Hey folks, Just thought I'd do an update on the Council Tool FSS(Forestry Service Edidtion) Boy's axe. I just couldn't come around to the lacquer handle and the painted head. So now the handle is sanded and oiled and the head is clean. The way I like them. Well I've used this axe a bit since getting it and I'm loving it. Here it is in use on a dead standing oak about 6-7" wide. This axe bites deep and holds it's edge well. It's the best 3/4 axe I've used.
Here's a few more shots of the axe after paint and lacquer removal
Well I got the old Collins hatchet out for a little trial run to see how it performs.
good; the handle was very comfortable in full chopping motion and for
choking up on the head for finer work and about midway grip for
carving. So comfortwise I was very happy. The steel held up pretty
good. After the tasks I did below I really swung it hard into some well
seasoned wood and no damage at all. The steel held up great.
for the bad; I didn't get the edge thinned quite enough. The feather
sticks and curls weren't as good as I was hoping for but that's just 15
minutes or so with a file and I think I can have it performing those
tasks well too. I thinned out the bit some before using it but i like
to do this in moderation. You don't want it too thin so I like thinning
and checking it's performance so it's thinned just enough to where I
Overall though I liked it and after a little more filing I think it will be as good as anything on the market today
Well here's the pics for you axe folk
first was felling a dead tree that was around 4" wide
down, this felt like it took forever compared to the boy's axe I've
been using a lot lately. But it was biting good and deep.
up was some more chopping on the tree I felled, I bucked a log out of
it and it did pretty well. Better than I thought it would actually. I
forget to take a picture of the split log but it did fine in this role
for a hatchet.
were trying out some curls and feather sticks. The bit needs to be
thinned out a little more for this to be done well. I managed some but
it felt like a chore
that was about it. I gave it a run through the tasks I will be doing
with it. It'll be a great user for me when I don't need an axe.