Discussion in 'Everything Else' started by Stevie, Feb 2, 2016.
You're very modest, Paul.
God forbid, memories of the wood shed.
Your assumption is basically correct. The leuku is just the right weight and size to process the birch which is quite spindly with any altitude. Birch is by far the most important resource after reindeer and the knife shape has been tuned over centuries to be as light and as capable as possible, able to do everything including skinning and defence. Fuel for the fire and shelter poles will generally never be more than ~50mm diameter.
At the risk of sounding like a knob (not that this has been a deterrence previously) are the flexible steel wire wood cutters just ***** or do they work; I just imagine they would be lighter?
I'd love to make a comment here.......
They work about as well as gaffer taping eating forks to your boots to climb an icefall.
I've found that to be OK up to iv*
*OK, I was a bit of a lettuce when climbing iv
They do work.
For about 1 minute... Then dull or break
Well, the ones I tried as a youth did.
I have a hultafors hunting axe great for chopping decent size logs for my multifuel burner at home , and i use a lighter wilkinson sword one for kindling , got hulta from ebay for va very good price .
Wetterling forest axe
Late reply, but I really like billhooks for light brush clearing ect. Or even what Dad calls a "slasher" which is a billhook like blade on a long pole. I have no idea how old these are, but I think they his parents' at least.
Blast from the past!
Funnily enough last winter and this I've used the tools described below much more again last winter and this, due to getting asked to do more hedgelaying again. Last winter several hundred metres. This week steeped 50m over 3days - Young hazel I planted on a garden boundary 7 years ago.
For a well made british axe, take a look at Robin Wood's bushcraft axe https://wood-tools.co.uk/tools/bushcraft-axe/ I have both this and the carving axe, beautifully made.
Oh and a folding silky saw, which I'm never without in the woods, that or my fixed silky saw.
Found this two little beauties in the local hardware shop...would they work for light bushcraft and garden prunning?
I can't see why not, I must confess, I'm getting the urge for a small axe / hatchet, the Bear Grylls Gerber hatchet is small and lightish.
Hard to tell without seeing the business parts?
I.e the bevel and end profile (from above)
As in it's a jest that you are considering the BG axe for serious use?
Just saw one in Go outdoors. Looks like a toy?
Nope, no jesting, have watched a few Youtube video's of them going through the motions, don't get me wrong, this isn't for felling trees but for general smallish work it's more than capable imho.
Intrigued, I just started watching this one:
At 5minutes he has a go at gnawing a green stick with it. I gave up after that.
I can go through a similar diameter stick of ash with a billhook or hatchet in a single clean stroke . Obviously they are a bit heavier, but what price clean cuts and no tendonitis?
.Edit. Sorry Being bit rude about it. But I've spent a good many days in my life hitting sticks with sharp metal and I just think these plate steel tools are a waste of energy and money.
Lightness is their only virtue.
This one Paul linked to is a similar weight and going to be far superior I reckon
@Mole yeah I cringed when I saw that, horses for courses
@Mole what to look for at "bevel and end profile from above"?
Well, just that they aren't too fat and wedge shaped like a splitting axe. As however sharp they are, it will be hard for the axe to cut through. Conversely, if you try to split bigger wood with a thin profile axe it tends to stick in rather than split.
Your axes in photo had their blades covered, so impossible to tell much?
But being for the European market, rather than a lot of cheap tat sold in British hardware stores, they are probably ok.
A friend imports Italian and Greek pattern axes. They seem good
@Mole some pics
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