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My New Husqvarna Forest Axe

au Offline TazzieRob

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My New Husqvarna Forest Axe
on: September 05, 2017, 04:01:46 AM
I bought this last week after I saw them in my local Husky dealer when I went to get a new battery for my ride on lawn mower / lawn tractor. At $77 on the shelf, I didn't think that was too bad. I looked at the Hatchet offering, and it was very rough in comparison, with a very wonky poll. This one isn't quite square, but not too bad



The wood in the eye looks to have been split out a little from the hydraulic press fitting of the circular metal wedge, and looks like it might even have a varnish on the end grain



Grain orientation is a little better than 45. Unfortunately, this was the only offering so didn't get to choose the best, or rather, this WAS the best offering



The grind is quick and dirty, but has a usable, sharp edge



The leather sheath is poor fitting and have seen cases where the rivets have damaged the edges in transport due to no welt between the layers. Mine might have a slight roll but can't really be seen in this pic



Will give the edge some work, maybe think about a new sheath, and oil the handle.
I'll have to take a group shot of all my axes for comparison.


us Offline Poncho65

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Re: My New Husqvarna Forest Axe
Reply #1 on: September 05, 2017, 04:48:41 AM
I have the forest axe, hatchet and carpenters axe :tu: Of those my favorite is the carpenter axe :cheers: They are all great though but I agree the sheath on the forest axe isn't my favorite thing and the same one comes on the hatchet :facepalm: Fortunately the sheath on the carpenters axe is better quality (or at least was when I bought mine :tu: )  Still for the money they are very good axes in my  opinion :like:

Thanks for the pics :tu:


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Re: My New Husqvarna Forest Axe
Reply #2 on: September 05, 2017, 08:23:42 AM
I have the forest axe, hatchet and carpenters axe :tu: Of those my favorite is the carpenter axe :cheers: They are all great though but I agree the sheath on the forest axe isn't my favorite thing and the same one comes on the hatchet :facepalm: Fortunately the sheath on the carpenters axe is better quality (or at least was when I bought mine :tu: )  Still for the money they are very good axes in my  opinion :like:

Thanks for the pics :tu:

The hatchet at the shop seemed to have an even looser sheath than this one. I'm thinking maybe a bit of leather bootlace wedged down inside would at least prevent any edge damage from the rivets, or I could drill the rivets out, add a welt and stitch and rivet back together. The button snap just needed to be a fraction tighter then it wouldn't be so loose.


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Re: My New Husqvarna Forest Axe
Reply #3 on: September 05, 2017, 08:48:12 AM
Nice find. Curious to see how it will work out
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"And now, it's time to hand this over to our tame race axe driver. Some say, he can live in the forest for six months at a time without food, and he knows of a secret tribe of only women where he is their God. All we know is, he's call the Styx!" - TazzieRob


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Re: My New Husqvarna Forest Axe
Reply #4 on: September 15, 2017, 10:52:44 AM
I'm sure your message is very good. Get a lot of benefits.


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Re: My New Husqvarna Forest Axe
Reply #5 on: September 15, 2017, 06:47:45 PM

Rob  :salute:

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Re: My New Husqvarna Forest Axe
Reply #6 on: September 16, 2017, 07:05:53 AM
Did some chopping today, will add some photos when I get onto the computer tonight


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Re: My New Husqvarna Forest Axe
Reply #7 on: September 16, 2017, 09:37:39 AM
And? How do you like it after these few weeks?
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"And now, it's time to hand this over to our tame race axe driver. Some say, he can live in the forest for six months at a time without food, and he knows of a secret tribe of only women where he is their God. All we know is, he's call the Styx!" - TazzieRob


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Re: My New Husqvarna Forest Axe
Reply #8 on: September 16, 2017, 01:26:53 PM
Gave the edge a touch up with a sharpening stone and took it down the back yard



Bit into this wood ok, it is in varius states of decay, so probably softer than it would have been as it is a Eucalyptus which are rather hard











Liking it ok, little bit of a shock through the handle on the harder bits, still want to give it a bit of sanding and oil up


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Re: My New Husqvarna Forest Axe
Reply #9 on: September 16, 2017, 05:40:41 PM

I can't see the pictures Rob, is it only me?

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us Offline SteveC

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Re: My New Husqvarna Forest Axe
Reply #10 on: September 16, 2017, 06:04:27 PM
No pics showing for me 


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Re: My New Husqvarna Forest Axe
Reply #11 on: September 16, 2017, 07:49:44 PM
me three
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Re: My New Husqvarna Forest Axe
Reply #12 on: September 16, 2017, 11:42:42 PM
Smurfing piece of smurfsmurf.

Can you see them in this link?

https://goo.gl/photos/ktSsjVdQZeTyFBVV6


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Re: My New Husqvarna Forest Axe
Reply #13 on: September 17, 2017, 02:54:58 AM













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Re: My New Husqvarna Forest Axe
Reply #14 on: September 17, 2017, 04:20:50 AM
I could see the pics in post # 13

That stump does look pretty soft.
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Re: My New Husqvarna Forest Axe
Reply #15 on: September 17, 2017, 08:06:34 AM

Thanks Rob  :tu:

Were you looking for spiders?  :ahhh
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Re: My New Husqvarna Forest Axe
Reply #16 on: September 17, 2017, 10:35:17 AM
Is it just me or does the handle look a bit crooked?
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Re: My New Husqvarna Forest Axe
Reply #17 on: September 17, 2017, 10:43:14 AM
Is it just me or does the handle look a bit crooked?

Pic 3? I thought that too


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Re: My New Husqvarna Forest Axe
Reply #18 on: September 17, 2017, 11:40:04 AM
The handle is straight, but has those curves from the sideways profile are subtly showing as the pic isn't taken fully in line with the head and handle


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Re: My New Husqvarna Forest Axe
Reply #19 on: September 17, 2017, 01:09:54 PM
 :tu: :salute:


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Re: My New Husqvarna Forest Axe
Reply #20 on: September 17, 2017, 02:42:17 PM
great to know
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Re: My New Husqvarna Forest Axe
Reply #21 on: September 22, 2017, 01:54:31 AM
I'm having a go scraping down the handle a bit. No more logos or safety graphics


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Re: My New Husqvarna Forest Axe
Reply #22 on: September 22, 2017, 07:04:01 AM
I'm having a go scraping down the handle a bit. No more logos or safety graphics

Hope you will be wearing the right safety gear as you do this!  :pok:

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Re: My New Husqvarna Forest Axe
Reply #23 on: September 22, 2017, 07:57:25 AM
so you prefer a thinner handle?
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Re: My New Husqvarna Forest Axe
Reply #24 on: September 22, 2017, 08:52:25 AM
so you prefer a thinner handle?

Thinner than this, yes. I'll show some shots soon showing the difference between the hickory and spotted gum handles soon


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Re: My New Husqvarna Forest Axe
Reply #25 on: September 22, 2017, 08:53:44 AM
I'm having a go scraping down the handle a bit. No more logos or safety graphics

Hope you will be wearing the right safety gear as you do this!  :pok:

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Yep, I was wearing my hi vis shirt. Very safe  :salute:


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Re: My New Husqvarna Forest Axe
Reply #26 on: September 25, 2017, 08:17:14 AM
Bit of Handle Scraping









I took a little of the sweep off the bottom side, and a bit off both sides, may take more off, but will see how this feels


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Re: My New Husqvarna Forest Axe
Reply #27 on: September 27, 2017, 02:45:20 PM
Awarded Rob  :cheers:
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Re: My New Husqvarna Forest Axe
Reply #28 on: September 28, 2017, 02:05:23 AM
Awarded Rob  :cheers:

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Re: My New Husqvarna Forest Axe
Reply #29 on: September 28, 2017, 08:46:11 AM
off topic but does Husqvarna have some very odd ad campaign over there about being a real man? here apparently they think it is a great idea to insinuate that programmers aren't men (and they wonder how their site is having so many issues)
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"And now, it's time to hand this over to our tame race axe driver. Some say, he can live in the forest for six months at a time without food, and he knows of a secret tribe of only women where he is their God. All we know is, he's call the Styx!" - TazzieRob


 

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