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Forum topic by Lasivian posted 04-13-2015 01:52 PM 592 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-13-2015 01:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question adze bowl

So I am considering getting a set of these adzes:

They come in two different types of steel, AISI-4150 or ????-50X HRC~ 50-55 and I don’t know jack about which one to get.

I want a solid sharp tool and maintain things well so I don’t need stainless.

If anyone has a suggestion on a different budget bowl adze I am all ears.


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#1 posted 04-13-2015 06:43 PM

This looks like the same maker that someone asked about previously but they linked to ebay that time, wouldn’t be surprised if they sold on both. Here’s the review:

Also I’m not sure that’s two different kinds of steel. Those are Cyrillic characters in the second part. Why not try asking the seller about the steel? I see in one of the listings for the separate adze it just says “AISI-4150 HRC 50-55” for the steel. I’m guessing what you saw is just a language barrier.

I’m thinking unless you find a deal on a vintage adze, that might be your best bet for a budget adze. Let us know how you like it if you get one.

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#2 posted 04-13-2015 06:58 PM

Definitely check him out on ebay – his price seems a bit lower there.
Or his website:

Sorry I can’t help you with the steel question. It does kind of seem like there is only one kind of steel – on the Ebay page it says Excellent steel – AISI-4150 or ГОСТ-50X HRC~ 50-55
HRC means Rockwell hardness of 50-55, and it looks to me like AISI4150 and ГОСТ-50X are two ways of describing the same steel, like Tim says. And on his website he only mentions AISI 4150.

Since I wrote that review I’ve used it quite a bit more and am still very happy (recently bought another one with less curve to the blade).

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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