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ESEE Candiru with micarta scales

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Gransfors Bruks Outoor Axe

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It only weighs 1lb, total. (Head weight is under 1lb.) Handle length is about 14 inches.

It interested me because it's about the same size and weight as an BK9 or ESEE Junglas II, and I wanted to see if a light axe like this was more useful than carrying a "big knife."

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It's about the same size as the Fiskars X7, but about 0.4 lbs lighter (and about 4 times the price). The hudsen bay style head also makes the Outdoor Axe a little easier to choke up on for slicing/carving work than the X7.

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An advantage of the X7 is it's ruggedness and low cost. The composite handles on these Fiskars X-series axes are nearly unbreakable. And at around $30 - $40 a pop, you can really work these axes hard without worrying about protecting your "investment." They also chop and split quite well. For backyard and fixed camp use, I expect that I still reach for my X7.

So far, I have been able to buck and split logs up to about twice the width of the axe head. It's work. But, it will pop chips reasonable well when chopping, and split a log of this size within a few good whacks (assuming there are no big knots).

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what was the cost? I looked but no pricetag.
 

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what was the cost? I looked but no pricetag.
If you're referring to the generator, I think it was somewhere between $50-60K. A lot numbers in building a custom home so I'd have to look it up to know for sure. The good news is I got to start the house before lumber price went stupider. The bad news is I still have to build my shop off the house. I was originally thinking of stick framing it to match the house, but now I'm considering a pole barn. I'll have to weigh my options this summer after the house is done.


 
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