As much I as I would like to be able to supply outdoor folks with a quality, properly tuned axe from a production source (even though it requires modification by me), it seems to be harder and harder to do.
I have been ordering my axes directly from Snow and Nealley in batches. There has always been variation from axe to axe in these batches, but in the last two batches I have received something has changed. I don’t know what it is, but it appears they changed something in their forging process. The head shape has been different and the variation between axes is larger than it has been before.
I was able to work these variations out, but with what I have been receiving lately that does not look possible. It would be either to modify not up to par axes, or scrap half of what I receive (which I can not afford to do). Despite my best efforts, I would not be sending out something that I would be happy with. So, until I find something else, I will no longer be modifying Snow and Nealley axes. I will sell my current stock, and that is it.
I will continue to look for vintage heads, and restoration projects, but obviously those are few and far between and much more expensive to complete.
Please let me know if you have any questions in your quest for your perfect axe.
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