Sunday, December 12, 2010

Properly Defining the Anatomy of an Axe

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Link of the Day: . May not be cost effective for those of us here in the States, but for you fellas across the pond, this may be a good source for your sickness.  I remember when I moved from Maine to Colorado I didn't see a whole lot of things (i.e. architecture, antiques) that I considered "old".  Maine was settled much earlier than Colorado, that's why.  I had a friend who visited Ireland one time.  He was walking through a field by a river and stepped over what he considered to be an old rock wall.  He asked his buddy, an Irishman how long the rock wall had been there.  "Oh, not long a'tall, my friend," he replied, "maybe 400 years."  I'd love to tool hunt in Europe.  I bet you could find crazy old stuff.

 Properly Defining the Anatomy of an Axe

All Terms Roughly Borrowed  from The Ax Book, by D. Cook

I've only been into axes a short while.  It all started with a hatchet I got at Big Lots and has slowly exploded from there.   What I didn't know is that there are words to properly define different parts of the axe.  You probably know them all.  I didn't, so I'm sharing what I learned in The Ax Book.

Axe Head.  If you have trouble remembering this one, you should not be at this blog. :)

The "Bit", otherwise defined as the cutting edge.

 Upper Corner or "Toe" of the Bit.

Lower Corner, or "Heel" of the Bit.

The Eye.

The Poll (or back of the axe), according to D. Cook, "a solid mass of metal that aids balance and control of the axe.  He also adds, "The poll should not be used as a hammer.":

That's all for today folks!

Pax Domini Sit Semper Vobiscum,

Mike, Oscar, Hotel.....out.

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