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    Anybody have a decent camp/woodland axe? Have about $120 to spend. Any suggestions? Gransfors? Wetterlings? Hults?
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    Originally posted by 24Pink14Stink View Post
    Anybody have a decent camp/woodland axe? Have about $120 to spend. Any suggestions? Gransfors? Wetterlings? Hults?
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    • #3
      What is primary use and full length or handheld? Splitting, felling, chopping/utility etc? I always wanted a granfors but think they are a bit outside your budget (even used). Ive had two plastic handle Craftsman's that have served me well for years one is a splitting maul and the other double faced axe. Used to keep the double faced on my boat for camping. Fischer (sp?) Makes some decent axes as well. Still good old fashioned Hickory is hard to beat. Nice thread, thanks for starting.

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      • #4
        https://youtube.com/watch?v=pfZ3mbRbZM8

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        • #5
          Found this looking myself....

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          Am I short stroking or going to fast?

          I know he has a bush

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          • #6
            I have a Gransfors Bruks small splitting axe and I must say it is amazing. The thing is like a light sabre. It would go through wood in one chop that took my other axe 3 or 4 swings. These are works of art. The heads are hand forged and the person forging the head stamps his initials on it so you know who made it.
            I camp with a bunch of Canadians and they Love their axes. Just about all of them have at least one Gransfors Bruks. They are pricey but its kit that will outlast you and can be handed down to your son.
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            • #7
              As far as use goes I'm looking for a camp/pack axe. So uses are more chopping than big splitting work. It would supplement a collapsable buck saw. Thinking 19-28" handle. I was looking at wetterlings or hults bruk premium line. Hanford is a bit more than I want to spend. I'm thinking around $130 and can't justify another $40-$60 for a gransfors.

              I have to figure out what handle size would work better - balancing size/weight with utility. If I can get away with a smaller axe, I like the wetterlings outdoor axe. If I need to go with a longer handle, I might go with the hults bruk kisa. The Hults bruk akka kind of sits in the middle at 24".

              LOD - handle length on yours?
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              • #8
                Dwluth pack has Granfors small wilderness (I think that is name) for $130 and if you sign up for email 10% off first order.

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                • #9
                  https://www.duluthpack.com/gransfors...orest-axe.html


                  Sorry small forest 1-1/2 lb head 19" handle. $130



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                  • #10
                    Based on 55 reviews it would appear as though Excite would be a good bet. No idea how it ranks on the 'beginner-expert' scale though.

                    http://www.axe.com/us/en/products/fr...fragrance.html

                    It looks like there is a chance you could get yourself into some trouble with it if you're not careful.



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                    • #11
                      This site has some great stuff in the logging and tree cutting field. I have purchased a lot from them, everything from cutting safety chaps to felling helmets. Bailey's online, here is a link to their axe page.

                      http://www.baileysonline.com/Forestr...ng/Axes-Mauls/
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by 24Pink14Stink View Post

                        LOD - handle length on yours?
                        20" handle. I believe I payed $150. Mine is a splitter. Thin blade with a thick base. It's awesome for splitting wood.
                        I tried to attach a picture but apparently my pictures from my phone are 2.01 MB and site won't take anything bigger than 2MB and haven't been able to adjust size or quality. This is the cheapest I found. I guess they've gone up because I see them for $195, $210.
                        The Gränsfors Small Splitting Axe can be used for medium-sized firewood. It is forged and ground to a concave, quite thin blade at the bit.Item no: 441Length with handle: 59 cm (23”)Weight: 1,6 kg (3.5 lb)Sheath in vegetable-tanned leather
                        Last edited by LibertyOrDeath; 02-09-2017, 12:12 PM.
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                        • #13
                          You say you're looking more "Chopping". Are you thinking log chopping or chopping branches off of dead fall? If your looking for a branch chopper these are pretty impressive. Silky has a good rep.
                          Silky Nata 240mm Double Edge Hatchet, Hatchets & Hunting Axes, Just a flick of the wrist and watch saplings and small limbs fall away. Nata is nothing but pure style in a well balanced blade hatchet. Chop, chop away and know that Silky's keen edge of SK4 High Carbon Steel will hold up. At the thickest point the blade is only 5.7mm thick.<br><br><b>Note:</b> <i>Image is of the Nata 180mm. Results will be similar.</i>
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                          • #14
                            dammit all, now i need a gransfors bruks in my life

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by big flash View Post
                              dammit all, now i need a gransfors bruks in my life
                              LOL! When I went camping a couple years ago in Canada I was splitting some wood for the fire. One of the Canadians saw that I would drive the axe into the wood, it would stick then I would wack it on the stump a couple times. He said What the heck are you using. I said just an old axe I had($30 axe). He said why don't you make life easy and he handed my his Gransfors Bruks. Took a swing and the axe didn't stick in the wood it went through the wood like butter, sending each piece of wood flying 5ft to the right and left. I was sold at that point. Canadians know Axes and Whiskey!!!
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