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I just bought my first axe... and I don't have a fire! Atlas Trade 4½lb axe. 518

Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,010
I just bought my first axe... and I don't have a fire! Atlas Trade 4½lb axe.
« on: May 27, 2019, 11:47:24 AM »
I went into a store this evening looking for something else and saw these Atlas Trade 4½lb axes on clearance for $15NZD (less than $10USD). I couldn't leave the store without buying one. Heckydern, cheap axes or even just handles cost at least three times that here. It's made in China but has a 25 year warranty.
I picked the best looking one out of the three left - the grain lines were closer together (which I figured might be stronger :think:) and run almost vertical, although it does run out a little on the sides in some places.



It's nothing fancy but most of my garden tools are this brand and I am happy with them. Feels OK in the hand although I am yet to give it a proper swing.
Oh and it kinda matches my Bahco hatchet.  :D



Global Moderator Point Of No Return Posts: 36,498
Re: I just bought my first axe... and I don't have a fire! Atlas Trade 4½lb axe.
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2019, 12:01:38 PM »
Who has them on clearance?
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,010
Re: I just bought my first axe... and I don't have a fire! Atlas Trade 4½lb axe.
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2019, 01:36:09 PM »
The Warehouse. Get in.  :pok:

Global Moderator Point Of No Return Posts: 36,498
Re: I just bought my first axe... and I don't have a fire! Atlas Trade 4½lb axe.
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2019, 02:09:13 PM »
I'll be in town on Friday and maybe Rolly on Wednesday, will get one if there are any left.   :cheers:
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,010
Re: I just bought my first axe... and I don't have a fire! Atlas Trade 4½lb axe.
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2019, 02:20:45 PM »
I'll be in town on Friday and maybe Rolly on Wednesday, will get one if there are any left.   :cheers:
Kewl. If not I could grab you one from here.
They are BIG.

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Re: I just bought my first axe... and I don't have a fire! Atlas Trade 4½lb axe.
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2019, 03:56:25 PM »
Nice score!  :tu:

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Zombie Apprentice Posts: 12,963
Re: I just bought my first axe... and I don't have a fire! Atlas Trade 4½lb axe.
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2019, 08:36:50 PM »

Hard to beat at that price  :tu:

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No Life Club Posts: 1,263
Re: I just bought my first axe... and I don't have a fire! Atlas Trade 4½lb axe.
« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2019, 03:17:24 AM »
Wow, 15 buckeroos is worth taking a punt on  :tu:
No Life Club Posts: 3,863
Re: I just bought my first axe... and I don't have a fire! Atlas Trade 4½lb axe.
« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2019, 04:33:57 AM »
$10 even in American dollars is a steal. Our local stores would want something like $20-25 for a comparable axe, even with Chinese origin. From the design of the head, it looks quite sturdy. My first axes were actually free--rusted up old beaters (all older True Temper/Kelly; some dating to the early 1900s) I found scattered around a property we leased at the time that I still use, though they have mostly been replaced by a Ochsenkoph made Stihl 800 gram hatchet. Most I screwed up learning to sharpen, and ended up making them blunt. Hope with those goof-ups I didn't mess up the heat treat since I largely used a Dremel.   Granddad gave me an old bench grinder, and I'm using my old China and India made el-Cheapos to practice reprofiling them.
Global Moderator Point Of No Return Posts: 36,498
Re: I just bought my first axe... and I don't have a fire! Atlas Trade 4½lb axe.
« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2019, 01:20:10 PM »
Down here they are $30 on clearance.
Went to three shops, looked through approx 20 of them but couldn't find one that had both a good handle and a good head.
Looked through the smaller ones, also the hatchets, not a single good example.
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,010
Re: I just bought my first axe... and I don't have a fire! Atlas Trade 4½lb axe.
« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2019, 02:01:27 PM »
Shame... what sort of flaws?

Global Moderator Point Of No Return Posts: 36,498
Re: I just bought my first axe... and I don't have a fire! Atlas Trade 4½lb axe.
« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2019, 08:41:02 AM »
Handle shapes, grain lines, handle to head fit, head shapes, head grinds etc.

 

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