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    The Mini Hatchet

    Yikes, haven't updated this thread since last year. Flickr locking down free accounts put a damper on my posting here, sorry guys. Anyway I've started messing around with my Rinaldi Calabria Hand Axe again. All this thing needs is a better handle. And with a 12.8 oz head I think this thing is at...
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    MARBLES Camping Camp Axe #10

    The Marbles # 10 from my research is basically an imitation of the C.A.C. Damascus camp axe which was available with head sizes ranging from 1-2+ lbs if memory serves and handles from 16-24+ They had a normal eye and the distinct nail pull which Marbles took the liberty of copying along with...
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    Some fun destructive testing on an offset neck handle.

    I'm guessing the piece that popped out was overstrike damage connecting to a section of run-out? Just goes to show you how overblown the whole grain orientation is. Last handle I broke was "perfect".
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    Quality Hatchet Companies?

    Council Tools Sport Utility 14" Camp Hatchet. 1 lbs 6 oz head, 14" hickory handle, high centerline, eye ridges, Made in America.
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    The Mini Hatchet

    Rehandled a Gransfors Bruks Outdoor axe. The head weight was 11.3 oz for anyone interested and it was a royal pain to haft due to the eye shape. If I could do it again I'd take a file to the eye first. Gransfors Outdoor Axe Maple Handle by MJGEGB, on Flickr Gransfors Outdoor Axe eye by MJGEGB...
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    The Mini Hatchet

    For all my neglect this thread is still going strong, thanks for keeping it alive in my absence. In the meantime mini hatchet related happenings. Picked up an interesting head a while back a long while back. Belt Axe Bit Profile by MJGEGB, on Flickr Belt Axe Top by MJGEGB, on Flickr Belt...
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    Collins 1 1/4lb Camp Axe (New, not Vintage)

    I'm the same I use feel eyes and the almighty finger guages. I've only ever freehand sharpened so it didn't make sense to start using fancy tools now ;-) Around 24 seems to be the advised general use angle. You can always thin them out a bit more if you think you can get a bit more out of it.
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    Collins 1 1/4lb Camp Axe (New, not Vintage)

    I can also attest to the Harbor Freight hatchets being worth the time to sharpen and use. I picked up the fiberglass handled version for $8 and change without even a coupon. The edge didn't require much work at all with the profile work completed in minutes using just a file. Results after...
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    The Psychological Element (Fiskars vs Gerber)

    Just a thought the reviewer might have been referring to the other Gerber hatchet which is made of flat sheet metal. These I don't believe are made by Fiskars. Also new axe/hatchet users often have the misconsepmisc that thinner axes will chop better. This is simply because they do not...
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    West handles

    I'd posted these photos Mr. West Mr. sent me in another thread a while back. These were from the template creation process for some of the handles. You can see the NOS boys axe handle that one template was based on and a 28" full sized Elwell that another was based off of. I ha EA a nothing to...
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    Hatchet recommendation

    Yes a file is what I used to profile the bit on mine. I thinned it out quite a bit to get it to a point where I was happy with it. Mini Hatchet fire by MJGEGB, on Flickr It's light, sharp (now anyway), and perfectly capable within reason for it's size. Anything bigger likely wouldn't have...
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    Hatchet recommendation

    If you mean the Vaughan I should point out that they need a fair amount of sharpening when new. That is to say they come entirely blunt with nothing that resembles an edge. Also they are small, I love mine but admit they aren't for everyone.
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    Hatchet recommendation

    What sort of hiking are we taking about, day hiking, backpacking trips? What sort of elevation changes will you experience? Will the hatchet be used for trail maintenance, camp chores or something else? I think the X7 is honestly a pretty decent choice being compact, durable, light, and...
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    A tool for holding tools to sharpen

    Now that's neat, I just use a rope through a hole in my work bench.
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    On the Origin of Phantom Bevels

    Can't say I've seen a single example of them in this thread, nor the discussion of them or the creation of them. Rather it seems to be more so about the origins of the high centerline which we can presume inspired the phantom bevels of the original Kelly perfect and future axes to come. Can we...
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    On the Origin of Phantom Bevels

    So what do you know, this thread just popped up on BCUSA, click here. Where a pretty avid axe user does exactly what's described in this thread to a Connecticut with a worn toe.
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    West handles

    Like this? West Woods 18 VS GB SFA 2 by MJGEGB, on Flickr West Woods 18 Swell 2 by MJGEGB, on Flickr
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    Another-but slightly different chopper vs hatchet question

    I completely agree, about needing to learn to sharpen an axe. But that's a bit different than profiling generally speaking. The factory edge on my X7 had some minor rolls after chopping though a seasoned pecan knot covered in dirt. I took a stone to it and sharpened up the edge like you would...
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    Another-but slightly different chopper vs hatchet question

    The reason I recommend the Fiskars was because it comes sharp and ready for work. Some folks won't take the time to properly profile the other hatchets mentioned in this thread in order to work properly. For example this $8.47 gem from Harbor Freight. Harbor Freight camp axe side view by...
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    Another-but slightly different chopper vs hatchet question

    Honestly, go pick up a Fiskars X7 or 14" hatchet. Both are about the same, both are readily available at a number of stores, both are ready to go out of the box, and both will outchop the three tools mentioned in the OP. Oh and the 14" hatchet comes in tactical black to match the sp48 ;-)
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