The Mini Hatchet

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by Hacked, Sep 15, 2015.

  1. Beachlogger

    Beachlogger

    251
    Dec 27, 2015
    That little hunters hatchet doesn't have too many sharpening befor your into the bevels
     
  2. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    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. :)
     
  3. jblyttle

    jblyttle

    Sep 3, 2014
  4. Square_peg

    Square_peg Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Cool!

    Is it an overlay? Can we see a top down photo?
     
  5. the possum

    the possum

    Jul 31, 2002
    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?
     
  6. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
  7. muleman77

    muleman77

    508
    Jan 24, 2015
    Id like to see a top down too. I can pretty much tell I like it from the side pic though.
    Very nice!
     
  8. jblyttle

    jblyttle

    Sep 3, 2014
    Yes, nice overcoat bit. Sorry, it's already packed and in the mail.
     
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  9. b2edhmep

    b2edhmep

    153
    Apr 1, 2010
    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.[im[​IMG]g]https://i.imgur.com/HvWHmRK.jpg[/img]
     
  10. Square_peg

    Square_peg Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    That's a sweet little hatchet.
     
  11. b2edhmep

    b2edhmep

    153
    Apr 1, 2010
    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.
     
  12. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Looks like postimage doesn't work that well for long term hosting, so I'll have to reupload my picture.
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  13. Fmont

    Fmont

    985
    Apr 20, 2017
    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) :D 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 2ยข on the matter.
     
  14. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

    745
    Mar 8, 2011
    Here's a round up of my little'uns.

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  15. Square_peg

    Square_peg Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    I like how you swept the haft of the top one to present the bit better.
     
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  16. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

    745
    Mar 8, 2011
    It's a bit better to present the bit better....... ;)
    :rolleyes:

    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.
     
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  17. Square_peg

    Square_peg Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    It would have been a very closed hang on a straight haft.
     
  18. Hacked

    Hacked

    947
    Jun 1, 2010
  19. Hacked

    Hacked

    947
    Jun 1, 2010
    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.

    [​IMG]Gransfors Outdoor Axe Maple Handle by MJGEGB, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Gransfors Outdoor Axe eye by MJGEGB, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Gransfors Outdoor Axe eye Light by MJGEGB, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Hatchets GB Outdoor by MJGEGB, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Side One Start by MJGEGB, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Side One Midway by MJGEGB, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Spokeshave by MJGEGB, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Minis! by MJGEGB, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Mini Profiles by MJGEGB, on Flickr

    [​IMG]GB Outdoor 6 by MJGEGB, on Flickr

    [​IMG]GB Outdoor 5 by MJGEGB, on Flickr

    [​IMG]GB Outdoor 4 by MJGEGB, on Flickr

    [​IMG]GB Outdoor Axe Maple Handle 2 by MJGEGB, on Flickr

    [​IMG]GB Outdoor Axe Maple Handle 1 by MJGEGB, on Flickr

    [​IMG]GB Outdoor Axe handle 1 by MJGEGB, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Outdoor X 10 by MJGEGB, on Flickr

    The Vaughan mini that started it all sumited a few more mountains with me

    [​IMG]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 ;)
     
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  20. Hacked

    Hacked

    947
    Jun 1, 2010


    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.
     
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