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scorpian
07-12-2010, 05:43 PM
Looking for a decent axe on a budget, try searching ebay for ex military/ ex-army axes, there are some good german army and danish army axes for sale at the mo, and i purchased one of the danish hatchets and found it good value and quality.:happy-clapping:

Steve

luresalive
07-12-2010, 06:13 PM
Pics and a review perchance??

Mouldsy
07-12-2010, 06:17 PM
Thanks mate, I have been looking at the Danish Army one and I will get one after Christmas, I bought one of the ones Argos were selling for 2.99, it took a while to put an edge on it but they are cracking wee axes and are about the same size as the scout axe, great value even if you aren't on a budget.

JonnyP
07-12-2010, 06:20 PM
Good one.. Cheers for that..
Bahco (makers of the Laplander saw etc) make a good little cheapish axe too.. http://tooltray.com/garden-tools/axes-%26-splitting-wedges/hand-axes/hgps-0.6-360-standard-axe-1.1/4lb.htm?utm_source=Tooltray&utm_medium=Froogle&utm_campaign=Shopping

MikeWilkinson
07-12-2010, 08:42 PM
I got a Brades Criterion from old tool schools for 12, quick clean up and put a new edge on it, It is an awesome little axe.
Look out at car boots and attic/garage sales you can pick these things up for a fiver.

Ashley Cawley
18-12-2010, 02:11 PM
... I bought one of the ones Argos were selling for 2.99, it took a while to put an edge on it but they are cracking wee axes ...
I remember Justin buying one of those, think he paid something daft like 2.50 or 2.99 and then spent a few hours working on it, turned it into a completely different looking axe :) Not sure if he kept it or maybe even gave it to Martin as a gift? Not sure, I'll ask.

Martin
18-12-2010, 02:17 PM
I remember Justin buying one of those, think he paid something daft like 2.50 or 2.99 and then spent a few hours working on it, turned it into a completely different looking axe :) Not sure if he kept it or maybe even gave it to Martin as a gift? Not sure, I'll ask.

No, never gave it to me. :(

Martin

Martin
18-12-2010, 02:20 PM
However, I got one of these and Justin very kindly took it away and put a fantastic edge on it, for which I am very very greatful. :)

Click To See My Axe (http://tooltray.com/Hand-Axes/HGPS-0.8-380-Standard-Axe-1.1%2F2lb.htm)

Martin

Ashley Cawley
18-12-2010, 03:41 PM
However, I got one of these and Justin very kindly took it away and put a fantastic edge on it, for which I am very very greatful. :)

Click To See My Axe (http://tooltray.com/Hand-Axes/HGPS-0.8-380-Standard-Axe-1.1%2F2lb.htm)

Martin
Ah right, yeah now I remember, I think they were so cheap he bought two, one for you and one for himself. I remember the most distinct change he made was blackening up the handle or making it brown and with no markings or branding on the handle or blade it looked a lot better :)

luresalive
18-12-2010, 05:00 PM
Bahco made decent stuff, so should be a good little hatchet for the price.

pleeblander
30-12-2010, 12:53 PM
http://www.homebase.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=20001&partNumber=875869&Trail=searchtext%3EAXE that's the one. cheap alright and looks sturdy.

http://www.diy.com/diy/jsp/bq/nav.jsp?action=detail&fh_secondid=10767669&fh_view_size=10&fh_location=%2f%2fcatalog01%2fen_GB&fh_search=axe&fh_eds=%C3%9F&fh_refview=search&ts=1293717012590&isSearch=true this is the one i'd like to buy.
In fact any axe out there would do. Just keep it sharp and make sure u know how to use it. :)

Comptona
30-12-2010, 05:03 PM
Good one.. Cheers for that..
Bahco (makers of the Laplander saw etc) make a good little cheapish axe too.. http://tooltray.com/garden-tools/axes-%26-splitting-wedges/hand-axes/hgps-0.6-360-standard-axe-1.1/4lb.htm?utm_source=Tooltray&utm_medium=Froogle&utm_campaign=Shopping



I got myself a bacho camping axe a couple of years ago, have used at scout camps and even let the scouts have a go with it, I do find myself sharpening it on a regular basis though.

happybonzo
29-01-2011, 07:48 AM
Tooltray, the company that JohnnyP reccomends, seem to be very affordable
Here's the little Bahco hand axe (http://tooltray.com/Hand-Axes/HGPS-0.8-380-Standard-Axe-1.1%2F2lb.htm)

Roadkillphil
21-02-2011, 10:16 PM
I was looking for a cheap axe after xmas, and I checked out this thread then.
In January I bought this for 11.95

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5012/5465973787_b4f8fbd8d0.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/7904270@N07/5465973787/)
From this (http://www.flickr.com/photos/7904270@N07/5465973787/) by roadkillphil (http://www.flickr.com/people/7904270@N07/), on Flickr

I put a bit of an edge on it with an oilstone and have used it quite a bit since.

However, I sanded off the kak varnish and paint, and spent the evening with Matt kindly showing me how to get a ding out of it and put a proper edge on it too. Teak oil to finish it off, and this is what he looks like now...

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5019/5465980655_e07db9f620.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/7904270@N07/5465980655/)
To this (http://www.flickr.com/photos/7904270@N07/5465980655/) by roadkillphil (http://www.flickr.com/people/7904270@N07/), on Flickr

I'm proper stoked with my 'new' axe. Its first job (after a shave in the mornin :D ) will be carving a paddle, something I couldn't have done with it yesterday.

A big thanks to Matt for sharing his skills. :happy-clapping:

Realbark
22-02-2011, 11:44 AM
nice job roadkillphil

Humakt
22-02-2011, 11:51 AM
Some of the cheaper modern axes can be made from inferior steel. They may polish up nice and work well for a while, but after prolonged use the brittle nature of the poor steel always comes through
The best option is to look in car boot sales - most of those old tools were made of much better steel.
You also get the added bonus of buying yourself a project - cleaning and sharpening the blade plus having to put a new handle on it!

Bushmaster95
28-03-2011, 11:44 PM
I see that Gransfors Axes are only 56 (small forest axe) Its not that much for a tool that will last a life time in my opinion
:P

Lukeyp23
01-05-2011, 10:12 PM
I was looking for a cheap axe after xmas, and I checked out this thread then.
In January I bought this for 11.95

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5012/5465973787_b4f8fbd8d0.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/7904270@N07/5465973787/)
From this (http://www.flickr.com/photos/7904270@N07/5465973787/) by roadkillphil (http://www.flickr.com/people/7904270@N07/), on Flickr

I put a bit of an edge on it with an oilstone and have used it quite a bit since.

However, I sanded off the kak varnish and paint, and spent the evening with Matt kindly showing me how to get a ding out of it and put a proper edge on it too. Teak oil to finish it off, and this is what he looks like now...

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5019/5465980655_e07db9f620.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/7904270@N07/5465980655/)
To this (http://www.flickr.com/photos/7904270@N07/5465980655/) by roadkillphil (http://www.flickr.com/people/7904270@N07/), on Flickr

I'm proper stoked with my 'new' axe. Its first job (after a shave in the mornin :D ) will be carving a paddle, something I couldn't have done with it yesterday.

A big thanks to Matt for sharing his skills. :happy-clapping:

Sweet work Phil - I might have to have a trip to Berry's at Leyand to pick one up myself!

Ben Casey
01-05-2011, 10:18 PM
Looks good like all your work Phil :)

Roadkillphil
02-05-2011, 06:48 PM
Sweet work Phil - I might have to have a trip to Berry's at Leyand to pick one up myself!

Looks good like all your work Phil :)

Thanks Gennelmen :D

Ashley Cawley
02-05-2011, 09:07 PM
That does look so much better, nice one phil. Have'e tried throwing it yet? :p

Roadkillphil
02-05-2011, 09:08 PM
That does look so much better, nice one phil. Have'e tried throwing it yet? :p

Yaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwnnnnnn:tongue:

Ben Casey
02-05-2011, 09:49 PM
Yaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwnnnnnn:tongue:

Oh who won BTW :)

Roadkillphil
02-05-2011, 10:00 PM
Oh who won BTW :)

I'll tell ye b4 he does... me and he had an axe off as we both scored 16. In the axe off we drew again, so it went to best of 6 axes. I went first and threw KAK! and only scored 3..... So Ash won, by loads!! He did hand me one of the prizes, as I was a graceful loser, he was an honourable winner. :D

Ben Casey
02-05-2011, 10:02 PM
I'll tell ye b4 he does... me and he had an axe off as we both scored 16. In the axe off we drew again, so it went to best of 6 axes. I went first and threw KAK! and only scored 3..... So Ash won, by loads!! He did hand me one of the prizes, as I was a graceful loser, he was an honourable winner. :D

Hey I think you did brill was it not the first weekend you had tried it?

Roadkillphil
02-05-2011, 10:05 PM
Hey I think you did brill was it not the first weekend you had tried it?

Well, Ash showed me how to throw a few weekends b4, then had a couple of evenings practice, so in that respect, I should Big meself up! But thats not my way ;)

Martin
03-05-2011, 06:52 AM
Hey Phil, I've got exactly the same axe as you. 'Tis a great chopper and holds an edge really well.

Martin

Ashley Cawley
03-05-2011, 09:27 AM
In all seriousness; the axe throwing competition was great and Phil did a grand job. We were out camping one weekend and I showed him how to throw tomahawks, he took to it very well. It's a funny thing axe throwing & consistency, the best the advice I could give is: go at it confidently.

Kieran
29-05-2011, 07:22 PM
Sweet work Phil - I might have to have a trip to Berry's at Leyand to pick one up myself!

this looks well nice!

Roadkillphil
30-05-2011, 09:13 PM
Hey Phil, I've got exactly the same axe as you. 'Tis a great chopper and holds an edge really well.

Martin

I was really surprised at its performance Martin, I've used it loads since last sharpening in Feb, and it's still got a good edge :D


this looks well nice!

Cheers Geeza :D

rosseveritt
16-06-2012, 10:19 AM
However, I got one of these and Justin very kindly took it away and put a fantastic edge on it, for which I am very very greatful. :)

Click To See My Axe (http://tooltray.com/Hand-Axes/HGPS-0.8-380-Standard-Axe-1.1%2F2lb.htm)

Martin

Thx for that link Martin. Looks like my next purchase. :)