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PostSubject: AAD = Axe Acquisition Disorder   Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:59 am

Yeah...I don't collect knives, per se, but sometimes one just calls out. It's like my recent binge with axes. I kind of discovered the Husqvarna line of Swedish forged steel axes and had a major episode of AAD. Thank God they only have three! They do a 15" hatchet, a sweet Carpenter's Axe with 2.2 lb head and 19" handle and a 26" Multipurpose equivalent to a Scandinavian Forest Axe. Steel is high carbon tempered to a Rockwell of about 57-58. Handles are straight grain American Hickory. The thing is they have minimal hand finishing done...butvare 1/3 the cost of their Gransfors Bruks equivalent. So you pay $60 instead of $170. I also picked up one of what I'm guessing is one of the few remaining Wetterlings Foresters Fine Axes. Not an easy item to find and to my mind as close to the ideal Bushcrafting Axe as is available with it's 1.25 lb head and slim graceful handle of 23-24". The Husqvarna axes are made by either Wetterlings or Hultifors (where they have been making axes continuously since the 1600's!).

Here's the Husqvarna trio:











And this is the Wetterlings Forester's Fine Axe:




Here's a fun size comparison looking at 4 popular axes:


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PostSubject: Re: AAD = Axe Acquisition Disorder   Sun Apr 17, 2016 8:01 pm

I like axes as well, though I admit to not having much occasion to use one these days, as I order my firewood cut, split and stacked Embarassed , and I haven't been camping in years.  That said, here are two of mine - a Marble's Safety Axe and a Marble's #9 Belt Axe (or are they hatchets?  I never did know the difference).  Neither of these are vintage, but they are Gladstone products before Marble's moved their production to Pakistan...



Love your photo of the Wetterlings Forester's Fine by the way!
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PostSubject: Re: AAD = Axe Acquisition Disorder   Sun Apr 17, 2016 9:26 pm

I regret to inform you that while the Axe is indeed mine, the photo is not.

God bless Google image search.

BTW...call it an Axe or a Hatchet, whatever you want...
it seems like the break point of calling something an axe is more than 16".
Either that or anything one can get two hands on to use is an axe.
Just guessing.

I love the Husqvarna items because of the value.
I love the Wetterlings Forester's Fine Axe because of the design.
I also have a Stihl Splitting Hatchet that is awesome. Burley fer sure.

This one has a 19.75" handle and a 2.75" head.




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PostSubject: Re: AAD = Axe Acquisition Disorder   Tue Apr 19, 2016 4:43 am

I'm a proud owner of a Husqvarna hatchet.



It's light and small enough to run/trek with it, and it's versatile enough to fell a acacia tree thigh-thick, split dry logs 50+ cm wide in diameter, cut watermelon slices, bacon strips or carve a roasted hog. All of that actually happened on a same day Very Happy

Gränsfors' axes are double the price of Husqvarna's, and considering how easier it was for me to do all the chores with a good quality hatchet, compared to how my friends struggled with same chores and full-sized but cheap axes - I just might pay what it takes.

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PostSubject: Re: AAD = Axe Acquisition Disorder   Tue Apr 19, 2016 5:47 am

I would LOVE to find a Gransfors Hatchet for twice the price of the Husqvarna!

Check out what Amazon USA is asking for Gransfors Bruks products right now.

http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=gransfors+bruks+hatchet&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=80722850768&hvpos=1o2&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=13665170951078296725&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=t&ref=pd_sl_1kr920ipm6_e


I bought my Husqvarna 13" Hatchet for $35 USD. An equivalent size in the Gransfors is now over $200 USD.
A Wetterlings Hatchet of the same size is about $100 USD. CRAZY!

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PostSubject: Re: AAD = Axe Acquisition Disorder   Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:12 am

I guess it's just a question of the Husqvarna price here, rather than Gransfors being cheaper Very Happy
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