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I'm writing my letter to santa and asking him for a new axe. My old stanley has been ok but now it's so worn down it barely holds a edge and the handle is bound with gaffer tape (yes I know but don't we all do that?)
Ah but which one to ask for? I quite like the Estwings but how about others? I've had a look around
http://www.screwfix.com/prods/53782...anley-FatMax-Antivibe-Carpenters-Hatchet-28oz
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http://www.screwfix.com/prods/73938...s/Axes-Mauls/Estwing-Sportsmans-Axe-3-25-83mm
screwfix also do a range of forgesteel axes ranging from about £8 up to £14 but I've dismissed them. The only forgesteel tool I've tried is the boat level which after light use is now 7mm out in it's own lenght!
Axminster have these
These look interesting and japaneese tools have a decent reputation but has anyone used one of these?
http://www.axminster.co.uk/ice-bear-japanese-hand-axe-prod480147/
or these seem ugly looking things although the price suggests that they should be decent enough, but again has anyone used one?
http://www.axminster.co.uk/ochsenkopf-carpenters-axe-prod820103/
or
http://www.axminster.co.uk/ochsenkopf-cleaving-hatchet-prod820097/
I'm used to using an axe quite often and it never leaves my kit, it gets used for scribbing , doweling , thinning and a million a one other jobs, it's even eased doors so I'm looking for something decent and just thought I'd see what people on here think.
 
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You use an axe to ease doors? :eek:
Does your company have the maintenance contract in Dracula's castle?
 
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Have a look at some of the ones Dick sell I've had quite a few bits from them though not my axe, thats a sandvik and thats good enough to sharpen my pencil with.

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Deluks-I've worked in quite a few castles but to the best of my knowledge none have been the home of the undead, and whilist I don't generally make a habit of easing with an axe sometimes it's just easier than fannying around finding a lead and power tools setting it up and finding it's tripped so I have to walk all the way down to the tranny and........ :)
Jason thanks for that link, oooooh axe porn :D
 
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As its cold tonight, if you stand under a brass monkey you may be able to catch a couple of replacements as they fall off ;)

Back to Lolas question which I'm sure was serious as there are quite a few chippies that use an axe to good effect, in the right hands and properly sharpened its surprising what you can do with them.

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Very nice link Jason. I might just invest in the sawblade for cutting fretboards now. Probably have to make a jig up to use the circular though. ;) ;) ;) ;)
 
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Lolas question which I'm sure was serious

Jason
Definately serious , what's not to love about axes?
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when i was an apprentice thye old boy a worked with bought me an estwing axe for being a good boy lol, that was over 16 years ago, and although it it dosent get used as often as it once did, it still holds a good edge, so i'de have to recomend the estwing
 
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If you took the time to look at the link I posted you will see it takes you to a retailer of gransfors and several other makes of axe.

J
 
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