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Snow and Nealley 3.5 lbs. Single Bit Axe
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2009
Having used axes for a few seasons I've become particular to things I like and don't like about such tools, and this axe is my favorite so far. It is lighter than expected and I've come to realize that either hardware store 3.5 pound axes are heavier than 3.5 pounds or this one is actually lighter than its declared weight. Regardless, this axe is light and the profile is unexpectedly thin. At first this really turned me off because I equated bigger with better, and I had the sense that a smallish axe was rip off because it meant less steel hence less cost to manufacture. At sixty bucks and a little more I was expecting an axe of formidable size.

Begrudgingly, I gave the edge a touch up with coarse and medium whetstones then took this axe out to the woodlot determined to try it despite my disappointment. I tried it and it was a revelation. Fast, light, and thin, this axe can still cut pretty good sized rounds down to size. But what makes this axe so cool is just how many straight clean splits the user makes while wielding it. Again and again I brought the S&N head down square to the rounds and achieved that strangely gratifying "clean split" of the wood. I liked the lighter, smaller blade so much I've even been thinking of grinding down the poll to make it lighter still - I have not done this... yet.

I recommend this axe. I have used it for one entire season and I heat only with wood. That's a lot of chopping. The S&N 3.5 is my go to axe when it's splitting time. If you care for tools and like good ones, you'll like this one. Also, if the handle comes loose or breaks, Snow and Nealley will fix your axe for free. (This is something that I don't like as it makes their axe handles harder to source).

I should add, however, a short comment about my wood stove. It is a small stove and I tend to cut my rounds eleven to fourteen inches long. If you cut big chainsaw rounds for a big fire box, then you'll likely want to supplement your S&N axe with a splitting maul of your choice. As I saw all my timber and cut all my firewood with hand tools, I am seldom facing giant rounds and so have seldom needed more than an axe to split them.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2011
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I am in love with this axe! Being 5'3", I have found axes with longer handles a bit harder to control. I am able to swing my S&N with much more control and purpose, making my swing more efficient and productive. The blade is extremely sharp and has held its edge very well. I highly recommend this axe.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2013
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I wanted a good axe that was not made in china. This is it. Axe head comes sharpened well but not razor sharp. Handle is hickory and mine was almost center cut... close enough but the grain is not perfect. Split wood with ease and even fells trees well. All around a good working axe that can do a little of everything.
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on April 2, 2015
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The fit and finish is beautiful. However beauty doesn't make it high quality. I contacted the owner of Snow & Nealley about the steel used. I was told they utilize 1070 high carbon steel forged in the U.S.A.. I decided to order one and compare it to my Council axes and vintage axes. Council uses 1060 steel in their heads in the Rail splitter line and classic line. I received my new Snow & Nealley during firewood season so I put it right to use after a good sharpening. I noticed the sharpening stone was removing steel very easily. The axe took a nice sharp edge easily and I was quite pleased with the appearance of the tool. I started to buck a log when on the fifth hit the edge rolled, or bent over. The area was about the size of a U.S. half dollar and was about 3/4" back from the toe or top corner of the edge. In order to fix it the blade would have to be ground back too far, and it was obvious that poor heat treat is the problem, so taking the edge back wouldn't remedy the issue. Forestry Suppliers was fantastic with their customer support. I can't praise them highly enough for all the help they gave. I returned the Snow & Nealley and continued to use my Council axes. They may not be as pretty, but I have yet to have one fail me, even on frozen wood. I will mention that these are the newest axes offered from S &N and are 100% Made in the U.S.A. .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2014
A great tool! I use it often!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2015
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Great axe
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