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September 24, 2006

A couple weeks ago I was riding home and saw an interesting trash pile; there were automotive parts, bucket of rusty tools, and a trash can full of garage type stuff.  No, I can’t resist checking that out.

Found an unopened quart of 90wt gear oil (and I happen to need some!).  A pretty nice screwdriver that just needed regrinding (easy).  And an axe with a leather blade cover.  Looked pretty nice except someone had tried to chop a cinder block in half or something – the working edge was pretty ragged.

People look at you funny when you’re riding a bicycle down the street, carrying an axe.

This morning I reground and filed the cutting edge – good as new.  Except, when I want to cut branches I use a bow saw – I don’t know what I need an axe for.  It was just too nice to let it go to the landfill.  Do people still use axes?  Any Boy Scouts out there?

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  1. September 25, 2006 at 21:41 | #1

    Taking a bow saw camping, especially when backpacking or hiking, is not nearly as convenient as an axe.  It doubles for splitting wood (carryng a maul and large axe doesn’t appeal to most hikers), etc., but is mainly just plain cooler than a bow saw.

    Nice job, I need a bench grinder, I think.

  2. Ed
    September 26, 2006 at 07:30 | #2

    I used one last week for two hours until I got a neighbor’s chain saw.

    I fought the stump, and the stump almost won.

  3. September 26, 2006 at 17:48 | #3

    Yeah, stumps stump me and my axe, too.

  4. September 26, 2006 at 22:21 | #4

    People look at you funny when you’re riding a bicycle down the street, carrying an axe.

    I can only imagine.  You know DOF you could have had a lot of fun with that.  You should have put a crazed looked on your face, and rode the bike slowly and methodically. :coolgrin:

    I used one about 10 years ago.  I saw my Dad had one when I was trying to find something to use to cut some branches off my parents bushes.  I know what your thinking but they told me to do it. :cheese:

    It worked good till my brother found the thing with the handles that are pretty long, so it opens up wide and has a really sharp blade.  But the axe was pretty cool. :-P

  5. September 27, 2006 at 13:41 | #5

    Amusing.  But you have had annoying conversations with police before, so you understand why I would be reluctant to inspire people to start dialing the local constabulary.

  6. September 27, 2006 at 19:21 | #6

    Axe: useful for removing the heads of monarchs, their wives (cheaper than a lawyer) and cousins.  I have never done that, but have beheaded a pigeon which my cat had had mangled.  Demolished a shed with one, but mostly used it to split logs with which we heated the house for many years.

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