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Knife and Tool Discussion => Axes, Saws and Tomahawks => Topic started by: OutdoorEnvy on December 06, 2021, 10:38:49 AM

Title: Collins Cruiser Axe project
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on December 06, 2021, 10:38:49 AM
Well it only took around a decade for me to come by a cruiser double bit in my local area.  Picked up this Collins Cruiser double bit at a local antique store the other day.  So excited to have it!  Always wanted one and this is my first.  Will post project updates as I work on it. 

(https://i.imgur.com/grNzq4Vl.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Gpnd0gRl.jpg)

Head removed for cleaning up!

(https://i.imgur.com/LiL3wNkl.jpg)

Handle isn't quite saveable for a user axe... a wall axe it would be fine but I want to use this when I'm done so finding a new handle will be in order

stay tuned...
Title: Re: Collins Cruiser Axe project
Post by: wsdstan on December 06, 2021, 12:38:22 PM
I seemed to always want one but never found one small enough for what I do.  Yours looks like it will work well.  Good find.
Title: Re: Collins Cruiser Axe project
Post by: Sarge on December 06, 2021, 01:46:58 PM
She's a beauty! Good luck with it. Looking forward to seeing it finished.
Title: Re: Collins Cruiser Axe project
Post by: Mannlicher on December 06, 2021, 05:57:36 PM
that will make a great user ax after you get it spruced up.  Great find.
Title: Re: Collins Cruiser Axe project
Post by: crashdive123 on December 07, 2021, 04:18:20 AM
Nice!  Axe porn early in the morning.  Looking forward to seeing the progress.
Title: Re: Collins Cruiser Axe project
Post by: Moe M. on December 07, 2021, 08:16:33 AM

 Congrats, great find.   :thumbsup:

 Not being a lumber jack I've always been partial to small and medium sized axes,  I have a full sized Plumb double bit but never used it for wood cutting, I bought it new back in the eighties to use as a target for splitting round balls with my muzzle loaders, it worked well, and the handle remains unscratched.   :)
 I much prefer a boy's size axe, I have several vintage heads that I have rescued and put new handles onto that get used occasionally, when ever I get out to a hardware store I still check out the axes and I always surprised (don't know why) that all the new axes are so poorly made, most are cast, most made in Mexico or China, most too fat in the body and too short in head length, and most made more like wedges than fine cutting tools.
 It's not like they don't have models to copy from, it wouldn't take more material, and since they are mostly cast how hard could it be to make a mold that would turn out a decent axe head,  and most have lawyers edges, you have a hard time cutting cold butter let alone a pine sapling.
 Anyhow, congrats again, and please keep us in the loop as your project goes forward. 
Title: Re: Collins Cruiser Axe project
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on December 07, 2021, 09:22:45 AM
Thanks folks and I agree with you Moe.  I am glad Council Tool still makes a good user axes at fair prices.  I just wish more hardware stores carried them locally instead of those cheapos. 

Well here is a quick update on the cruiser.  Cleaned up the head.  I like the clean patina look myself and it is pretty easy to do.  I use a wire brush to knock off the big stuff to start.  Then I move to wet sand paper, usually 220 grit but anything around that works fine too.  I just keep using the sandpaper and wiping it clean as I go until I'm satisfied with the rust removal and the face is smooth.  Then wipe it down with rubbing alcohol for a final clean and then I rub oil into it.  And that's it.

First pic here is after the brush on the whole thing and one side I have wet sanded

(https://i.imgur.com/3o4Rbpp.jpg) 

Sometimes I like to keep whatever original paint or stickers may be left.  I tried to do that here.  Just going slow and gentle around those areas.  But this cleaned up well. 

(https://i.imgur.com/UlYBRorl.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/pTAOC9Nl.jpg)

I thought I would show a size comparison between a cruiser and a full size just in case some of you want a reference.  This Collins Specs are below as per my measurements

Weight    2.5lb
length bit to bit  8 3/8"
edge length 4"

Large double is a Mann 3.5lb about 10 1/2 " wide

(https://i.imgur.com/C5l2fCjl.jpg)

Well I will be getting together a handle order from House Handle Co. pretty soon.  I have multiple handles needed for projects so will get those ordered.  Next update will probably be edge work 

Title: Re: Collins Cruiser Axe project
Post by: wsdstan on December 08, 2021, 09:11:39 AM
Thanks for  the comparison photo.  I like the size of that Collins.
Title: Re: Collins Cruiser Axe project
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on December 08, 2021, 02:52:53 PM
Thanks for  the comparison photo.  I like the size of that Collins.

Your welcome Stan.  Cruisers are basically a double bit version of a boy?s axe.  Very handy size indeed!
Title: Re: Collins Cruiser Axe project
Post by: Dabberty on February 17, 2022, 01:01:18 AM
How is it going with the axe? Did you manage to get it hung already?
Title: Re: Collins Cruiser Axe project
Post by: windy on February 17, 2022, 06:02:34 PM
Nice find.  I love the Collins machetes and my Korean War vintage Hudson Bay style Collins; haven't found a cruiser yet.  Does anybody know if Collins ever made a Pulaski?  If so, I'm in the market for one!
windy
Title: Re: Collins Cruiser Axe project
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on February 22, 2022, 03:21:10 PM
I have not hung it yet.  Tried sourcing a handle locally and the couple that have carried them in the past no longer do.  I will be placing a handle order in the near future.  Hopefully a fun update soon!