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    Default Axes and Hatchets, do many use them?

    I have tried to find some info on this forum on the use of axes or hatchets and who if any use them on any regular basis.
    I have carried a canoe ax for years when hunting or on the line or when trekking and find it extremely usefull but I wonder how many today still use axes or have the saws (folding or swede) taken president?
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    I have two that I may carry every now and then. One is a bag ax, little with a good heft to it. Works well for small wood, pountind stakes, roughing out and tillering a bow.

    The second one is a throwing hawk that a Cherokee Indian made me many years ago. Had the long handle on it for the longest time but then when it broke, the new one I cut down. It is alot more versatile now and alot easier to carry on treks. Both are kept razor sharp.

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    Cool Over here.

    I have a small Back-packing hand-axe made by Buck Knives, and a larger axe, just not a full size job, a small & large bow saw, and Gerber's folding hand saw with extra blade.
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    i have a small boyscout axe that my dad had and i have a hand saw and a wooden axe and they are good for cutting small fire wood

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    how do you sharpen an extremely dull axe? grinding wheel? or whetstone for hours lol?

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    File, diamond stone, then leather strap.

    Well, that's how I do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by volwest View Post
    I do not carry an axe.
    I do however carry a folding saw, and a machete.
    The machete has proven to work very well for me, and is probably the tool i use the most when "out there".
    Hmmm, a machete, you & Owl girl might have something in common here.
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    I use to carry a WWII short machete during deer season. Worked great for getting through the thickets, since have traded that in for a pair of pruners. Lot less movement, snip, nip, nice and quiet.

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    I carry a small hand axe in my Jeep, but not generally with me unless I plan to be out for a longer time.

    What I DO carry is a Ka Bar Kukri, which is heavy enough to use as a hatchet if one is needed. The only saw I carry is the small one on my Leatherman Core.
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    A small hand axe where ever I go "out there" as volwest put it. I sharpen it with a file. I keep a larger splitting axe in camp, not usually quite as sharp.

    Friends usually bring me their axes and knives for sharpening. I use a diamond stone or Arkansas stone on knives, depends on the knife they usually tell me which they prefer. Sharpening is like therapy for me.
    some fella confronted me the other day and asked "What's your problem?" So I told him, "I don't have a problem I am a problem"

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    I have a full size ax, hand ax, small bow saw and machete.

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    I have a hatchet. got it for $35.00, and I must say it works verywell.
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    I've got a small older Scout hatchet that i found when I went backpacking that I usually keep with me.

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    In the last few years I have started to carry a GB hunters ax a bit lighter and smaller than the canoe ax and will do the job in a few strokes more.
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    what do you guys think is the best axe?
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    There's plenty of good ones out there, we could get into that whole "depending on what you're doing" thing again too. The most important thing is to make sure you're using it properly for your own safety and the axe's and those nearby. Some guys really swear by these new composite/fiberglass handles, I've only used them a couple of times and I think they're ok, but mine are all wood handle except my little hand axe is all steel with a rubber grip.

    I avoid getting into name brands, look at the excitement it caused in the knife forum, what I swear by FVR or someone might call crap and vice versa. But like anything else, if you spend a couple of extra bucks you'll probably be glad you did.
    some fella confronted me the other day and asked "What's your problem?" So I told him, "I don't have a problem I am a problem"

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    Question The best?

    Quote Originally Posted by survivorman. View Post
    what do you guys think is the best axe?
    That's not gonna have an easy answer, dude. Everybody will have their favorite.
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    thats true.
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    I have the best ax. Well, it's not mine it's a good friends.

    Custom made weighs in about 1.5lbs. All stell, looks like an 1800's French trade hawk.

    This thing is awsome, sharp, can throw it and it chops good also.

    It is designed like the military combat hawks.

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    Default 'hawks

    Personally, I think that the tomahawk or trade axe is the best overall designed axe. sounds like a good one FVR
    some fella confronted me the other day and asked "What's your problem?" So I told him, "I don't have a problem I am a problem"

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