A good axe

Submitted: Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 12:36
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I had a 3/4 axe for years but misplaced it. I would love to get a 3/4 or full size axe to take camping now. I dont want a "KMart" type axe. My old axe held its edge and was great to use.

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Trev
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Reply By: Bushranger1 - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 12:46

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 12:46
Fiskars.
I have only wood heating so split heaps of wood by hand. Never go back to a conventional axe after using one of them.
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Follow Up By: Member - eighty matey - Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 at 22:26

Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 at 22:26
Definately consider the Fiskars.

I have a 3/4 Fiskars, it's the best axe I've ever had and didn't cost a fortune.

Steve
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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 12:47

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 12:47
Hi Trev,

Have a look at the Fiskars range - link is here. Our son who does woodchopping for a sport (and knows a thing or 2 about axes) gave us one and we have been very happy with it.
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Follow Up By: Pathycop - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 13:02

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 13:02
Another vote for fiskars here. I have a X15. Perfect camping size and been put to good use this week. About $ 80 at bunnings I think. Do yourself a favour. Go out and buy it.
Graeme
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Follow Up By: Krooznalong - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 13:16

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 13:16
And another thumbs up for Fiskars. Excellent axe.
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Follow Up By: Warb - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 13:58

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 13:58
I have a Fiskars X15 axe, and also one of their splitters which has done a lot of work. They are both very good, reasonably priced and available at Bunnings etc. Certainly far better than the normal cheap axes sold at hardware stores or camping shops.

If, on the other hand, you want a real handmade "old style" axe, try the Sneddens KnockAbout Axe. It's $285, handmade in Australia, and almost too nice to use......
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Follow Up By: Member - Broodie H3 - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 15:06

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 15:06
I have an old Kelly axe that was our fathers and then my brothers and now is sitting in my carport do anything but what it was designed for, your welcome to it , it holds a good edge as long as you don't hit the ground with it, I still have my Kelly in the caravan.
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Follow Up By: Member - Allan H (NSW) - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 19:15

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 19:15
Fiskars again had one for 12 months cutting wood for home fantastic, it is also is used for a blockbuster which it designed for the purpose as well so 2 in 1, expensive but light and easy to use $119.00
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Follow Up By: Trevor G - Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 at 16:59

Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 at 16:59
Hi Broodie, thanks for the axe offer. I feel with that much history in your family it would not be right to take it.

Trev
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 at 18:08

Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 at 18:08
Another vote for Fisckars. I bought the X25 on Amazon out of the US for $43 plus $16 delivery to my door. It turned up in 5 days. The same axe was $120 at bunnings at the time.

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Reply By: Pushy - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 15:54

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 15:54
Agree Fiskars are good. So are Aussie Cyclone just check out the handle. Many companies are now using Chinese handles so that they can compete with the cheap but useless imports.

If the handle does not look like good Aussie hardwood either chose another or replace the handle before using. Many axes manufactured overseas even in Europe or USA are not made to be used on Aussie hardwood especially on the hard stuff found in the bush.

Be careful of hickory handles, most are now grown in China.

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Follow Up By: Member - Grundle (WA) - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 19:23

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 19:23
Hi Pushy,any idea where i can get a good handle in Perth.

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Follow Up By: Pushy - Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 at 10:28

Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 at 10:28
Grundle,

Unfortunately I am from Qld. Locally Krugers make good handles but I don't know if they retail into WA.

They have a basic website:-
www.krugers.com.au
and can be contacted at :-
admin@krugers.com.au
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Follow Up By: Member - Grundle (WA) - Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 20:24

Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 20:24
Thanks Pushy i will have a look

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Reply By: Notso - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 17:15

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 17:15
Yeah, I've got this terrific Kelly axe, had it for over fifty years, it's only ever had three new handles and two new axe heads!
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Follow Up By: happytravelers - Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 at 18:58

Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 at 18:58
I was waiting to see who would be first to come up with that one.
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Reply By: Member - Doug S (QLD) - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 19:08

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 19:08
G'day Trevor, Haunt the Op shops and second hand places or garage sales and you are sure to find a quality "old" axe, maybe even a Plumb brand. It will probably need a new handle as these get abused.

Cheers, Doug S..
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Reply By: Trevor G - Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 at 17:03

Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 at 17:03
Thanks for all the feedback. Going to have a look at the fiskas.

Trevor
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Follow Up By: ben_gv3 - Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 at 20:53

Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 at 20:53
Also check out Amazon. They have Fiskars and word is they are still cheaper then buying here inc postage.
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Follow Up By: Mark - Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 at 13:04

Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 at 13:04
Also pick up a Fiskars sharpener as they work really well.
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Follow Up By: Mark - Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 at 13:06

Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 at 13:06
This one http://www.amazon.com/Fiskars-7861-Axe-Knife-Sharpener/dp/B0000950Q4
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