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Forum topic by TheWoodenOyster posted 12-05-2015 03:08 PM 567 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-05-2015 03:08 PM

Hey guys,

I once again turn to my fellow LJs for some tools advice. I need to ask for a good all purpose ax for Christmas. I live down in Texas, so I don’t split a billion cords of firewood every year or anything, but right now I don’t even have an ax. I will be using it for lots of general work such as splitting, chopping small limbs, etc. Anyone have good experience with a product? I am looking for a $50ish dollar ax but could probably go a little more expensive. Unfortunately John Neeman and Gransfors are probably out of the question. I realize this is sort of on the fringe of woodworking, but as an excuse, I have been thinking a lot more about green woodworking…


-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#1 posted 12-05-2015 03:51 PM

Look at Fiskars.


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#2 posted 12-05-2015 04:35 PM

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#3 posted 12-05-2015 04:48 PM

Shoot a PM to Walden on here. I think he has a bunch of axes and would probably know his stuff.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#4 posted 12-05-2015 05:59 PM

If you watch Wranglerstar’s videos he recommended an axe in the price range that he thinks is way better than any Fiskars in about your price range I think. Sorry I can’t recall the brand he recommended.

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#5 posted 12-05-2015 09:12 PM

I have the Fiskars and the companion sharpener. It works well for splitting, I never tried to chop with it as I have a chainsaw. It is SHARP though, so take care with it. Most splitting mauls are dull edged.

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#6 posted 12-06-2015 12:18 AM

Council axes are supposed to quite good.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#7 posted 12-06-2015 02:27 PM

Thanks for the help guys. I’ll look into this stuff.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#8 posted 12-06-2015 02:39 PM

You can usually pick up a pretty decent axe at most flea markets and antique shops pretty reasonable.

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#9 posted 12-06-2015 02:40 PM

You are trying to do two different things. Split and cut or chop. Axes cut and or chop. Mauls split. Axes can be used for light small splitting jobs but are not heavy enough for larger splitting jobs. Axes are tend to sink into the log you are trying to split and don’t wedge it apart very well.
A maul is heavier and has a blunt edge (compared to an ax) and is wide. When splitting the maul sinks into the end grain and wedges the cut apart. A maul is absolutely no good for chopping. A maul can be used to drive a wedge when splitting also. If you try driving a wedge with an ax you will spread the eye and eventually the ax head will not hold a handle. The maul has a round eye for the handle like a sledge.

The box stores and most hardware stores have good quality axes and mauls. The axes will need sharpened.
As DonW says flea markets and antique shops are good also.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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