
  5. cattledog

    cattledog

    319
    Oct 7, 2011
    Splitter nice one!

    My opinion is it is as good as a GB. The broad blade makes a large contact area with the wood. The steel is very hard and chops great.

    Interesting link with more info about it http://bit.ly/IozHID Made by Mann edge in PA with Scandanavia history.

    Big brother 1.75lb
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    Let us know if your eye has this ridge on top

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    Good luck with it and keep it in good shape it will hold its value.
     
  6. HandAxeProMan

    HandAxeProMan

    592
    Apr 9, 2011
    Excellent snag Wood Splitter. If you decide you want a Wetterlings in the future, PM me and maybe we can work something out.

    Howard
     
  7. leebrewer

    leebrewer Gold Member Gold Member

    942
    Apr 21, 2008
    Very nice indeed!
     
  8. Wood Splitter

    Wood Splitter

    869
    Jul 16, 2011
    Hey M3mphis (or anyone else who has the same hatchet), could you please tell me the length of the eye, and possibly the width of it (at its widest point)?

    I just went out and bought the last handle my local hardware store had in stock. Perfect grain, made in Canada, but I'm conserned that the eye on my Norlund will be slightly bigger then the handle.

    The eye on my handle is just a little bit over 1 1/2" long, and just under 1/2" wide (mind you that is with no wedge).

    Thanks for any help.

    And thanks for all the comments!

    Splitter
     
  9. M3mphis

    M3mphis

    Jan 13, 2011
    Hey,

    1 5/8" x 5/8" on mine.

    I'll bet that handle will work once you take up the space with a wedge.
     
  10. Wood Splitter

    Wood Splitter

    869
    Jul 16, 2011
    Thanks bud:) I'm pretty sure it should work okay.
     
  11. Wood Splitter

    Wood Splitter

    869
    Jul 16, 2011
    I actually just finished sanding off the lacquer that was on it, and sanded it up to very worn out 220. Just going to oil it right now:)
     
  12. Sparrow92

    Sparrow92

    94
    Mar 16, 2011
    You use bow drills too? Cool! :)
    Have fun with that hatchet; post some photos once you receive it and get it hung on a handle!
     
  13. Wood Splitter

    Wood Splitter

    869
    Jul 16, 2011
    Still learning, but yep! I sure do:)

    Will defiantly post some pictures and possibly a video too.
     
  14. Sparrow92

    Sparrow92

    94
    Mar 16, 2011
    Just curious, what other various fire methods were you practicing? I've tried a hand drill and flint/steel a few times, but never managed to get a coal or spark with either of them. For me, a bow drill is the most dependable way to start a fire, and really fast once you get the hang of it!
     
  15. Wood Splitter

    Wood Splitter

    869
    Jul 16, 2011
    I was experimenting with a piece of quartz and an old file. I got a few pretty good sized sparks, but I ended up braking my quartz:( Flint is impossible to fine here in BC, so quartz is the only really suitable replacement. Aside from that, I carved out a bow drill kit from red cedar with my GB Scandinavian forest axe.

    My personal favorite for fire lighting is a ferro rod. So I was trying different tinder's alot of the time. My favorite tinder is still fat wood, and birch bark. Those two are unstoppable:) both can be easily found in the woods as well:thumbup:

    Still learning bow drill, but I am getting better everyday!
     
  16. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
    I haven't done a bow drill yet but I've started fires with my home made fire piston.
     
  17. M3mphis

    M3mphis

    Jan 13, 2011
    What did you use to make a fire piston??
     
  18. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
    I used a small piece of copper pipe with one end sealed as the tube and a slightly smaller galvinized spike as the plunger. The copper pipe has a smooth interior. I carefully filed two shallow grooves around the spike and fitted rubber o-rings into them. I cut the tip of the spike off flat and drilled a small depression into it. A piece of charcloth goes into the depression. Slam it together and voila! Fire - about 1 in 20 tries.

    Apologies to Wood Splitter for taking his thread off topic.
     
  19. Wood Splitter

    Wood Splitter

    869
    Jul 16, 2011
    Don't worry about it! its all good:)
     
  20. Wood Splitter

    Wood Splitter

    869
    Jul 16, 2011
    By the way, I would really like to see a picture of your fire piston.
     

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