Weighted Axe Head

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  1. buZZsaw BRAD

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    "Found" my Collins axe the other day near the grill and firepit. Havent used it on regular firewood in some time. I was splitting some black locust with it and was halving them with the Isocore. I like the longer cutting edge vs. the X27. Got to thinking. Is there a heavy axe head but not shaped like a maul?
    Any recommendations?
     
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    4 lb heads are fairly easy to find, and I have been looking for a heavier head than that, and have found a few on ebay, but so far have not bought one that heavy, because I have not found one that I liked the bit profile on, that much. Sometimes you can find an old 4 and 1/2 to 5 lb Jersey or Kentucky head on ebay. But they often go a little higher then I want to pay.

    The best ax I have found is a Plumb 4 lb double bit with slightly convex cheeks. I have several single bits in various shapes but I find a good double bit to normally be better. They balance better, and they are more accurate for me, and accuracy is very important. And they seem to work better for the flick maneuver where you sorta of lay the ax over right at point of impact, which helps the wood split and reduces the chances of sticking the ax. But I still have to use the maul sometimes.
     
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    I've had this abused axe for a while. I think it was a trickle down..

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    The flat side is mushroomed over. And it needs a new handle. Thus the abuse.

    It's yours if you want it Brad.
     
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    I have a couple that look like that waiting for handles. The Collins has mushroomed over like that too. Im wondering if there is an ax shaped head but with the weight of a maul? I like the 5" wide cutting edge on the collins. Im tempted to go back to the X25 with the shorter handle. Had one years back but lost it roadside. Find myself choking up on the X27 all the time. Accidentally left the Isocore at that locust score last week. Good excuse to go back for more locust! :tree::whistle:
    Thanks Mike. Ill take the dollar if you dont want it? :rofl: :lol:
     
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    I'll, put the dollar back in my wallet and the axe back on a shelf. Somebody will want it someday. Maybe fishingpol, as he's a forger of sorts.
     
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    I'm good for now Mike. Thank you though. I haven't had time to do much metal work lately.
     
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    the bad thing about buying abused axes, the handles are getting pretty expensive. So, i've bought 3 Fiskars, and one fiiskar hatchet. Little spendy, but, i'll never have to replace the handle in my time. And, the lifetime guarantee is good Pretty much problem solved for me anyway.
     
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    Yup, broke my X27 and it was replaced hassle free.
     
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    Last year I bought an isocore 8#maul. I’m getting kind of old and 8# isn’t controllable any more. Now I see fiskers is making it in a 6#...go figure. I’ve got an x27 I use most of the time. Got an x25, but the handle’s too short.
     
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    Brad, take a grinder to the mushroom on your Collins. That’s what I like about the isocore, it’s got a big striking surface. Once my axe sticks, I use a short handle 8# hammer to beat it to submission. Been whooping’ on the x27. We’ll she how long she lasts.
     
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    I use the iso t half. Then the X27 or collins to finish. I had a X25 and once i got used to it i loved it. Lost it roadside a few years ago. Find myself choking up on the X27 all the time. Wanna sell your X25???

    I used to do that to my X27 as well if it stuck. Wonder if that led to its eventual breaking. Warranty covered it and got a new one when it broke.
     
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    The butt end of the x27 is not designed to be hit, or for it to be used as a hammer.
     
  13. Cheepbeer

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    Yup, I know that, but that’s how I roll. I always figured how stupid it was to wear yourself out reefin’ on an axe to get it out so you can stick it again. Also, all that reefin’ loosens handles.
     
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    I can’t find that x25 anywhere. If I bought another, I’d find it immediately!