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Offline jfanselow

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Canadian Axe makers
« on: January 12, 2017, 08:19:01 PM »
Hi, I am from New Zealand and living in Canada and with my dads 60th coming up I thought the perfect gift would be a Axe made in Canada from Canadian material! it seems however to be a difficult thing to find, being a milestone birthday I don't mind spending a few hundred dollars to buy something of high quality. I am after something small for cutting small branches, kindling and camping etc. does anyone know where I might find something that may fit my description? Thanks in advance!

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Re: Canadian Axe makers
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2017, 09:51:11 PM »
We had a thread awhile back that looked at Canadian made products.  I cannot recall any current axe makers on the list but you might go through this thread:

One old Canadian Axe company who was around until 1951 is listed here: 

You might be able to find one of their axes and it would make a fine gift.

There are likely others but I am not familiar with them.
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Re: Canadian Axe makers
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2017, 10:21:13 PM »
Hey J, I tried a couple searches. About the only thing I found was a book about CDN Axe manufacturers. I didn't save the link, but it's easy to find. Maybe the book would give you some names to look for- I didn't check the price of it. Dang that's not much help. Gosh it's too bad he's not living in China.
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Re: Canadian Axe makers
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2017, 04:54:12 AM »
Here are a couple from a Canadian Tire store That are made by a Canadian company called, Garant:

There are more here at the Garrant Company website to choose from:

Here is a little about the Grant company & their tools made in Canada:

I don't know if this is what you are looking for your dad, but it meets the qualifications of being made in Canada anyway.

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Re: Canadian Axe makers
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2017, 04:14:29 PM »
A couple brands to look for would be SMARTS out of Brockville and WALTERS from Ottawa. Both are long out of production but can be found online regularly. I have a couple and might be tempted for the right offer.


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Re: Canadian Axe makers
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2017, 09:29:54 AM »
I don't know if you are looking for older Canadian axe makers, but Rixford Mfg Co is one to look out for. They had a plant in St.Paul up until 1930. Some Rixfords are Vermont-made. Not sure if their axes were stamped to indicate where they were made...I've not handled a Rixford. The company wasn't around for a long time in Canada, but they manufactured fantastic axes, nonetheless. Walters Axe Co was around up until the '70s, they were based in Hull, Quebec. There's also Mann Axe and Tool Co from New Brunswick, which lasted from 1911 to 1943. You've got a lot of options  8)
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Re: Canadian Axe makers
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2017, 06:11:40 AM »
try look for a antique one in sound condition,
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Re: Canadian Axe makers
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2017, 02:39:07 AM »
Wood Trekker posted a few reviews of Garant products on his blog. I think he'd linked them on B&B at the time but I don't have the time to search for them.
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Re: Canadian Axe makers
« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2017, 05:09:58 AM »
Look for a good Canadian blacksmith that can make you a custom axe.  It would probably be no more expensive than a antique in usable condition.
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