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  1. thechuck

    The Anti-Mousies

    So, I've been playing with the search function... I have heard rumors that there may be some truly huge axes in some forumite's collections. Possibly even some - goodness me - 8 pounders! Anyone sitting on some big axes and want to share? The biggest axes I have are 6.5 lbs or so. I'd LOVE...
  2. thechuck

    grinds on competition axes

    Hi. I'm generally just an axe/hatchet forumite, but I found this thread while playing around with the search function that my new gold membership has opened up for me. I am also a competition chopper, and I am familiar with Tuatahi's axes and grinds. The "rolled edge" is indeed what you...
  3. thechuck

    "Fiskers 24 inch Chopper" or "I died a little inside"

    A quick update - After a bit more playtime with this thing, I'd note a few things: 1. I used to think the large Estwing was a decent small axe for guys cruising timber, blazing boundaries, etc. The Fiskers is, I think, much better for the job (better steel, lighter, more durable, better...
  4. thechuck

    "Fiskers 24 inch Chopper" or "I died a little inside"

    OK. So, any of you who have been reading this forum for a while know I am a died-in-the-wool traditional/antique axe guy. However, I am also a curious fellow. Having heard all the raving about the new (fangled) styles of axes out there, I have been getting a bit of an itch to try one for...
  5. thechuck

    Whats The Best Axe To Keep In A Truck

    I have a 5lb felling axe (Keech Timberman), and 8 lb axe-eye splitting maul, a 30" crowbar and a broom with the handle cut down to about 3 feet in my truck. Rare is the situation that cant be solved with one of them.
  6. thechuck

    Time for a video thread!

    That's the same stamp that is on the Keen Kutter I showed in the vid. Auctions, flea markets, antique stores - those are the places to get great tools, and great deals on great tools All of the bow saws in my basement are pulp/racing size. That is, they take a 42" blade and are 48" overall...
  7. thechuck

    Easy to build Target

    A trick I learned a while ago was to cut the round straddling a whorl of knots/branches. It will make the block almost impossible to split.
  8. thechuck

    Time for a video thread!

    E.C. Simmons, I'm pretty sure. No stamp on it either way (just Keen Kutter) but I did the research on the stamps once, and figured it was a Simmons. There are events called "Hard Hit" events. In those, number of hits wins, with time used as a tie-breaker. (8 hits in a month beats 9 hits in 5...
  9. thechuck

    Time for a video thread!

    It is easier to cut two clean faces from on top of the log. Basically, you can hit the whole of two completely opposite faces. It is probably easier and definitely safer to learn by standing next to the log. However, in that case, both faces rotate up towards the top of the log, and more...
  10. thechuck

    Time for a video thread!

    The difference was all the axe, although I am more experienced with it. The difference comes from the fact that the axe has a narrower profile, the axe is longer and the head is ~ 1.5 lbs heavier than the larger of the two axes I used before it. When I said I was tired, I didn't mean from that...
  11. thechuck

    Time for a video thread!

    I wear chainmail socks when I practice. You might BREAK your foot, but you'd NEVER cut it.
  12. thechuck

    Time for a video thread!

    HaHa. Exhale on the swing, just like when lifting weights. If you see other vids I've posted on my youtube account, I always do that. I swear, it's less pronounced and annoying in person. The camera seems to accentuate it. ishiyumisan: I am sorry, but I am a little confused by your comment...
  13. thechuck

    Time for a video thread!

    So, I've mentioned it a few times. Here's putting my camera where my mouth is. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgKjdWf1T_Q Grabbed two work axes and a training axe, grabbed a nasty piece of basswood - full of knots, too small to really train on - and hit it a few times on camera. Just nice...
  14. thechuck

    Anyone ever cut themselves with a axe or hatchet?

    A few different people sell them. The "regular" ones are now about $140, I think. You can also get them with stainless wire for the shin part for around $200. If people are still interested, I'll dig out contact info for the guy I know of that has them. -Chuck
  15. thechuck

    Snow and Nealley .vs. Gransfors Bruks

    GB is going to have a higher quality fit and finish. Also, the steel is going to be much harder. If price is not a factor, you are probably going to be happier with GB for most applications. If you have questions about specific models/applications, many here can give you reviews and...
  16. thechuck

    Hawk or Ax for hunting?

    Well, I've been quiet on this thread for awhile. Just started an new job and I've been spending a lot of time working on my underhands. Had a few thoughts on some points raised here, based on my experiences with cutting implements. Usual caveats for me apply - axe racer, ape man, etc. Also...
  17. thechuck

    Casting?

    Yeah. I've actually won more with my cast axe than any other, but I've had it the longest, so it doesn't really compare. In terms of the other things above, I suspect the difference is mostly mass. These things come out of the mold around 6 - 6.5 lbs. There are no thin places where bad casting...
  18. thechuck

    Casting?

    Vec- Not sure if this would hold for hawks, but in my world, the answer is, $200. That is, you would save about half the cost ($425) of a forged axe by going with a cast axe ($225). Not as nice of an axe, but in many cases, totally serviceable, and it looks really nice when you set it next to...
  19. thechuck

    Hawk or Ax for hunting?

    Of course, I am somewhat wookie-like in proportion, and I'm sure that colors my opinions on all of these matters. ;) I have also spent much of the last few years doing trail work in the back country and lugging backpacks with 100+ lbs of rocks up and down mountains (I'm a geologist), so an extra...
  20. thechuck

    Looking for 28" cruiser axe

    I'd definitely look at the used market. For the price of a new Kelly, you could buy a very nice antique axe, with better steel - even a Kelly, if you want! I'd definitely stay away from the GB throwing axe. It is a terrible chopping axe. I've tried.
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