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Offline sieddy

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Re: a good axe for roughing out staves?
« Reply #15 on: September 29, 2017, 02:31:43 pm »
I've got the small fisksrs x5 and I think its great for the purpose. It's got and holds a good edge and its so light it affords really goog control. I'm sure ill upgrade at some point but it does the biz for me! 😊
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Offline Hawkdancer

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Re: a good axe for roughing out staves?
« Reply #16 on: November 03, 2017, 08:40:52 pm »
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My bad! Or OPPs!  My England geography is a bit lacking - except for brewery's and pubs!! >:D. Where is Berkshire from the White Horse Vale?  I owe you a pint!
I will be looking for the "old steel". Here in the states, it is a bit of a challenge! and a bit pricey!  As in my pre '64 Winchester being 8 -10 times more than the original cost.  Any way, use what works for you and stats sharp!
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Re: a good axe for roughing out staves?
« Reply #17 on: November 03, 2017, 08:54:38 pm »
I use a half hatchet. I believe it is a Vaughn brand. I like the profile of it a lot better than most hatchets as it is more blade like than wedge. I brought the bevel back with a file so it takes a deeper bite, took maybe half an hour to do. I sharpen it with a mill bastard file and it holds its edge for a very long time. I think I gave $20 for it and would get another in a heartbeat if something happened to the one I have.

Offline Badger

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Re: a good axe for roughing out staves?
« Reply #18 on: December 18, 2017, 03:34:20 pm »
    I really enjoy working with an axe but I find my forearms pump up like popeye in just a few minutes and will start cramping. A few years ago I made a commitment to stick with it for at least a month and see if the forearms could adjust to it. They got a little better but I still couldn't work as long as I wanted to work. I think I might be using all wrist instead of arm, not sure.

Offline kbear

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Re: a good axe for roughing out staves?
« Reply #19 on: April 09, 2018, 12:53:28 am »
I use the Fiskars X7 to rough profile, and work the belly down to about 1", then a single bevel Silky Nata hatchet for almost finish profile. Shinto from there. I find the X7 is light in the hand, very sharp, and allows some good control. The Nata is great for hueing the line........
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Offline Shawn Rackley

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Re: a good axe for roughing out staves?
« Reply #20 on: June 06, 2018, 08:51:25 pm »
At one time I had the fiskars hatchet like that, not sure of the model or length, and I never used it to work on a bow (haven't built one yet). But I thought it was a very sturdy tool, and easy to get scary sharp. I actually almost cut my thumb off with it. Lol, alas, someone stole it.  I can't attest to it's use in this particular scenario. But I can say it's tough, I beat mine to death before it got stolen.

Offline OTDEAN

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Re: a good axe for roughing out staves?
« Reply #21 on: June 22, 2018, 01:04:00 pm »
Gransfor Bruks everytime.  Last a life time and hardly ever needs to be sharpened if looked after.  Worth the investment.