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The axe thread - Best Made Co.

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by lefty, Mar 7, 2010.

  1. Reggs

    Reggs Senior member

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    As it turns out, their base camp (where one of them built a log cabin by hand with an axe) is a few kms from my log cabin in ON.

    That sounds great. How was it?
     
  2. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    We were having this conversation at their workshop in NYC. Their camp, and my cabin, are in Ontario. The water that runs by my place also runs by theirs. Crazy coincidence.

    lefty
     
  3. Huntsman

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    Ever chop anything with a fibreglass handle? After 2 hours your hands will be trembling from the shock. And once it breaks in the woods, you're shit out of luck. lefty
    This is true. I spent a lot of time with two-handed sledges and the glass handles don't dampen anything at all like hickory does.
    I never chopped anything for two hours, but I played 4+hours tennis matches with fiberglass rackets and I lived to tell the story.
    Well, that's not really at all similar, as a matter of fact it's a really poor analogy -- the collision of the ball and the webbing is designed to be a highly elastic collision, i.e, energy goes into the ball and the ball returns. The collision of an axe head with a log is meant to be completely INelastic, so that all the energy of the head goes into the thing you are striking -- and this is where the glass handles do not shine. The shock from the impact goes up and down the handle, echoing like mad and the main mechanism for damping it out is your arms absorbing it. ~ H
     
  4. tiecollector

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    Pretty sweet and well worth the money (especially if made in USA). I once broke apart cement with my fiberglass handle sledge. Huge mistake!
     
  5. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    Other axes to check out are Gränsfors. A little more rustic but well regarded. The Swedes know wood cutting.

    [​IMG]

    lefty
     
  6. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    Here's a cabin building clip from Alone in the Wilderness - the story of Dick Proenneke, a man who spent 30 years in the wilds of Alaska and filmed it all.

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  7. Risque

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    No firewood maybe? Bear Grylls defense? I had the same question.
    Fixed that for you.
     
  8. GQgeek

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    Here's a cabin building clip from Alone in the Wilderness - the story of Dick Proenneke, a man who spent 30 years in the wilds of Alaska and filmed it all.

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    Cool vid. I wonder what it would really be like to live out there all alone? What do you do with your time? I'm guessing most of it is spent hunting and worrying about what you're going to eat. It's definitely a different sort of existence.
     
  9. lemmywinks

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    will it help me get better fadez for my denim?
     
  10. NorCal

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    Speaking of "tools with a soul" Lefty, you seem like the type to appreciate this type of stuff:
    http://www.hidatool.com/shop/shop.html
    If you're ever in the East Bay they're worth a visit. A small but very well curated tool shop.
     
  11. lefty

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    As Bonsai is a minor passion of mine, I'll check them out. A Hori Hori (Japanese gardening knife) is probably the most used tool in my garden.

    [​IMG]

    Speaking of soul, a few weeks ago I put a new handle on a hammer head. A hammer that was purchased and used by my grandfather. My best guess is that it's 60-70 years old. There are better hammers out there, but this one just feels right in my hand.

    lefty
     
  12. Wallcloud

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    This is quietly a really really good thread.
     
  13. lefty

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    Here's a pretty good clip of some basic axe skills:

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  14. gdl203

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    Who made this axe?


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  15. lefty

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    ^ Wife lock you out again?

    It was a prop axe.

    [​IMG]


    910. Jack Nicholson "Jack Torrance" prop axe from The Shining. (Warner Bros., 1980) This axe was used in the 1980 Stanley Kubrick film The Shining, starring Jack Nicholson. It was used by Nicholson in the climactic scene where Jack breaks down the bathroom door to try and kill his wife. This particular axe was a stunt axe with a fiberglass axe head to make it safe for swinging and throwing around and ensure the actor did not hurt himself. The axe came from Peter Hancock, propmaster on the film. $5000 - $7000


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  16. gdl203

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    Nice prop. I really wish I had a reason - any reason - to own a nicely made axe in my NYC apartment. But I'm not sure that fits well into the current child-proofing phase...
     
  17. lefty

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    Gotta start 'em young.

    [​IMG]

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  18. romafan

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    lefty - while i appreciate a nice axe and understand the value of a well-made tool, these strike me as a little gimmicky (i think it was the cashmere beanie that got me scratching my head). cmiiw, but aren't all these the same size? [​IMG] i assumed the price differential related to differing lengths and weights. they're all 30" w/ a 3.5 lb. head/blade/bit. the only difference is the paint job? so the $200 blue tick is the same as the $500 sam thain? that's [​IMG]!
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    *are you the same lefty as the 'pants' lefty, and the 'dog' lefty?
     
  19. JammieDodger

    JammieDodger Senior member

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    Here's a pretty good clip of some basic axe skills:

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    I love Ray Mears.

    I know Bear Grylls is probably more popular with the kids these days, but if I were to watch either before being plunged into a deserted forest I'd go with Mears. I just feel that knowing how to use an axe (Mears) will always be more useful than knowing how to swing across a canyon on some vines whilst biting a live snake's head off.

    Unfortunately I'm british and not from the country so will likely never get the chance to kill and skin a rabbit and the like [​IMG]
     
  20. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    lefty - while i appreciate a nice axe and understand the value of a well-made tool, these strike me as a little gimmicky (i think it was the cashmere beanie that got me scratching my head). cmiiw, but aren't all these the same size? [​IMG] i assumed the price differential related to differing lengths and weights. they're all 30" w/ a 3.5 lb. head/blade/bit. the only difference is the paint job? so the $200 blue tick is the same as the $500 sam thain? that's [​IMG]!

    *are you the same lefty as the 'pants' lefty, and the 'dog' lefty?


    Everyone finds value in different ways. We're on a forum where various retailers take traditional American shoes (for example), tweak the style or finish and sell them at a premium. Usually there a SF feeding frenzy for them.

    In this case, yes, you are paying a premium for a limited edition paint job that, once sold, is gone forever. Is that worth it? You decide. I see these as unique gift items for the "woodsman" in all of us. And as a casual woodsman myself I appreciate that they work and are not pretend axes. As a creative guy I appreciate anyone who can make me look at something common in a new light.

    Axes/dogs/pants/general grumpiness = lefty.
     

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