Link of the Day: I'm gonna put this one under "head scratcher". I'm not putting it down, it is a very interesting and well designed site, I'm just not sure what the overall purpose is? Art a'la manly-man? The thing that I do find interesting is the axe sling. However, I'll use my pack basket until I find one necessary. Then I'll build one for $10.00. This is not a slam. This is not a slam. This is not a slam. I just don't get it. My grandfather saw a painted axe handle one time and said, "You know what's under that paint? Grain, crooked as yer Aunt Tilley!" Decide for yourself: http://www.bestmadeco.com/
Will the Wooden Axe Handle Go the Way of the Dodo Bird? By Outsourced Andy
I went to Home Depot today. Walmart yesterday. The local hardware store the day before. I'm not really an "axe person" as the case may be, but I have been checking into this blog off and on and enjoying the content.
I noticed several things. At Wal-Mart, I couldn't find an axe. Why? I found spades, shovels and other hand-working implements. I asked an associate about axes and he looked back at me kind of blankly and said, "Must be outta season". I'll remember that when trying to shove a round of oak 16 inches on the butt in my wood stove over Thanksgiving.
At Home Depot, I asked the associate about axes. He pointed me to 3/4 sized Estwing and stated that it was even small enough to us in his living room. "Must be single", I thought. Estwing does make a fine axe, but I wanted to see what else was available. He pointed me to the hand tool section and off I went down the aisle as the dancers in orange aprons floundered around me as though they were in the Nutcracker.
What I found in the rack of axes and chopping implements was.......sad. Everything had a fiberglass handle. All heads forged in a different country. Price tag? Cheap. But what is the real cost? I read on here the other day that Mike Hotel was looking for a handle with a decent grain and couldn't find one - there wasn't even a handle to be found at Home Depot. Why, I thought? Because fiberglass handles will last until you decide you want to by a new axe or maul. There is no art. There is no grain. There is no room for debate between straight or curved handle. Just fiberglass.
So I went to my local hardware store. More fiberglass, with a few replacement handles, but the pickings were slim. The grain was off. The quaility was lacking. Who knows where it was made. I struck up a conversation with one of the clerks about the poor quality in the handles. His response, "Buy fiberglass, it'll last you until you need a new one."
I've seen axes on here passed down through generations. Why would you need a new one? My question is, when will the beloved bushcraft companies start selling handles from composite materials.......wait. I think that's happening right now.
That's all for today, folks. Email me if you want to shoot the breeze, steam off a complaint or write a guest article.
Pax Domini Sit Semper Vobiscum,
Mike, Oscar, Hotel..........out.