Hey Folks, long time no see here. New job and life has me busy. Anyways, wanted to share a post about putting together my ideal axe. This axe, while not my favorite(boys axe size), will be the one I carry most of the time. My region doesn't need a 3/4 axe a lot of the time and my shorter day jaunts and hunts don't need an axe of that size. This is on the smaller side of a half axe, or maybe the large side of a hatchet. Either way you want to look at it, it will be very handy for use and packability for me.
OAL: 18.25 inches
Head Weight: 1.75lb (Plumb Cedar Axe pattern)
Edge length: 3 7/8-4 inches
Here is the build process
thinning down the shoulder for a nice transition.
top of eye
bottom of eye, if you look closely you can see this eye was not punched straight on the bottom. This is not a big deal to fit but it is different to get the edge straight with the handle, which is all that matter when when hanging an axe.
that's looking pretty good.
straight alignment even with the crooked eye.
After using this a little I decided the end of the handle needed a little shaping to make it better and I also added a little wood stain to highlight the grain lines for some quick character appeal. Here is the final axe
thanks for looking