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Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by richstag, Mar 13, 2013.
Locust has both great strength and elasticity. It would be a good choice.
Thank you! I actually have to take down some 40 year old locust fence posts soon. Would these be better than going and cutting live locust? Unfortunately I just split and burned all of my dried black locust. I feel like an idiot about that now.
At 40 years old there might still be good wood in those post. Locust is renowned for being weather resistant (like cedar). Only use them if you can get an large enough piece of completely sound wood. Otherwise go for a green piece. I like to rough out a handle blank while it's green and then let it dry for a month or two before finishing it. If you're in a reasonably dry climate it won't take long for a blank to dry. And some people are having success hanging axes on totally green wood.
Any axe with a stamp of letter or number is worth keeping
I should say as long as it doesn't say china or any other country that is not know for good axe
That is great to hear! the 48 is stamped into the side.
I think I am going to treat this one well and get it fixed up. If its decent that is good enough and its pretty cool it was my dad's for so many years.
Thanks guys, I just got back in town and busy, but I will post some updates as I get a chance and I am truly thankful for the help!
i really like the GRÄNSFORS BRUKS current double bit axe. Here is a short video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ytl-ctLI7WY
By the way, the axe heade of the GB Throwing axe and the GB doublebit Felling axe is exactly the same. Onyl difference on the Thrwoing axe is the shorter 29" handle, compared to the 35" handle of the Felling axe.
I recently have been in your similar situation with re hafting an axe for the first time and all that and I'll warn you after I did one I ended up doing 3 in one week. Its fun!
Its funny your looking for a double bit cause this weekend I found my first at a local flea market a double bit 4# Plumb and its my first double. Its lost some life on the one bit but it'll serve me well enough and for only $15.
For the double bit I just have to order a handle now.
good luck for your axe Project ... you will get a nice axe in the end
hey, i would consider GRANSFORS a thrower as well as a serious user in the forest...
just check this out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtL1ANGhSDY
I havn't used beech or locust, but I've made two or three out of maple and had great success. I actually have another Maple curing right now because this time of year the bark peels off like butter. Oak I imagine will work great for a handle as well.