How sharp is your ax, hatchet, ditch ax?

Discussion in 'Back to Basics' started by oil pan 4, Sep 4, 2017.

  1. Mine is a roots and rocks battle ax

    5 vote(s)
  2. Like a butter knife

    0 vote(s)
  3. I sharpen it with a grinder every few years

    2 vote(s)
  4. Try to keep it some what sharp

    1 vote(s)
  5. I like to keep mine pretty sharp

    11 vote(s)
  6. Sharpen it after every use, could fillet a fish

    4 vote(s)
  7. Could use it to give your kitty a close shave

    6 vote(s)
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  1. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+++

    Who the hell throws away axes and hatchets?
  2. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    A waste based society.
  3. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Obviously, Folks who do not have a Fireplace, or Wood Burner...
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  4. M118LR

    M118LR Caution: Does not play well with others.

    Oh come on guys, nothing is better than the next New Ax..... and if COMNAVKITCHENSINK requires you to lose an ax in the woods prior to expending Republic Credits on the next New Ax...... well so be it. LOL
  5. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    We call those Brair hooks
  6. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey

    I call 'em Time to Get a Gas Powered Tool.
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  7. apache235

    apache235 Monkey+++

    I'm going to have to try one as we have a bunch of brambles that need clearing but not so many that a $2K DR brush mower is called for, and it would be awesome for zombies.
  8. aardbewoner

    aardbewoner judge a human on how he act,not on look and talk.

    How sharp ? Need a shave ?
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  9. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Brewery Monkey Moderator

    I found this thread again as i lost a tree in a recent wind storm. Found that I had left some old gas in my chain saw and had to enlist the aid of a neighbor to take it down as it was leaning on my roof. I failed because I allowed my equipment fall into disrepair. I got me thinking about what i would need in an environment where there was no fuel availability. I have axes and hand saws, but I would need to have the ability and skills to maintain them. I have stones and files in my tool crib that I use for my axes, but nothing for my saws and, no idea what I would need for my hand saws with respect to sharpening. I then realized that the saws I have are insufficient for cutting through 14 to 18 inch timbers.

    These are what I need... Along with some quality Axes.


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  10. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+++

    Never let your swords tarnish.
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  11. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    Axes that are used next to the ground digging I have welded hard facing and I rarely have to dress it . it's too hard to use a file ,it must be ground either a bench grinder or disk grinder . but its rare.
    Axes that are strictly used for wood and will likely need dressing in the field can't be that way and must vibe soft enough to be filed and dressed with a stone .
    Sharpening large heavy hacking blades is something you do when your board and all the other chores are done .
    Knives used for processing food are a priority , those used for carving are sharpened while carving .
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