8/21/14 Editor's note - I am learning a lot as I go along here but none of the axes I own are boys axes. My dad always liked the shorter handles and perhaps long ago it was common to get a 28 inch handle on a full size axe, however in my hardware stores there are 28 inch boys handles, or 36 inch full sized, nothing in between. It's true that the eye sizes are somewhat approximate, and in this case I was able to find a 28 inch boys hand that was so over-sized I made it work, but the beauty of House Handle is that they stock 28, 30, 32 and 36 inch handles made for full size axes. - end note.
|Small wedges added at each end to fill gaps.|
|Here is my Snow in original condition. You can sort of tell that over time I ground away a lot of the previous handle just under the head. An over sized handle is easy to chip while using an axe to split wood.|
|Pictures don't illustrate it well but the Snow is on the lighter colored stick to the bottom left. It is much wider than the center one and just a little wider than the third. It gives me some variety to determine preference.|
|The Link handle is also straighter. This probably saves lumber, or maybe it's just how they do it. I like more curve but I didn't feel that it was actually any different to use while splitting with it.|
|Here you have a shot of the nice grain. It's tight and running the right direction.|
|Snow & Nealley at the bottom, then the Gambles ARTISAN, and the Wards Master Quality.|
|For fun I made these little curls to test the sharpness of the Snow and just to see how it felt in my hands. Being summer time I don't have much wood splitting to do but I still wanted to get a feel for it.|