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Discussion in 'Hand Helds' started by bryanr2, Dec 27, 2015.

  1. RI Chevy

    RI Chevy Stihl Runner

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    I got my Gransfors Bruk Splitting Ax in today. I was a bit nervous when I ordered it, but I must admit, I am impressed with it. For its size, it hits very hard. Very nice high quality tool. I could swing this all day long.
    I did a real quick comparison with my Fiskars X27. They both hit hard with fast swing speed. I think the X27 hits a bit harder due to the longer handle. But, the GB may be a bit easier to control.
    When I get some good equal rounds I will do a video of them.
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  2. junkman

    junkman Crush it

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    Nice ,i love the hand forged steel look .
     
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    NZsawyer Well-Known OPE Member

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    Those gbs are niiiice. Here's my hytest after vinegar and then after blueing
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  4. RI Chevy

    RI Chevy Stihl Runner

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    Nice. That head is huge!
     
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    NZsawyer Well-Known OPE Member

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    Thanks. It's a pretty solid 4 1/2lbs. Was my grandads ol axe. Don't know much about hytest axes apart from they were made in Australia
     
  6. RI Chevy

    RI Chevy Stihl Runner

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    I never knew that there were this many axe manufacturers out there.
    This is one of my favorite threads. Just cant find any of the good stuff up here in the northeast.
     
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    Nice blueing how did you do it?
    Thanks. I need to blue some myself.
     
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    NZsawyer Well-Known OPE Member

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    So many different axe manufacturers and so many variations within manufacturers too! @Likesaws I used birchwood Casey permablue. Just keep adding more coats till it's how you like it then I gave it a bit of gun oil to finish
     
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    ajschainsaws Old enough to know better too old too care

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    Super nice axe yeah traditional look can’t wait for some splitting pictures
     
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    ajschainsaws Old enough to know better too old too care

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    Same here there’s been so many makers over the years I like these unbranded blacksmith forged tools , there’ll be morecome out the woodwork

    There are some weird and wonderful axes in western mainland Europe
    I’ve had a few but none a few years
     
  11. XP_Slinger

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    Finally getting to work on my little Plumb double bit. Gonna make a new 18” handle for it and use it as a camp axe. This little bugger had a 36” handle on it.
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    ajschainsaws Old enough to know better too old too care

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    That’s sweet what weight 2lb
     
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    I believe so, haven’t put it on a scale yet.
     
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    Got the axe done today. Wasn’t able to sand all the pits out because I would’ve lost the stamp. Pits add character anyway. Used cold blue to get this finish, pretty happy with how it looks. My bluegrass axe cleaned up nicely after a 2 day soak in vinegar also. Next stop...handles.
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    Went to the local flea market in search of vintage draw knives. Came home with this 1946 Sager Chemical axe in addition to the two draw knives I found.
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    I am still searching for the right stick of wood so I can do a good video comparison. But for now, just a quick video with my new Gransfors Bruk Splitting Axe. I am really liking this new splitting axe. It really hits hard. The verdict is still out on the handle length. I prefer a 36" handle. But all in all, this axe is a really nice high quality tool. My ultimate Splitting Axe would be this Gransfors Bruk design, but about a half pound heavier mounted on a 36" handle. The extra weight with extra handle length would make this the ultimate hand splitting tool.
    I think the 5.5lb splitting maul is a bit too heavy.
     
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    looks like it hits like a hatchet, I'll PM you my address;):D
     
  18. RI Chevy

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    The video doesn't really do it justice. It's a great design! That wood was red oak and about 16" diameter.
     
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    I bet it swings and hits great. I'm just jealous becuase I can't afford them fancy axes right now.
     
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    I just did a tree job where I made the money. I immediately reinvested it back to the obsession. Lol
    They are pricey, but worth every penny.
     
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