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So after a Broken Axe Handle

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We got a a reply from Snedden about our Axe Blake, Apparently the Handle had a flaw in it, The tree was in-properly felled which created a weakness in the handle so they said post it back and they will replace the handle (i think) with a new one which there making themselves now.
 

Blake

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Wow, pretty good service then. Did they say that they had some other failures with the same batch? I must admit you were right about it was very strange way it broke, just straight in two now a split like you normally see.

My question is how does one incorrectly fell a tree in a way that would that affect the handle?

I watched a Ray Mears clip about caring for your axe where he uses a very light coat of linseed oil to protect the wood, dont know if its necessary or would stop tje wood drying and becoming brittle?

Heres some clips you might enjoy:

With your sucess rate Brent i recon this one is up your alley, making own Axe Handle:
[video=youtube;3ar9NxUIrL4]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ar9NxUIrL4&feature=youtube_gdata_player[/video]

And this post: http://bushcraftoz.com/forums/showthread.php?19-Making-A-Tomahawk-Helve.&p=42#post42

Caring for your axe:
[video=youtube;Awecx7n1bzQ]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Awecx7n1bzQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player[/video]

Choosing and using an axe:
[video=youtube;MVXj7JvKpHA]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVXj7JvKpHA&feature=youtube_gdata_player[/video]

Sharpening Your axe at camp:
[video=youtube;3LrkC3aS3gA]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LrkC3aS3gA&feature=youtube_gdata_player[/video]
 

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Sounds like the grain wasn't aligned properly in the handle, if there's a knot or an imperfection in the wood, that'd screw it up for sure...If its a good quality wood like Hickory or even Ash, it shouldn't break the way you described.

I mix my own polish with bees wax and linseed oil: just steam heat the beeswax till its runny and add equal parts linseed oil. Works like a charm. I had a go at making my own handle too... it takes a while, but worth the go! It was my first try, and I've since un-handled this head. I'm wanting a straighter style I think. Just give it go and see what happens!

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I also just got a Gransfors Small Forest Axe, so I might post a review soon...

GB
 

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Hey nice post grey bear and great job on your axe handle for your first shot!

Where did you get your gransfords from? I'm looking at the small forest axe myself so I would be very interesting in hearing how it performs in Australian conditions.
 

Woz888

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Sadly, buying the GB Axes from UK online sources and having them shipped works out to be about half the price offered here.

Woz
 

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I actually ordered mine from Ray Mears' online shop, it was the cheapest, even including shipping at just on $100AU . There are suppliers here, but they're over priced. The UK is the best place to get them for sure.

I havent had a chance to really put it through its paces, although I have used it on one or two trips so far... I am very confident it will cope with anything I can throw at it here in Australia, these really are very impressive tools made to a very high standard.

I will put it to the review soon....

GB
 

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Hey nice post grey bear and great job on your axe handle for your first shot!

Where did you get your gransfords from? I'm looking at the small forest axe myself so I would be very interesting in hearing how it performs in Australian conditions.

Have a look at this shop online..

http://stores.ebay.com.au/THE-BUSHCRAFT-STORE

I have always been happy with them good prices and service.
 
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