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« on: March 07, 2014, 10:20:18 pm »
  Question: I  recently bought what I thought was a broad axe in great condition, 6.5" cutting edge, o.a. length 19.5", and a mirror sharp single bevel edge. It had been in a display cabinet in a local old-school hardware store, and the only markings was "hand forged" stamped on the side.
 The pol is not angled, but the handle is.
  I replaced the old handle, made leather sheath, and noticed something. . .the face has no radius, it's as straight as an arrow, but looking down it's cutting length it has a cup to it, both the top and bottom flare to the right (it's beveled  on the right, flat side on the left).

Can somebody explain to me what it is that I bought?

And what is it's use?

Thank you gentlemen, I do appreciate the education you have given me.
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Re: broadaxe
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2014, 11:04:48 pm »
Could you post a picture of it?  From your description, it sounds like it might look something like #42 below?

 
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Re: broadaxe
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2014, 11:50:16 pm »
Yes, Brian-weekley, that is it exactly.  Good pull!
Now what can you tell me of it?
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Re: broadaxe
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2014, 07:00:37 am »
Broad axes came in many shapes, sizes, and styles.  The handles are suppose to be offset so you don't rap your knuckles when hewing.  Here's a demo of hewing a log...


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Re: broadaxe
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2014, 09:32:51 am »
Anyone else notice the world's most book-matched barn in the background? :D
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Re: broadaxe
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2014, 11:47:26 am »
Thank you Brian, I appreciate the video as it does explain the cupping, but why the straight vs. radius edge?  Is it for greater control over the final shaving?
Thank you.

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Re: broadaxe
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2014, 01:53:57 pm »
#42 is more of a carpenters hatchet for shaping, not hewing.
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Re: broadaxe
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2014, 03:53:49 pm »
Anyone else notice the world's most book-matched barn in the background? :D

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« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2014, 04:13:02 pm »
No, no prizes today. :D I think Jack should enter the barn for a Guinness book of world records for bookmatching. ;D
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Re: broadaxe
« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2014, 07:26:40 pm »
Broad hatchet.  Most useful to have a pair of opposites.

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Re: broadaxe
« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2014, 10:15:32 pm »
  Thank you for the education, do appreciate it!
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Re: broadaxe
« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2014, 04:54:02 pm »
My Granddad called his a "hand axe".
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