A few whacks with the revised blade in some truly hard oak reveal more of the internal condition of my axe and exposed the connection between axe head and grip to be tenuous. A whack or two more and what was tenuous is insufficient with the axe head rising off the tongue of the handle. … More A Replacement Handel (Pt.1)
I don’t know, I’ve always felt m’self somewhat handicapped when it comes to sharpening. Others seem to do it intuitively and I have to be shown that a true edge has been created and the only way I see it is when there is a good burr run up. One than falls off then in … More This is Sharp
I throw out a simple proposition for consideration, which is to say, what I am about to share is not to be confused with a claim or conviction, necessarily. We look at our broad-axes with a degree of wonder, I’m sure of it, no matter the style we prefer the big hewing axes have a … More Broadaxes
The following question has got me bugged: How does a blade go from this, To this, And then back to this again? What are the mechanics behind such a de-formation? It’s an interesting question only because I see it recurring in roughly just under half of old breitbeilen that come up in my surveys. I’ll … More Wave Blade
I have to say it here in this axe blog, I am a believer in treating my handle wood with water for at the very least getting it to dry faster and more thoroughly than otherwise would be the case. Recently I pulled a batch from its watery storage. And this I will stand … More Wood & Water
As we know it by now the breitaxt – sticking with the original German – is crucially a single beveled axe. In our last few meetings it has been about the broad and non-beveled, what I so much like calling, “back-side” of the axe, (but more on that is coming). I have given attention now … More Breitaxt, (broadaxe), and Its Bevel
Back to the back in a way that’s good for me. I flatten, I grind, I polish. This is work of a kind of intensity.