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Post in 'The Gear' started by KodiakII, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. KodiakII

    KodiakII Feeling the Heat

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    Been waiting for what seemed like an eternity (but was only 4 days), but my new Granfors Bruks splitting maul came today...:)
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    Here he is with his Swedish brothers and their half brother.
    Wanted to get out before the next storm hits tomorrow and give it a try. Just wished it had a longer handle like the X27.
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  2. Jack Fate

    Jack Fate Feeling the Heat

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    nice pic, very aesthetically pleasing tool you got there,I'd hang her in the living room when not in use
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  3. Vande

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    OK, I'll bite, never heard of them, whats the appeal? Looks good, what's the cost, where did you get it, etc etc.
  4. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

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    Legendary quality forestry tools from a centuries old forge.Kinda pricey but not for how they're made.All individually hand forged,each one signed with master blacksmith's initials who made it.Also the company makes excellent drawknives,adzes & other shaping/carving tools used in log home building,timber frame construction & sculpture.

    Definitely worth the money & an heirloom you'd be proud to pass down.
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  5. tbuff

    tbuff Feeling the Heat

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    Show off! Lol
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  6. Vande

    Vande Member

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    Thanks Thistle, checked out the site, nice stuff. I am a contractor/carpenter, I appreciate good tools and the longevity they bring with them. Looks like that maul is something I would use as well.
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    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    Good thing you have a fiskars so you don't need to use it :p

    In all seriousness, very nice! I look forward to reading further reviews of it.

    pen
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  8. KodiakII

    KodiakII Feeling the Heat

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    I wanted a maul a little heavier than the Fiskars so I did some reading on them watched a youtube video, and had to have one. Shopped around online a bit and found one a little cheaper at a Canadian outdoor store in Toronto, they were cheaper than Lee Valley and had free shipping. A little "spendy" and just under 200 clams Canadian, but it is something I will pass on to my son.
    Initial testing as I said I wished it had a longer handle like the X27, but in the White Ash I was in this afternoon I think it performed a bit better than the Fiskars..at least in my mind after getting the bill for it!
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  9. nate379

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    Been years since I've split a log by hand ;lol;em
  10. KodiakII

    KodiakII Feeling the Heat

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    Guy at work looked at it this morning and told me if I paid any more than 40 bucks for it they saw me coming!;em He just about crapped in his drawers when I did tell him.
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    Jack Fate Feeling the Heat

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    Walmart mentality _________
    Bet their shoes are from china too

    I looked into to collecting these about 20yrs ago
    I love quality stuff , harder & harder to find

    Myself I'd buy GB before the Fiskars
  12. ScotO

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    Nice spread there, Kodiak! Those GB tools are definately legendary.....
  13. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

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    Some people you just cant reach no matter how many times you explain it.They obviously cant tell what quality is.I'll bet if he burns wood too,its probably cut 2-3 weeks max before throwing it in the fire. ;)
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  14. Vande

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    I have hammers that I have spent more then what you should. But I still have those hammers. When I reach for them, they do the job better and with less argument from my body. When I see people spend money on say, a timberwolf splitter, I can appreciate the quality of the product and the appreciation of the purchaser. Has anyone ever seen how much old planes, draw knifes, moulding planes etc sell for at auctions. If the original purchaser was around at the auction, they would have said they should have bought a dozen. Kodiak use that GB and enjoy every minute of it.
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  15. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

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    Tell me about it.I sold quite a few various tools over the past 2-3 yrs when needing extra cash,selling duplicates etc.But some of my best heavy cast iron or dovetailed steel 19th century british planes can go for anywhere from a couple hundred to almost a grand each.The market is down from its peak of 2008-09 because of the crappy economy,so you wont get as much now,but I havent lost money on any of my tools yet.Some havent made much profit,but at least got my money back.So that's OK.Use them 3 to 10 years,sell for what they cost or a bit more,sometimes 30-50% profit.That's a rare exception though.

    Its nice to use something that 3-5 generations before you used.The fact that its well made & taken care of is the reason its still in good shape & not abused/beat to death like other items
  16. MasterMech

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    Same here. Have chitty HF 3 lb sledges at work, pounding out one job actually hurts. My personal toolbox has 2 Snap-On deadblow ballpeen hammers in it. 16 and 32 oz. and what a difference. Not only are they damned persuasive ;lol, I can bang away all day and not have the shock fatigue that kills my hand/arm.

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