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Discussion in 'Edged Tools' started by seanyfaetheshire, Jan 11, 2020.

  1. seanyfaetheshire

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    Can anyone recommend a decent axe that doesn't cost the world I bought a cheap one and it isn't worth taking with me

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  2. crosslandkelly

    crosslandkelly A somewhat settled

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    What kind of axe do you need? Have a look Hultafors or Husqvarna axes, great quality that wont break the bank.
     
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    crosslandkelly A somewhat settled

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    Oh yeah, welcome to the forum.
     
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  4. seanyfaetheshire

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    just an allround camping axe, got a folding gerber saw, so for splitting mostly bit good to have options i suppose

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  5. Snufkin

    Snufkin Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Check out Prandi, the edge will need work but the steel is decent.
     
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    Snufkin Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Nativewood Full Member

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    Grab an old English Kent pattern and pop a new handle on if it needs it. I've done quite a few now and none have ever let me down. Regrinding can be done by hand with files before moving onto wet and dry.
     
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  8. Janne

    Janne M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    +1 on old.
    If you want new, Hultafors is like Gränsfors, but without the price tag and artisan marks.
    If you do not mind a composite handle, Finnish Fiskars are very good.

    Remember, a quality axe might cost a little bit more than a cheap Asian one, but will last you a couple of life times. At least!

    Buy cheap, buy twice!
     
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    Zingmo Eardstapa

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    Check out the Husqvarna forest axe. Plenty of reviews online. You can pick them up for under £35.

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    Janne M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    Those are made by Hults Bruk / Hultafors Group AB
     
  11. seanyfaetheshire

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    excellent guys thanks. some food for thought, hadnt even thought about refurbishing an old blade from ebay, quite like the idea of making a labour of love and re shafting it

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    chimpy leon Full Member

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    +1 for the husqvarna forest axe. It’s a bit of an underrated gem.
     
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    dwardo Maker

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    Looks near to my GB Scandi forest but for a 1/4 of the price.
    I don't need another axe.
    i really don't.
     
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    Janne M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    I think you should visit a bootfair, nothing beats inspecting the goods with your own eyes!
     
  15. seanyfaetheshire

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    I've been desperate to get out and do some cold weather camping I really do need a decent axe though but every time I've been ready to go out out there's been a weather warning for wind and rain I like the looks11 of the Husqvarna Forest axe

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    Robson Valley Full Member

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    seanfaetheshire: your post reads like you need a couple more tarps to block the wind and the rain.
    Things can't get too bad after that. Get the stove on = hot food and drink.

    I take far more pride in my ability to sharpen just about anything than what brands I might buy.
    I grow grapes and some apples so there's a lot of spring pruning. Just about all my equipment is Fiskars.
    If/when I need a light axe (2.25lbs) and a heavy axe (3.5lbs), I suppose I'll look at Fiskars first, see what they have.
     
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    Another vote for the Husqvarna axe - and its little brother, the hatchet. Both are superb tools, particularly the hatchet. You might need to do a little work on the edge but, for the money, you cannot do better.
     
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  18. seanyfaetheshire

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    dunno man its a bit mental lol, mabye ill build up to it[​IMG]

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    gra_farmer Forager

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    I bought a gransfors carpenter axe around the £70 (new) and love it, but another recent purchase was the robin wood axe and it handles much better in detail carving https://wood-tools.co.uk/tools/the-robin-wood-axe/ it cost £39 and in stock at the moment.....so be quick as they go fast, plus they have a good offer with the leather cover
     
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    HillBill Bushcrafter through and through

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