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Offline Gurthy

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Economical pack axe recomendations please
« on: March 11, 2012, 05:43:27 PM »
I need to replace my Gerber Sport Axe badly... it just is not a good design for chopping and I actually think the bad balance and funky shape makes it dangerous.

I'm looking for something to chop and do some splitting (wood 4-5" across). Ideally it would be 19" or less to fit inside my day pack. Gransfors and Wetterlings are out of the budget for now, plus I'd like a "starter" tool so if I screw it up badly when I learn to sharpen it I will not feel too bad LOL.

I'm considering the Council Tool Hudson Bay 18" and the Bahco 19".

I'd appreciate any input on either the two I mentioned or something else I should consider.

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Re: Economical pack axe recomendations please
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2012, 06:41:59 PM »
Read some reviews on CT axes and talked to a few friends heard they are killer  for the price plus they are made here big  win for me right there :D
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Re: Economical pack axe recomendations please
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2012, 06:51:00 PM »
Yep, CT has good reviews and Bahco's aren't too bad either, from what I've heard. I don't think you could go wrong with either.
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Re: Economical pack axe recomendations please
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2012, 07:06:52 PM »
Council tools, if you're gonna be really chopping, at least get the boys axe.
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Re: Economical pack axe recomendations please
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2012, 07:34:15 PM »
For an economical pack axe, I don't think you could go wrong with the Council Tool Hudson Bay.  I have the version with the 28" handle and I am happy with it - really a joy to use for light processing of firewood for campfires, and shelter building.  No problems with the head loosening on the handle, which is sometimes an issue with the dry climate here.
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Re: Economical pack axe recomendations please
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2012, 08:22:58 PM »
Thanks for the responses guys!

I'm going with the CT Hudson Bay.... since I'm looking for a light duty tool for the pack I'll be going with the 18" handle for now, but I'm sure I'll be asking the same question about a bigger axe in the future  ;D

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Re: Economical pack axe recomendations please
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2012, 06:58:18 AM »
Sounds like to picked a good one.  We'll look forward to hearing about it once it arrives and gets a workout.
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Re: Economical pack axe recomendations please
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2012, 07:47:17 AM »
That's a great choice Gurthy.  You can always put a longer handle on that head too if you ever need to.  It will be interesting to hear how you like it.  So many people get the 28" handle that I haven't really heard anything on the 18" one. 
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