Aug 13, 2010

Axed

This is the latest object of my desire. What you may only see as an axe, I see as a beautiful tool. When I was little, my father had a great axe which was always sharp and well kept. It was a single-bit felling axe with a smartly arced helve for optimal swinging leverage. Its red paint had faded to an almost pink color and the wood had become exceptionally smooth from years of heavy use. Reminiscing, I can vividly recall watching my father swing it, as well as the many times I put it to use. When we would camp in the Adirondacks, it was the handiest of tools for splitting logs and pounding tent stakes.

Best Made is a Manhattan based company who has taken the simple beauty and efficacy of the axe, glorified it, and offered it to all of us (Honey, I hope you're reading... I'm pretty sure I'm making the Good List again this year). They offer axes made with helves cut from Tennessee Hickory and Hudson Bay style blades of fine grain steel. Best Made also brandishes the axes with attractive paint and stain jobs creating an appeal to those intending to use them, as well as those with iconic display intentions.
rail splittersAdditionally, my Grandfather fought during World War II in the 84th Infantry Division. During the first World War the 84th Division was named the "Lincoln" division as it was primarily made up of units from Illinois, Kentucky, and Indiana (The Lincoln states). The insignia (Shown above) shows a white axe splitting a rail on a red background and signifies Lincoln's youthful use of the axe. This gave cause for the division's adopted nickname; "The Rail Splitters".

7 comments:

danaceau said...

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Michael O'Hara said...

Thanks, I don't know how I missed that one. Nice job on your race by the way!

Seinberg said...

You better ax somebody!

Michael O'Hara said...

Should I "ax" or "axe" somebody? Either way is acceptable I suppose.

recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

I have a similar but definately not as fancy ax that I bought in Banff, Alberta Canada. My wife and I camped for two weeks in Banff for our honeymoon 18 years ago. Still spliting wood with that ax. Great steel- holds an edge forever. Still got the wife too:)

Michael O'Hara said...

RCT:
That's awesome. Nothing like a sharp wife. I mean axe. I just picked up an excellent belt axe made by Marbles. Not sure if you're familiar with that company but they made some fantastic knives. I'll have to post a picture of it.

recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

Yep I have seen the Marbles- Nice. My little ax/axe is an Estwing. Made a bunch of kindling with it. The Varnish on the stacked leather handle looks pretty bad and a little surface rust but otherwise it soldiers on dutifully.