Longest handle?

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  1. olymon

    olymon

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    Apr 27, 2017
    I saw a picture today of a group of guys siting by a huge sequoia tree they were working on. Two of the guys had axes that had handles that had to be about 50" long. The axe heads were probably 7" or more at the cutting edge. It would be fun to sink one of those in a tree, but maybe not all day long.
     
  2. phantomknives

    phantomknives

    Mar 31, 2016
    well, pugets had 40" handles normally due to a balance scale, 3 on a 32, 3.5 on a 36 and 4 on a 40. that mighta been a really heavy axe that deserved such a handle
     
  3. jblyttle

    jblyttle

    Sep 3, 2014
    Probably pretty whippy too.
     
  4. garry3

    garry3

    Sep 11, 2012
    It's because they had to reach the center of the tree off a spring board. I have seen the vintage Puget sound patterns on them long hafts.
    Last I knew Beaver tooth offered a 40".
     
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  5. Kevin Houtzager

    Kevin Houtzager

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  6. olymon

    olymon

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    Apr 27, 2017
    I think they were pictured sitting on the spring boards. That would have been a seriously long day and weeks to cut it. The tree was over 8 guys wide siting side by side.
     
  7. BG_Farmer

    BG_Farmer

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    Mar 13, 2014
    That was the now discontinued Wetterlings Excessively Large Forest Axe (ELFA). Bad grain orientation on some of those spoiled sales, and folks figured out they could do the same things with a large knife, which was more packable.

    Seriously, I suspect there were some handles even longer in some cases, but obviously that is not very usable or useful in most cases.
     
  8. Old Axeman

    Old Axeman Basic Member Basic Member

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    Jan 10, 2015
    42" was a common length for a Puget. My grandfathers Puget had a 42" haft. Most of the Pugets I owned had 42, some did have 36. Before Mr. Link died, the longest haft in the O.P. Link catalog that would fit a Puget was 42"
     
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  9. garry3

    garry3

    Sep 11, 2012
    Did your father use that Puget in Idaho or Montana?
     
  10. Ugaldie

    Ugaldie

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    Feb 27, 2013
    I know some long ones like that one at 00:28,



    But I think the actual longest ones are in the hands of Bihurri,

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  11. Kevin Houtzager

    Kevin Houtzager

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  12. olymon

    olymon

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    Apr 27, 2017
    That is pretty cool to see it in action!
     
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  13. Ugaldie

    Ugaldie

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    Feb 27, 2013
    Thank you @Kevin Houtzager. Bihurri owns five world records cutting big logs, I don't know anyone who has cut an equal or bigger log than the biggest Bihurri has cut.

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    Here you have some information,

    "
    Ernesto Ezpeleta “Bihurri”. Axeman specialized in big perimeter wood-chopping.

    • Axe-cutting: a trunk of 5 m of perimeter in 3 hours 7m 48s – 4.797 strokes – World Record
    • Axe-cutting: a trunk of 2.52 m of perimeter with only one hand in 22 m 21 s – World Record
    • Axe-cutting: a trunk of 3 m of perimeter with only one hand in 1 h, 38 m 39 s – 3.163 axe strokes World Record
    • Axe-cutting: a trunk of 3,10 m of perimeter with only one hand in 1 h, 39 m 45 s – 3.850 axe strokes World Record
    • Axe-cutting: a trunk of 3,40 m of perimeter with only one hand in 2 h, 09 m 35 s – 2nd november 2013World Record
    • Axe-cutting: a trunk of 4.20 m of perimeter in 2h 22m 45s
    • Axe-cutting: a trunk of 3.50 m of perimeter in 50m 20s (Elgoibar 2008-12-26)"
    Taking in account the diameter of the biggest log he has cut is 1,6 meters I calculate he will own at least one axe with at least 1,8 meters (70,8 inches) handle.

    For more information,

    http://www.bihurri.com/en/bihurri/
     
  14. Old Axeman

    Old Axeman Basic Member Basic Member

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    Jan 10, 2015
    My grandfather used his 42" Puget Sound in Montana, Oregon, and Wisconsin
     
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  15. Moonw

    Moonw

    Nov 19, 2014
    Do you happen to know whether these are beech as well?
     
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  16. Ugaldie

    Ugaldie

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    Feb 27, 2013
    Yes, they are beech
     
  17. Ugaldie

    Ugaldie

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    Feb 27, 2013
    By the way Bihurri makes exibitions, if you want to see an axeman working with a so long axe or any other rural sport with your own eyes you can contact him here,

    http://www.bihurri.com/en
     
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  18. Kevin Houtzager

    Kevin Houtzager

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  19. Ugaldie

    Ugaldie

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    Feb 27, 2013
    Yes Kevin, he is a specialist in that kind of works. Here you have him cutting a 3 meters in perimeter beech log with only one hand, as I shared before it took him 1 hour 38 minutes 39 seconds and 3163 swings

     
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  20. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

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    Mar 8, 2011
    That's so cool, looking forward to one of these days getting up there to see some of this stuff with my own eyes :thumbsup::)
     
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