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Bored and playing with an axe.

Postby Stykshooter » Wed Dec 02, 2015 12:30 pm

We are on our third day of pouring down rain and I am stuck inside. A little bored so decided to work on a project that I have been thinking about for awhile.

This Trail Boss has been a constant companion in my truck for ten years now. Not the best axe in the world but has definitely extracted me from several situations over the years. I like it and it will do until I justify the expense of my Gransfor Bruk small forest axe.

I got tired of the inner tube, rubber band edge protector that is had been riding around in so I whipped up something a little more classy. Made this out of 13 ounce heavy saddle skirting and I put a welt in it like a knife sheath. I try to keep this one shaving sharp and that heavy leather and welt should keep it from chewing its way out of its muzzle.

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I have seen a guy shave with an axe in a movie once, but discounted it as just movie lore. An Axe is made of different steels and goes through a different tempering process than a knife. Made for chopping, not cutting.

Well, it being a rainy, nasty day today I decided to conduct a little experiment. My own little version of Mythbusters. My Cold Steel Trail Boss has been used a lot over the years. I try and take care of it but it still gets the occasional nick or chip in the blade. I set down with a file today and spent some time taking out every little nick and putting on a consistent 25 degree bevel on the edge. Then I used a hard Arkansas stone on it. I wish I had taken before photos. Although it was sharp and would chop well, the edge was kind of a mess.

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Took me about 50 minutes total to get it where it would easily slice through paper. I put it on a leather strop for a few minutes and it will definitely shave hair on your arm now.

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Re: Bored and playing with an axe.

Postby BEN MAHER » Wed Dec 02, 2015 1:47 pm

Great title for a thread ...
Sounded like a Hybrid Chainsaw massacre and Lord of the Rings movie night ... :lol:

I have a bit of a thing for anything sharp , and a Grunsfors lives in my Car in my kit ... I find sharpening a tedious job at best and could never sharpen my axe properly and always get someone to do it for me . Wood chopping as a sport has a bit of heritage around here and people scoff at my inability to get the things sharp ... Then watched ny neighbour do his with a file , smaller files, 10 minutes on the stone .... Then stropped it. This all took maybe 20 minutes.
He then watched while I did mine . Maybe because I wasn't checking the edge every 7 seconds ... Dunno ... But faaarrrkk it was sharp afterwards. I mean scary sharp.

Of course, haven't had to use it since :(

This old fella was competitive for many years in wood chopping and for him to get his axes competitive sharp would take him weeks per axe ........
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Re: Bored and playing with an axe.

Postby bearauto11 » Wed Dec 02, 2015 11:30 pm

That's cool.
Any of you guys use the Marble's Safety Axe?
If had one laying around for a long time and have often considered throwing it in the truck, but I always thought it looked delicate and kind of like a gimmick. Now you got me wondering if it might be any good.
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