Heavy heads are more fatiguing to use and are more difficult to achieve accurate strike placement. The greater overall weight also makes them harder to transport through the bush. Hatchets are the smallest type of axe, designed for one-handed use with a handle smaller than 14 inches. Single-bit hatchets can also be used like conventional hammers for a variety of bushcraft tasks , making them incredibly versatile. In fact, a hatchet’s versatility and lightweight, compact nature have made it a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. I don’t know if this is the place to post a question on fiberglass axe handle repair or not. Watch this YouYube video of the HammerMan replacing a fiberglass handle.
Also, put a drop cloth down if you are doing this in your living room, like I am here, lest you want to face the wrath of girlfriend and her vacuum. If you want to sand it, start with your coarsest sandpaper. I find that folding a sheet of sandpaper and then ripping it into small squares of 3″ by 3″ is the easiest way to do this. Sand the axe face in one direction only, going back and forth horizontally from the poll to close to the bit . Work your way from the coarsest sandpaper you have up to the finest until you like the results. After you are done soaking the axe, let it dry for at least a day and as long as three or four days. If you can, let the axe soak in the linseed oil bath for at least a day or two and as long as a week. Please remember that linseed oil is flammable and not pleasant to clean up. Be careful of fires, be they a flame or a spouse angry at the mess you made in the garage. If Ben Franklin wielded a speckled axe then there is no shame in you doing so, too.
Time conquers all, even the perfect beauty of an axe. Pitting is built up rust that divots the surface of the axe head and gives it the complexion of Manuel Noriega. If you were to design the perfect axe, that axe would be as smooth as a cue ball. Just like swimmers prefer the slickest wetsuits, axe men prefer the smoothest axe head. The most important consideration in deciding if an antique axe is a candidate for restoration is to make sure there is life in the bit. The bit is the “blade” of the axe, the part that either is or is supposed to be sharp.
As a firefighter with a rural mid-west fire district, I see more fiberglass handles in the fire service. My best guess is that it is a maintenance issue. They get used to chop things that would normaly make people cringe, like door hinges to name one. The handles get hit a lot, because when you’re tired your aim gets off. Yes it is dangerous to work tired, but you have to accomplish the mission. Fiberglass does not absorb the water and other junk like wood. They are exposed to all types of weather on the outside of apparatus. Wood used in fire axes doesn’t seem to stand up to exposure as well. I have seen dry rotted handles on fire apparatus.
Axes of smaller sizes can do the finishing work by chopping them further into smaller chunks. These axes are widely used for camping as well just because they can easily be packed and perform a function like bushcraft and clearing trails. Since then, I have purchased my wood cut, split and delivered for about $220 Cdn a cord. Eventually, when my kids get old enough to help, I’m going to head back to the woods to get my own firewood. For inquiries about our products or pricelist, please leave your email to us and we will be in touch within 24 hours. So if you’ve been looking for a high-quality axe that has many bonus features in the design then this could be the axe for you. The design is meant to make things much easier on you while also keeping safety at the forefront when chopping wood.
Owing to product innovation and novel packaging, our products enjoy a high reputation in the worldwide markets. The 36 inch fiberglass handle is the longest on this list, which is good for getting the amount of force you need with a maul. While this tool may not be the first choice for someone looking for an axe, this is one of the best mauls out there if that’s what you need. The fiberglass handle is 34 inches long, just like the Michigan axes. This is perfect for getting a full arc with your swing, getting plenty of force with the strike. It’s a durable, affordable design for getting a reliable shaft.
Construction is a pultruded structural fiberglass core with an injection molded jacket acting as an exterior body. The jacket is tough, durable engineered polymer. Extremely strong, non-conductive and non-corrosive. Have a look if there is a head bolt to remove as well. We offer a synthetic axe handle with an elliptical shape. It fits French hatchets and the axes of the Cold Steel brand.
Also, we have discussed the top three axe handle manufacturers to help you make a purchase right away. You can measure the length from the axe’s top edge to the knob situated at the bottom. However, the axe handle comes at a standard length of 36 inches. Also, the dark spots on the handle are the indication of the weak wood, and it will form a split after some time. Apart from that, lighter color streaks on the handle are not a cause of concern. The longest surviving axe handle manufacturing company, Tennessee Hickory, runs the business for the last ninety years.
The 1-1/2″ guard at the base of the head where it meets the handle really helps out a lot preserving the handle. Note the wood handle comes unfinished and the axe does need to be sharpened, nothing a little lynn seed oil, a file and some muscle can’t fix. I would recommend keeping some steel wool in your locker though, I try to clean the head as well as I can after each use but the head still collects a little rust regularly. Take a clean, dry rag or paper towel and wipe down the axe head and handle. Now apply linseed oil to the rag and rub down the entire axe. If you do not have linseed oil, just about any non-petroleum oil you have laying around will work. Canola, safflower, olive, etc. will all be fine.
I’m sure it would suck to have it happen and have fiberglass in your arms and probably your face and chest. A splitting axe has a head with thin cheeks and a sharp blade. Swinging an axe downwards splits the wood along the grains and breaks apart the fibers, unlike traditional axes, which go across. Handles come in different shapes, sizes and can be made of American hickory wood or of strong fiberglass material. American hickory handles with great grains orientations are very strong and can last long. Fiberglass or plastic handles are hollow, unbreakable and lightweight that allow you to work for hours without tiring.
The weighting and the balance gave you more force than you would think posable. Yes Doug, for that kind of work an overbuilt axe with a fiberglass handle might be a better option. When it comes to demolition, I’d rather have a Pulaski, maybe a big crowbar and/or a heavy maul. Anyway, I think the average outdoor enthusiast really shouldn’t dwell too long on the whole issue. Unless you do HEAVY chopping on a daily basis the extra durability of fiberglass just doesn’t matter. A wooden handle on the other hand is easier to replace when necessary. Looking through my collection of axes, it seems that I have a lot more fibreglass handles than I did five years ago. Some people want to add an extra level of hold to be safe.
Another option we give you is the paint color of the axe head in red or black. Handle options are Hi-Viz lime and orange, yellow or black fiberglass and traditional hickory. I do like a fiberglass handle with a handle protector for a splitting maul since they get a lot of abuse. 8.0# Pickhead fireman’s axe with a 34 1/2″ fiberglass handle. Cutting bit on one end and a pick designed to penetrate on the other. Cutting edge is approximately 6″ in overall length. Redesigned to punch through faster, penetrate more deeply, and come back for more. For those who prefer the brute force of a flat head axe. Fire Axe, Inc. applied their acclaimed design principles and production techniques to this heavyweight classic, increasing both its legendary cutting power and its durability.
If i must pick one with wood handle i will go for Cegga but he has yet to reply me. Great for family camping all the way to one man backpacking in backpacking. I just need something that can help build shelters, process wood and of course fell a tree if need be. Those full-metal throwing axes you sometimes see, usually made from one flat piece of steel? Their throw feels more like a knife and not like an axe. That’s why in European axe throwing competitions, you won’t get them approved. Axe head is joined to the handle with a strong resilient epoxy, forming a chemical and mechanical bond. The interior detail of the eye is tapered and allows for a strong mechanical bond. Identical to the original ‘Seagrave Axe’, the 6 lb Head is mirror polished steel and measures 12″ long, including the 5″ Pick.
There are many brands producing quality handles for the axes like Gransfors Bruks, Estwing, Fiskars, Husqvarna, and many more. Ax handles can be made of different materials as discussed below. Insert the new fiberglass ax handle into the bottom of the ax head. Stop when the top of the handle is flush with the top opening in the axe head. Remove the old ax handle by sawing off a wooden one as close to the ax head as possible, using a hacksaw or handsaw. If the old handle is fiberglass, saturate the top and bottom of the ax head with an epoxy solvent and let it sit for five to 10 minutes to dissolve the adhesive.