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MVP
04-19-2010, 16:04
I used/owned a few of these over the years and highly recommend them.

http://www.gransfors.us/axes.html

MVP

Bill Harsey
04-21-2010, 17:34
MVP,
No doubt about it, Gransfors makes a range of very good axes that have served many well for a very long time.

Mel Lentz just left the shop and I remembered this thread. Mel gave me an update on what Tuatahi is doing, check out the you tube here of a Tuatahi being tested: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHadyZiXifc

Edited to add: check out the safety shoes.

Bill Harsey
04-21-2010, 20:54
Understanding many here have experience breaking stuff faster... the hits with the axe in the vid are not bad.

There will be a test. :cool:

jatx
04-21-2010, 21:05
Edited to add: check out the safety shoes.

:eek:

Bill Harsey
04-21-2010, 21:24
:eek:

Jatx,
Same thought I had.

For all the "new" folks, see if you can find Mel Lentz's name here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STIHL_Timbersports_Series

Mel's Grandfather Ben Lentz was the reason the All Around prize in Timber Sports originated. I knew Mel's father, Mervin over many years and was honored to have met Merv's dad Ben when I was about 14 years old.

Melvin has been a longtime friend and one of the very best all around Timber sports Champions that has ever participated in the timber sports series...
just another Oregon boy. :D

MVP, Sorry, this is what happens if you write the word "axe" here.

DJ Urbanovsky
04-22-2010, 15:36
That's crazy.




Edited to add: check out the safety shoes.

MVP
04-23-2010, 09:18
BH,

No problem. I happen to really like axes, they were just not acceptable in the old recon missions, too loud, better to use a small saw if required. As a weapon pretty limited in use but when you need to chop...

The only GF axe I've got at the moment is the small hunter's version, not good for pounding but could be a good large size tomahawk. Used it on several Roe deer to assist in skinning and one Hirsch (read elk or stag if you are not familiar with German game) to good effect.

MVP

Razor
04-23-2010, 11:33
Some of those cuts were just a little too close for comfort. :eek:

I do like the 'toolbox' in the background. What was that saying, "...if your only tool is a hammer...". :D

DJ Urbanovsky
04-24-2010, 13:53
Question for you Bill: The more I look at those Tuatahi racing axes, the more drooly I get. Would it be correct to assume that if those are good enough for the rigors of Timbersports, they'd be good enough for general wood cutting/splitting chores?

pyreaux
04-24-2010, 21:54
The website also has a section for working axes, http://www.tuatahiaxes.com/workaxes.html

DJ Urbanovsky
04-25-2010, 12:42
Yup, I saw that already.

The website also has a section for working axes, http://www.tuatahiaxes.com/workaxes.html

S.Gossman
05-05-2010, 18:20
My absolute favorite axe is the Wetterlings forest axe with a 31" handle.
Scott

Bill Harsey
05-05-2010, 20:03
Question for you Bill: The more I look at those Tuatahi racing axes, the more drooly I get. Would it be correct to assume that if those are good enough for the rigors of Timbersports, they'd be good enough for general wood cutting/splitting chores?

The racing axe as we know it now is based on the working axe from Australia that has been used for over 100 years. The single bit axe for falling trees never quite caught on here in the states but many of the Australian axes used to be made in the USA and sent down under.

To answer your question, they would work but are simply too sharp to hold up to woods work. The racing axe has a very acute edge area with included angles between 12 and 17 degrees.

I have seen racing axes that have done their work in competition finish their life in the woods. The transition is made when they have been sharpened enough times to no longer cut deep enough, fast enough.

DJ Urbanovsky
05-07-2010, 12:41
Thanks for the info, Bill.

crash
05-07-2010, 12:47
Has anyone used those resuce axes? I think some units got issued them?
Good/bad, waste of space?

SF-TX
05-07-2010, 17:32
Do any of you have experience with axes made by Council Tool? Thoughts? They are located in Lake Waccamaw, NC. Here is an axe I am considering purchasing:

http://www.counciltool.com/product.asp?pg=product&item=35JC36C

It's not as sexy as some of the previously mentioned axes, but is also not as pricey.