More vintage tool YouTube videos, the good, the bad, the ridiculous: Axe follies again.


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

Hey folks! It’s time to critique some more YouTube videos of folks using (and misusing) old tools!

First up is a video that is mostly a win (YAY!)! Good solid video of felling a tree with an axe, especially clearing the junk away from the tree first so you have good, safe, footing. The only downsides I can find to this one is what looks like a short axe handle (use a full length 36″ handle for best power with a felling axe and it will save you time and effort) and a ridiculous bit (big honking wide curved bits on chopping axes are NOT better).

In the DO-NOT-EVER-DO-THIS-YOU-WILL-GET-HURT category, we have this video. Do not EVER try to hold an axe head with one hand and file it with the other. You will not have enough control to work safely and there’s about a 95% chance of you coming in contact with the sharp edge. No matter what kind of file or edge you’re working on, 2 hands on the file at all times!

Most ridiculous axe award of the day goes to this video. This axe is definitely shaped as a chopping axe but 6.6 lbs is WAY too heavy to control safely unless you’re Arnold Schwarzenegger. Also, this axe has a LONG bit and not nearly enough poll to balance it out, making it hard to control. Add the extremely heavy weight to the balance issues and it’s a disaster waiting to happen.

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