Choosing An Axe And Splitting Wood (Ray Mears)

Discussion in 'Bushcraft' started by Brokor, Jul 27, 2012.


  1. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member



    Always return to the basics. Thanks Ray!
     
  2. Excellent video on axes! I prefer the medium sizes myself. That is why I also love my Rifleman Tomahawk.
     
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  3. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    I have adopted the size of the Coldsteel Trail Boss as my size...closer to the large than the medium, but not quite the size of the large in Ray's video.
    Specs:
    Cold Steel trail boss axe is 23" overall with 6 1/2" 1055 high carbon steel axe head that has a 4 1/2" cutting edge.

    The trail boss axe has a genuine hickory axe handle, weighs 41 1/2 oz




    Only downside: No sheath. I reckon I can fashion one some day.
    cold1tb.
     
  4. Nice axe! My axes are 12" and 18". No sheath for my 12" though. Need to make one also.
     
  5. My CS RM's Hawk
    Rifleman's Hawk
    Specifications:
    Overall Length: 22"
    Hawk Length: 8 1/8"
    Weight: 36.5 oz (approx.)
    Primary Edge: 3 1/2"
    American Hickory Handle
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  7. RightHand

    RightHand Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

    Mine did a wonderful job of cutting my thumb off a couple of years ago so I can vouch for their efficiency
     
  8. Gator 45/70

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    Ouch !!!
     
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  9. Silversnake

    Silversnake Silverback

    This is why we need an "Unlike" button
     
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  10. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    My axe I take hiking with me most of the season:

    estwing.

    I couldn't imagine carrying a larger Estwing, though. That 26" Gator posted must be a tank.
     
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  11. Wow! Now that's a life-lesson for us...
     
  12. SWEET AXE!
     
  13. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Indeed it is. My local hardware store had it for just under $30. One of the best purchases I ever made.
     
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  14. Gator 45/70

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    I like to reach out and touch the local ''congo's'' ...Distance is your friend...
     
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  16. Brokor

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  17. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Nice job as always !
     
  18. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    DSC00379.JPG DSC00378.JPG Here are some close up photos of the Cold Steel Trail Boss Axe I completed. The finish of the patina on the steel is especially nice.
     
  19. Aeason

    Aeason Monkey

    Fiskars are my pick of axes and splitters, I use an ax quite a bit and found fiskars the best I have ever used. Price is high but it is worth it for me.
     
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