That’s a cool thread thanks for sharing. He’s done a nice job with it! I’m no expert but I’d say he’s definitely gone to the more extreme lengths there - if you compare the gransfors carving axe with the robin wood one (non-northmen) you will see there is quite a difference in shape, yet both will function well as carving axes. So it’s entirely a matter of personal preference and if you’re just starting out then it’s hard to know exactly what that preference is. Which is why, for me at least, I think it’s worthwhile to get a cheap axe (like a Kent pattern or small hatchet), start carving with that, see what works and what doesn’t, then make changes or upgrade as you go. None of these axes will stop you from carving well, it’s just that some of them are much more dedicated to the task.Chris152":vzawsml3 said:
Absolutely, if it is hand forged the eye is formed by knocking a drift in from both sides, so it can't really end up otherwise.Chris152":1u36vkcz said:Is it normal for the hole in the axe head to narrow in all directions toward the centre of an axe head, with the top and bottom of the opening being wider?
Hmm. Didn't think of that when I carried on shaping last night...adrspach":29e1s4s4 said:When you fitting the shaft make it conical from half way down that it fits the bottom of the taper.
Looks great! If you're open to fixed blade knives then this little Mora is brilliant, I'm not much of a carver but I use it for everything (and it's brilliant for carving when I do end up doing some): https://wood-tools.co.uk/tools/wood-carving-knife/Chris152":9hgogmtf said:Hmm. Didn't think of that when I carried on shaping last night...adrspach":9hgogmtf said:When you fitting the shaft make it conical from half way down that it fits the bottom of the taper.
Top seems fine (the glued wedge went from about 1mm to 6mm and extends about 1/3 of the way down the head, couldn't ram it in any further):
The bottom, not so much!
Should I try to insert a wedge into that space? Is it just too dodgy like that to use for carving (I don't intend to be swinging it overhead)?
Overall tho, I'm really pleased with it - I shaped it to my hand and might make more changes as I get using it.
If you mean the bevel of the knife, I honestly couldn't say. I've actually never given any thought to the bevel angle of a knife. I think the best thing you can do is just play around with stuff like that and figure out what works for you.Chris152":1qld9vo5 said:Thanks Barto - I'll probably go with one, and maybe treat myself to a cheaper but decent folding knife for when I'm away. Preferably with a lock - I discovered the value of that the other evening, too.
What's a good angle to grind the bevel? I did both sides to 60 degrees but guess I could go to 45 or less?