Hello Richard, nice to see this topic raised again, I mean the broader topic but also the double bitted axe topic. You make a good point about the particular balance of these symmetrical, straight handled axes. For me, this makes them an easier axe to use. I am using a double bitted axe that I found out in the desert once for hewing, mostly doing the juggling part, now and then for scoring and less frequently for surfacing.

Could you elaborate on the different edge grinds you are using. I am guessing that the thinner edge grind you mention gives you this elliptical or banana shaped bevel. But I mean, when do you use one and not the other, what is the effect, that sort of thing. Just interested in your experience. Thanks.


Don Wagstaff