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Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by Hacked, Sep 15, 2015.
That little hunters hatchet doesn't have too many sharpening befor your into the bevels
Rinaldi's steel is a trade secret, but the limited composition info they were willing to divulge to me indicates that it's basically a modified spring steel with added carbon. It's a full-blown high carbon steel rather than the typical medium-carbon of common spring steels, but otherwise formulated like a spring steel. They run it at 58 RC so they're good and hard in the bit. The nice thing about slip-fit handles is that you can easily remove a broken handle in the field, and use multiple handles of different lengths on the same head. No wedging is needed, so if field fashioning a handle you don't need a saw or take the risk of splitting your "kerf" instead, and if the head ever loosens you just drive it further into the eye. And if you decide you do want to wedge-fit it, it's still possible to do so. It's just a little more finicky in the fitting than eyes designed exclusively for wedge-fitting, and in Italy it's common to find heads hafted in either style.
This is a neat one, 13.5oz. Hurds Razor Blade.
IMG_20180607_193822 by Justin Lyttle, on Flickr
IMG_20180607_193829 by Justin Lyttle, on Flickr
Is it an overlay? Can we see a top down photo?
Yeah, let's see a photo of the eye & edge geometry, if you can.
Will this one be for sale, or are ya keeping it?
Id like to see a top down too. I can pretty much tell I like it from the side pic though.
Yes, nice overcoat bit. Sorry, it's already packed and in the mail.
This is a small belt axe made by a friend of mine. It's patterned after the Ft. Miegs or Kentucky belt axe circa 1760 to 1820. The handle w/blade is 12" long and the head is 4 1/2" long by 1 1/2" tall.[img]https://i.imgur.com/HvWHmRK.jpg[/img]
That's a sweet little hatchet.
Thanks, I think he did a great job on it. It was the first hatchet blade he made. I got the handle from a hardware store and whittled it down to fit. It will see a lot of use come hunting season.
Looks like postimage doesn't work that well for long term hosting, so I'll have to reupload my picture.
I have a GB outdoor axe, it's my only GB. It's a really impressive little thing. Not worth the price, a definite luxury item. But I think the utility of the form factor is exactly as ol' Horace's notes on the matter. It's super freaking handy, and extraordinarily capable for its size. The metal collar aids in splitting wider pieces than it otherwise would, but I don't know how to rehang it (yet) Hopefully time will never come, it's got a gorgeous heartwood haft. And I'll be moving to some American steel as soon as I find something that tickles the same spot.
It's probably a piece that's been mentioned in this thread, but that's my 2¢ on the matter.
Here's a round up of my little'uns.
I like how you swept the haft of the top one to present the bit better.
It's a bit better to present the bit better.......
Thank you, it's such a long handle at 19" it was better tilted a little, I like slip-fit heads tilted as I think it helps to keep them tight.
It would have been a very closed hang on a straight haft.
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 Axe Bottom by MJGEGB, on Flickr
Belt Axe side B by MJGEGB, on Flickr
Belt Axe side A by MJGEGB, on Flickr
Belt Axe Profile 1 by MJGEGB, on Flickr
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, on Flickr
Gransfors Outdoor Axe eye Light by MJGEGB, on Flickr
Hatchets GB Outdoor by MJGEGB, on Flickr
Side One Start by MJGEGB, on Flickr
Side One Midway by MJGEGB, on Flickr
Spokeshave by MJGEGB, on Flickr
Minis! by MJGEGB, on Flickr
Mini Profiles by MJGEGB, on Flickr
GB Outdoor 6 by MJGEGB, on Flickr
GB Outdoor 5 by MJGEGB, on Flickr
GB Outdoor 4 by MJGEGB, on Flickr
GB Outdoor Axe Maple Handle 2 by MJGEGB, on Flickr
GB Outdoor Axe Maple Handle 1 by MJGEGB, on Flickr
GB Outdoor Axe handle 1 by MJGEGB, on Flickr
Outdoor X 10 by MJGEGB, on Flickr
The Vaughan mini that started it all sumited a few more mountains with me
Three Ridges Loop Overnighter by MJGEGB, on Flickr
And last but not least I finally pulled the trigger on a Rinaldi Calabria hand axe. So @FortyTwoBlades if you noticed an order for one that just came in that one will end up in this thread
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 the top end of what would be considered a mini hatchet/hawk.