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Discussion in 'Knives, Gear, Guns And Other Tools' started by ManOfSteel, Jan 19, 2017.

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    I love the HB Medium hawk as well, it’s just heavier. The Shrike goes with me when I’m on the road. Here’s a good comparison. The size of the GB seems perfect for my taste. C3B4C505-4015-4145-9D59-9FAB9BA68319.jpeg
     
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    Here’s a Norlund that I really like. This one was fairly rough when I got it. It cleaned up great. 2363456B-81EB-4255-AE43-09FF55E2EA83.jpeg
     
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    Just to be fair, these were all tested many times.

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    Against these.


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    The American Steel won each time, until you get to the modern stuff.
     
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    A Norlund cruiser I restored a few years back. B7570103-AD06-4D09-B4A2-98556B61A40A.jpeg
     
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    Not a Black Raven, but…I love the old Plumbs. 63D9C78F-B8B3-495A-B8BC-81EE796AF326.jpeg
     
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    Very, Very Nice.
     
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    My beautiful bride bought me a Gransfor draw knife for Christmas. I had to test it out. It is a superb tool as is most everything Gransfor makes. I used it to rough out a Bench for a shave horse. I had a cherry tree that the top broke out of so I decided to use it. I also broke out an old Plumb I salvaged that was in very rough shape before restoration 81C7988D-1E2E-40CD-9497-060726236D21.jpeg 8A4483BD-0586-4171-93BA-472074BE560F.jpeg BE95D39E-A0B4-4F7E-B6E6-812F8DD232D0.jpeg along with a Gransfor broad axe to hew the remaining wood into a beam. I ran out of daylight and only got one side done. The wood is very beautiful!
     
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    Nice! What are you building?
     
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    I’m building a shave horse with some of it. I’ll try to get some pics of those pieces. The beam will hopefully go in one of the many timber frames I plan on building. I’ve had a lifelong passion for axes. I enjoy using them as much as learning about the history. The original CrossFit program! Imagine all the logs hewn over the course of history. Our grandfathers didn’t have gym memberships!
     
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    A shave horse? Yes, perhaps photos will give me a better idea. Yep, working with an axe is definitely a workout.
     
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    And were strong AF! Here's a little hawk I have, the guy that made it said it is based on a medieval one that he saw in a museum here. I only added the rope for handle protection. I need to give it a good sharpening, as it is convex but I am not good with convex sharpening, so the India Stone would need to do it.

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    Other than that I am a Fiskars fan.
    Not as pretty, but indestructable. IMO they are the best ones for using solely as tools. Of course they don't have the old world craftsmanship feel of a good GB and are not a conversation starter, but the large one is 17 years old and still going strong winter after winter.

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    I've had GB, Wetterlings and Hult Bruks before, they just don't work for hard woods, since they're designed for the pine forests of Scandinavia.

    I really want to try a Hudson Bay and Boy's Axe US patterns but they are hard to find here in decent condition and importing one is too expensive for a tool that's made to be bashed through wood.
     
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    Fiskars work great, I just wish the handles were more shock absorbing like wood. I need to get some pourable soft plastic to fill the handle on my splitting axe.
     
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    I’m curious why you say they don’t work good on hardwood?
     
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    I don't like how their thin edges tend to stuck in hardwood. Not edge damage, as the steel is good, but doesn't throw big chips of wood like a fatty Fiskars.
     
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    The old Swedish military axes are real close to an American boys axe, if you can find one.
     
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