Tools

My search for an inexpensive forest axe

So in my search for a forest axe I have decided to take the low road. We all know of the big names Gransfors Bruks, Hultafors Bruks, Wetterlings etc. But a lot of people do not know that Husqvarna axes have been made by the big names for years. So I recently ordered the Husqvarna Multi-Purpose Forest Axe. I did not like the fit and finish of the axe at all. I knew it would be rough, because I have bought husky axes before. I have ordered another and will be updating this post then. First lets look at the axe overall.

We see the grain is far from the best, and as we look further we will see some knots as well

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Blade edge is ground very roughly, but it is sharp. This is pretty easily fixed, as I would have done some re-profiling anyway.

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You will see in the above image there is a knot right below the bit. I do not like this at all.

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In this photo it looks like there is a crack in the bit left over from forging. I may be picky. But I do not like this either.

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the overall alignment of the grain in the handle is not horrible. Could be better, could be worse.

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First independent FBI spec test on the G2 RIP round (there is no magic bullet)

First video, is his basic analysis of the physics of the round. Second video is against the state of the art Federal HST. As you can guess there was no barrier sawing observed

New collaboration on bushcraft knives between Dave Canterbury and ESEE knives

Everybody who knows me, knows I am a Dave Canterbury fan. I also own many ESEE knives, and products. With one of my favorites being the candiru. ( here is a pic of my personal candiru)

One of the things ESEE does not do well is bushcraft knives. If you are going to be surviving in a wooded area. A bushcraft knife I think would be preferred over a standard survival knife. One of my favorites is my woodsman, and woodsman pro from blind horse knives (now Battlehorseknives).

Woodman Scandi Grind

Woodman Scandi Grind

I am pretty excited to see what comes out of this collaboration. See the video from shot show below. It looks like the knives they show, are following the above knife design.

Winterizing the Hammock for the Common Man

I am a big of Dave and the Pathfinder School. I thought this was a great video. Personally, I like the Military casualty blanket for placing in the bottom of my hammock , reflective side up. Plus you have an extra sheltering item as it has grommets for tie offs. So you can pitch it if you have a need. It is also really good for creating a reflective break for a fire.  You can get one here