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PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2014 7:29 pm 
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Hey Folks,
As usual, it's been too long since the last puzzler. So here's and easy on to get back in the swing of things.

As you should know, a broad axe (or hatchet) has and asymmetrical blade and handle, so that the user can swing the axe closely to the work and hew to a line. So what do you do if (like me) you're left handed?

I'll relax the rules a bit this time so that you can use the internet and look up some images of broad axes and figure it out that way.

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Tom

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 2:28 am 
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Flip the head on the handle so that the bevel is on the right side of the downward thrust.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 9:19 am 
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It is either what Don said (my first thought also) or just chop in the opposite direction that a right hander would go.
I really have no idea because it has been years since I've even owned an ax of any type. :)

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It appears this is the time to become ambidextrous like me. I'm left handed and on the farm there are numerous things that have to be done right-handed, case in point a scythe.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:45 pm 
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Hey Guys,

Gee, I really hoped for more participation, but I guess I've been absent myself, so I can't really gripe.

Well anyway, Don came closest to the answer I was looking for. The bit left unaddressed by Don is the curvature of the handle. In North American style broad axes, the head is symmetrical top to bottom, with an asymmetric bevel. So a lefty would, as Don said, flip the head over top to bottom. The problem is the handle. The handle curves outward from the head to the foot, away from the log being hewn, giving the user room for his hands while hewing to the line. A lefty would have to bend a new handle to the opposite curve.

I'll toss a half point to Dennis for coming up with the crazy (IMHO) Skandihoovian solution of forging two different shaped heads. Why on earth? Oh well. :confused:

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