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Old 09-26-2012, 01:17 PM   #3646
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Ha yes, that's a good point. I don't want to look like a total psycho pulling out a 4 inch blade to open a box from Staples... lol...
That's why I like my doug ritter version of the mini grip.
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:22 AM   #3647
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I think you will love it. I've actually been carrying the 581 Barrage regularly. A bit big but really high quality. Love the mini grip too....
Both sizes are pretty nice...

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Old 09-27-2012, 09:46 AM   #3648
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You say that like it's wrong.

I made my next door neighbor jump a bit yesterday at lunch - we ordered an appetizer that came in 3 pieces, and needed to divide one of them. I had palmed my EDC Kershaw (with a Carson-style flipper), when I opened it with authority, the resulting clack startled him. I got a good chuckle out of that.

He's not knife-phobic, we're talking about making custom kitchen knives.

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Ha yes, that's a good point. I don't want to look like a total psycho pulling out a 4 inch blade to open a box from Staples... lol...
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Old 09-27-2012, 12:54 PM   #3649
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Haha, well I do have to admit that I've been carrying the 581 Barrage recently..... psycho looking or not!
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Old 09-27-2012, 02:38 PM   #3650
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Two heads are better than one.

OK, not knives, but still, nice sharp shiny things. Granfors from Sweden. These are hand-made axes, the small one is their camp hatchet with a half-kilo head, the other is the small splitting axe with a kilo head.

They made pretty much every kind of axe a man could use including those for hewing timber. Finding those specialties can be a challenge.

I managed to hack into a drywall screw with the hatchet while splitting kindling, it knicked the blade but nothing like a cheaper blade and it took only a couple of minutes on the stone to clean it up.
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Old 09-27-2012, 06:40 PM   #3651
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I've heard nothing but praise for Gransfors.
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Old 09-28-2012, 03:24 PM   #3652
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I've heard nothing but praise for Gransfors.
Yes, they are awesome. Love the hatchet.
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Old 09-28-2012, 06:54 PM   #3653
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Two heads are better than one.

OK, not knives, but still, nice sharp shiny things. Granfors from Sweden. These are hand-made axes, the small one is their camp hatchet with a half-kilo head, the other is the small splitting axe with a kilo head.

They made pretty much every kind of axe a man could use including those for hewing timber. Finding those specialties can be a challenge.

I managed to hack into a drywall screw with the hatchet while splitting kindling, it knicked the blade but nothing like a cheaper blade and it took only a couple of minutes on the stone to clean it up.

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Old 09-28-2012, 08:31 PM   #3654
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Thanks for posting that - WOW, so that's what a real power hammer can do to hot steel - yeowzah. That guy made it look so easy - of course that was a relatively uncomplicated but NTL, the speed and faculty of his highly skilled movements - very cool.

I'm no axe man, but I love, and I mean love a good tool and these are art.
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Old 09-29-2012, 07:54 AM   #3655
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I've heard nothing but praise for Gransfors.
+1. Here's some more. I own several Gransfors axes, acquired them over the past decade. It's hard to describe what magnificent tools they are. Here's one of them, the big splitting maul. I don't have the little pamphlet handy so don't recall the exact name, but I've had this one for about 5 years and have used it a fair bit, including one long tough day last January when I split and stacked 2+ cords of firewood, helping out a friend. The maul performed perfectly.



I don't own a wood stove nor a fireplace in my home......although that's going to change in the next year or two.....but have taken the maul camping to split firewood. Maybe it's overkill for that and a smaller one would suffice. Maybe that'll give me an excuse to buy another one or two! In any case, I've never needed to take a file or stone to this bad boy. The edge is still nearly as keen as it was the day I bought it.



I also like the fact that the initials of the maker which are on the head of all Gransfors axes just happen to be the same as my own. Back to the edge, I have several axes and hatchets by this maker and they hold an edge for a very long time, much longer IMHO than cheap hardware-store axes.

Edit: I never go anywhere (well, aside from the office or grocery store.....or a trip on a commercial airliner, something I avoid as much as I can) without three things, a good knife, a rifle or handgun, and an axe or hatchet. Period.
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:28 AM   #3656
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Chris:

Thanks for posting that - WOW, so that's what a real power hammer can do to hot steel - yeowzah. That guy made it look so easy - of course that was a relatively uncomplicated but NTL, the speed and faculty of his highly skilled movements - very cool.

I'm no axe man, but I love, and I mean love a good tool and these are art.

That's actually a rotary press - it's not hammering material, but rather using an eccentric to run the press dies - and the whole bank of dies is the impressive part to me, everything you need to do a whole workflow in front of you. A real artifact of the transition from the pre-industrial smith, to the automated factory machine. A machine very much out of time.
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:26 AM   #3657
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That's actually a rotary press - it's not hammering material, but rather using an eccentric to run the press dies - and the whole bank of dies is the impressive part to me, everything you need to do a whole workflow in front of you. A real artifact of the transition from the pre-industrial smith, to the automated factory machine. A machine very much out of time.
Interesting. Yes, it's not a trip hammer, and I love the timing needed to work it. And I agree that the workflow setup is absolutely terrific - no wasted therbligs there.

But I would say that for their purposes there could be no machine better - I like that it's quiet rather than slamming. And it enhances the lifespan of each smith not having to do so much hand work.

One thing I found interesting is how much steel has to be removed in the grinding process, which of course makes forging less critical than it was back in the hand-grind to finish days.

Also, you can see the experience in the smith's fluid and smooth movements - every one of them is purposeful and he takes no more time than necessary at each step.
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Old 09-29-2012, 05:44 PM   #3658
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Spyderco Caly 3.5 with Hitachi Super Blue blade steel.






I also just picked up a new Hogue EX-01 hasn't arrived yet.
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Old 09-30-2012, 12:05 PM   #3659
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obviously it doesnt or they wouldnt be so popular and the feature wouldnt have been around for years, but you wouldve thought that big hole throught the thickest part of the blade would weaken spyderco's a lot?
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Old 09-30-2012, 12:12 PM   #3660
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obviously it doesnt or they wouldnt be so popular and the feature wouldnt have been around for years, but you wouldve thought that big hole throught the thickest part of the blade would weaken spyderco's a lot?

It's pocket knife, not a prybar.
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