Show us your axe!

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MNSHIELD
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Show us your axe!

Post by MNSHIELD » August 25th, 2021, 2:31 pm

Time to resurrect an older great post. The saw and axe are like peanut butter and jelly!

This axe has been my primary workhorse the last two seasons. I am a sucker for the Jersey patterns.

Kelly Woodslasher 3.5 lb an a 32" link handle. 25° edge. Thinned cheeks
Paired up with a cut down #324

I am starting to lean toward patterns that have a shorter cutting edge in the hard wood we have here.

I have more to share!

Let see what you use!

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Re: Show us your axe!

Post by PATCsawyer » August 26th, 2021, 4:37 am

So many axes, so many saws, they are all my favorites.

4lb. Rixford with Atkins 390.

4.5lb.Kelly Perfect, heavy but authoritative.

Simonds 503 with 3lb. Plumb National in supporting role.

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Re: Show us your axe!

Post by MNSHIELD » August 26th, 2021, 11:19 am

Those are some nice teams! I have been getting curious about those 4 pounder!

Another of my favorites!

Kelly champion 3.5lb on a vintage 32" handle. No idea why the 342 was welded on it.

USFS like new Disston Virginian.
That is a beautiful saw!
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Re: Show us your axe!

Post by DucksinOR » August 26th, 2021, 5:41 pm

I currently only have two axes that are hung.

A Plumb 4.5lb Jersey-ish pattern on a 36" House Handle. Do you think it is a Jersey pattern? I rescued this axe head from a scrap pile and it is a really nice axe.
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An unmarked 4lb Peeling pattern on a 36" vintage Lapierre Sawyer Handle Co Green & White handle. The axe came with the handle and I was able to reuse it.
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I also have a 2 lb-is head that needs a handle and a number of more woodworking hatchets.

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Re: Show us your axe!

Post by sumnergeo » August 29th, 2021, 3:07 pm

We've been using a lighter weight Fiskars to bark and pound wedges for the past three years. Does the job and lots lighter than the 3 1/2 pound Plumb we used for years. Pair with 5-ft to 6-ft Simonds No. 13 or 324 and various D-handles.

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Re: Show us your axe!

Post by MNSHIELD » August 31st, 2021, 4:05 pm

DucksinOR ,

I think that is a Jersey style even though the lugs are rounded. Jersey seams to be a catch all for axe heads with lugs. They're several specific patter names that also have lugs, all with a little different head shape.

If anyone elts has some insite please chime in.

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Re: Show us your axe!

Post by MNSHIELD » August 31st, 2021, 4:11 pm

Sumnergeo,
I can see how the fiskars are are nice and those handles are bomb proof!

I have the splitting face Gerber and have split alot ( maybe 100+-) cords of wood with it. In oak to pine and the handle is as good as new. If it ever breaks I will by a new one the same day.

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Re: Show us your axe!

Post by sumnergeo » September 3rd, 2021, 1:46 pm

I have a number of cool old axes that would be the same vintage as the saws we use but we often have multi-day backpacks to clear a trail system and it makes sense to save some weight, hence the Fiskars.

It brought to mind the tread tools we used then and that we use now. Twenty years ago there were pulaskis and there were macleods. Now the pulaskis sit in the shed and we use Rogue hoes and macleods and if needed a pick-mattock.

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Post by ChiricahuaZac » September 12th, 2021, 2:34 pm

My two favorites, pictured after I restored them. Belknap Bluegrass on the left, Plumb (liberty ?) on the right. Both are about 3.5 lb heads.
I made the handle on the Belknap, and use it the most. The Belknap is nothing special in terms of brand and history, but I’m happy with how it turned out, considering I only spent $8 on the head. I also don’t worry about letting others use it.
I am a little more protective of the Plumb, and thus it doesn’t get as much play time. Like the Belknap I did a fair amount of clean up to make it look this nice. I got it with an original handle but I had to rehang it to get it set right.
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