10 Best ax of 2020

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Ax Guidebook

Tips for choosing the right one ax

In the professional and private sector, a variety of tools and equipment is often used. These must meet a variety of requirements. Depending on the area of ​​application, some tools and implements are particularly strained. So that here the riskdamage to the device can be kept as low as possible and thus the risk of further property damage and worst case personal injury is reduced, care must be taken at the time of purchase to choose a product that meets the sometimes enormous requirements. Such a working device is the ax , A ax is usually exposed to very high loads and it is imperative that the selection of high quality raw materials and flawless workmanship help to create a high quality product that can withstand these stresses. A high quality ax stays sharp for a long time and can serve well for many years. A bad ax On the other hand, not only complicates the work, but by material defects can be a serious threat to any person in the vicinity.

Main criterion: hard as steel

The most important part of an ax is the so-called head, so the steel tail with the cutting edge. Above all, this must be made of the right steel to fulfill its task. Steel is available in various alloys that have different properties in terms of hardness and rust resistance. However, since both properties are exclusive, the focus is in favor of hardness. This is significantly dependent on the carbon content of the steel, the hardness increases with the carbon content. The minimum hardness prescribed by a DIN standard is achieved by C-45 steel, which contains 0.45% of the mass of carbon. More suitable and also more common is C-60 steel with 0.6% carbon. The advantage of this steel is that it is very hard. This makes it possible to sharpen or sharpen an ax at a sharper angle and stay sharp longer. This makes working with such an ax especially pleasant. The best axes are sharper than a razor blade! The disadvantage, however, is that this steel rusts a little more easily and is comparatively brittle. This means that in case of wrong load, which does not act completely straight on the ax head, the cutting edge tends to splinter. The result is small, broken recesses in the cutting edge, which are referred to as nicks. Repairing such damage again requires a lot of time and effort due to the hardness.

The ax handle

The second important criterion is the ax handle. This must be made of hard and high quality wood to be able to cope with a high load. Suitable types of wood are for example the native ash or, better, the hickory trees originating from Asia and North America. Whether the handle is painted is in principle no matter, but there are advantages and disadvantages for both. A painted handle keeps out dirt and moisture and protects a bit better if the wood should splinter once. However, if the ax is stored in a very dry climate, the wood may shrink slightly, which may loosen the connection to the head. With varnished wood it is almost impossible to soak it in order to let it swell a bit.

The processing

The head must necessarily sit at right angles on the stem, or the cutting edge should be parallel to the stem. Here, a high precision is crucial. If the lower end of a cutting edge is set in millimeters, all the energy in this corner can be applied to this corner – accidents are inevitable! Above all, the stable connection is crucial. As soon as one has the feeling that the head has the smallest bit of play, the ax is not a bit worse, but simply life-threatening. A bad connection with a new ax can, after a short period of use, cause the head to break loose and fly away unchecked! Other quality features include the weight of the head and the center of gravity of the ax. The head should be at one Splitting Axeweigh about 2.5 kg, with a smaller splitter 1.5 kg. The center of gravity must be just before the head, so that the ax with the handle remains on the flat hand. A reliable quality feature is the GS seal, whereby branded products priced above 50EUR are preferable.

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