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What's bigger than a felling axe?

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by WayTooSharp, Oct 29, 2014.

  1. WayTooSharp


    Aug 18, 2014
    And does anyone make a good one at the quality level of GFB?
  2. Jbmass


    Mar 2, 2014
    Bigger than a GFB AMERICAN felling axe? By wieght or size? Size wise, I've seen Kelly in Connecticut pattern that are bigger. I've also seen a Council Railroad axe in Jersey pattern that's heavier and bigger, but they don't make it anymore. Racing axes are obviously bigger, but they are not meant for hard woods. Double your budget for those........
  3. lmalterna

    lmalterna Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 12, 2002
    I have several old American vintage felling patterns over 4lbs and one over 5lbs. Hewing axes are usually quite heavy.

    Bigger in bit size?- yes, Jerseys and Connecticuts are 5" or better.

  4. Square_peg


    Feb 1, 2012
    FortyTwoBlades recently started a thread about Adler axes from Germany. I was able to find an English version of their catalog online. They make American pattern axes up to 7 lbs from either C45 or C60 steel. Such a big C60 axe would be an impressive tool, IMO.


    Other than that there are a few masting axes still floating around from a century ago. It's not uncommon for one of those to run 6-8 pounds.
  5. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    Yup! I plan on getting some of the big ones in. What's bigger than a felling axe? A bigger felling axe! :D
  6. WayTooSharp


    Aug 18, 2014
    Wow 7 lbs would be a beast. They don't seem to have a website.
  7. garry3


    Sep 11, 2012
    Vintage felling axes go to six pounds as far as I know. Bigger is always better.
  8. Bridger


    May 20, 2009
    They make racing axes for hardwoods.
  9. Zymologist

    Zymologist Gold Member Gold Member

    May 21, 2012
    I tried finding a website to look at some of their products with no luck. Can you point me in the right direction?
  10. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010

    Check out the "Producte" and "Katalog" pages (the "Catalogue" download is in English):
  11. WayTooSharp


    Aug 18, 2014
    Cool :) Sure is ugly compared to a GFB though.
  12. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    A good deal cheaper and well made. They just have a fully ground finish rather than that pretty as-forged scale. On a related note, the forged finish on Rinaldi's axes and billhooks is dead sexy. I think their forging dies are mirror polished because their finish is smoooooooooth.
  13. SC T100

    SC T100

    Apr 2, 2014
    Council Tool still makes Dayton single-bits up to 6 pounds or so as well. I have an older 5-pounder I rescued and it's a big beast.
  14. gunscrounger

    gunscrounger Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Feb 13, 2005
    A brute of an axe, Agdor still makes the Arvika 5-Star racing pattern axe with a 4.5-lb head (SKU HU-AG-840511). It's a handful. I have one and it's a nicely made piece. Excellent hickory, and forged tool steel head, fitted nicely. To get the best out of it you'll do a little profile work on the edge but it's good as-is if just sharpening it. I got mine from Big Bear Tools in Canada, about $120 to my door (Illinois). Like the top one in the pic but newer ones do not have the red painted haft.

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    Last edited: Nov 4, 2014
  15. WayTooSharp


    Aug 18, 2014
    Those look good. So glossy :)
  16. gunscrounger

    gunscrounger Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Feb 13, 2005
    To clear up, those two are unused and the flash reflection is bright. The Hytest racing axe from mid 70's. The Arvika, earlier, maybe 60's I believe. The new Arvika I mentioned is not pictured but is same as old, without red paint.
  17. radicat


    Dec 8, 2006
    Check out this racing axe manufacturer. The pdf page explaining their available grinds is interesting. I have a Rinaldi on the way from Baronyx. Couldn't resist that wide edge. It will be my first large import. I have about 40 American-made large vintage axes in my collection. I have a 7 lb brute single edge axe. It's fun to use for sure. http://www.tuatahiaxes.com/
  18. Ugaldie

    Ugaldie Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2013

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