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this is the latest culmination of my experiments in axe making it is a 1-3/4lb head composed of mild steel body and 384 layer damascus cutting bit on a hand carved slender hickory handle. I am quite pleased with it I made it to be what i consider an ideal general purpose axe for camping and bushcraft : slightly bearded for fine crafting cuts, full wedge profile for splitting and throwing chips out of the cut when chopping, heavy poll to keep the cutting edge close to the center of gravity, 28in handle keeps it light and packable but allows maximum work to be done with a light head. the handle shape is taken directly from a vintage axe in my collection that I love using I dont think i have a picture that shows the whole shape of the handle but it is a thin oval shape with a gentle classic curve. let me know what you guys think 

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I think that looks pretty dang good. I wish there was more Damascus showing. 

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Thanks Joshua, I used a piece of Damascus I had made a while back and there wasn't a lot of material to forge the bit from unless I restacked the bar . I had originally planned to etch with ferric and coffee to really show the pattern but I ended up just doing a deep ferric etch and leaving it at that as I worried that it wouldn't stay looking nice with use 

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I like it! As I've been gearing up for my own axe attempts, I've read more and more about ditch the 4lb feller, and make a 2-1/2lb boys axe. Seems that you've also hit all the right criteria for a good working tool too. 

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Very nice, and inspiring. Looks like it would be very useful.

 

My daughter stopped by after going to the library. One of my grandsons had got two books on bush-craft.

 

 

The title of your post reminded me, if you've never read Patrick McManus' "The Christmas Hatchet", you need to.

 

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Daniel, I say go for it! This started as 4in of 1x2 hot rolled mild steel and finished at 1-3/4 lb I have another one in the works that has been drifted and rough forged starting with 4-1/4in of the same material that is still just above 2-1/4lbs so i would say depending on your target weight maybe try a piece 1×2.5 ×4in ish ? I usually figure .288lb per cubic inch for steel it's usually close but no substitute for weighing your stock before you start. I make hatchets out of 1.25in square 1018 with a bit welded in and they usually come out in the 1-1/4 to 1-1/2lb range depending on grinding and scale losses. If you haven't made an axe yet I recomend starting small and working up for sure. I'm pretty new to axes and this forum has been a big help for sure 

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I have a few under my belt, they usually take a turn for the worse and wind up in a scrap pile until I just glue them (mig) together at some point in an attempt to make somthing of them.  I have 2 that I consider successful wrap welded axes, and 1 that is more for show than an actual tool.  However all three of them mis the mark for what I would consider a useable tool.  

 

Pipe tomahawks on the other hand, I got about 5 of those sitting around.  I use a different process than the traditional wrap for those.  

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On 12/17/2021 at 11:59 AM, Anthony Reid said:

I am not familiar with that title but I love Patrick McManus I'll have to look for it . 

 

It's the final story in his book "Never Sniff A Gift Fish"

 

or, you can read it here:

https://archive.org/details/the-christmas-hatchet

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