So I’m watching some Youtube videos of a guy that’s into axes, kind of like Wranglestar, but with dreads1:
And one of his videos speaks about something I care about, hatchets (er, or tomahawks or whatever).
It’s obvious he cares about his tools, knows what he’s talking about, and has been using them for something like twenty plus years.
“What this is, this is a response to the market. This is a response to a market that doesn’t understand the tool, that is unskilled in using the tool. And you know you scale everything up to compensate for like the lowest common denominator, basically. It’s like a hatchet with training wheels, or something like that. And I think that’s the wrong approach.
So what we have is something really heavy, so it is going to able to do work even when it’s dull, because a lot of people don’t know how to sharpen, or don’t sharpen . . . This, more than any product I have seen, represents the dumbing down of the axe. It’s just sad.
This is a guy that shaves down his Gränsfors Bruk axe handles. From his review Husqvarna obviously once knew how to make a decent hatchet. But the market has spoken. Long live the ignorance of the young.
We used to value this stuff. Hell, the Boy Scouts were founded on keeping this stuff alive. Now I wonder if Scouting will outlive me, and when it does, what it will have become.