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    Default Best axe, what do you have?

    I am buying my own axe and money is not a problem, I wanted something special so I can pass it on to my kids. They are still young (7) and (9) so it's gotta last. I was told about the seagrave by my great grandfather but im not even sure they sell those anymore.
    So my question, what do you have? What do you like? Pic's are more then welcome!

    Thanks, stay safe and happy holidays!

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    If you want to give your kids a memento.. get a chromed presentation axe.

    You should be using the equipment provided by your FD... what's next... buying your own SCBA? Fire Truck?
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    Im coming from 4 generations of firefighters who have all bought there own axes, gloves, boots... this really isnt a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by firefuss View Post
    so wait, you don't have something from one of those 4 generations to pass down to your kids? Seriously, when you retire, keep your helmet and give em that. That's what my family does.
    I wish they would have, but in a family with three older brothers I wasnt that lucky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColoradoDave View Post
    if i was to get one (i am thinking about getting one to hang up) i would get one from http://www.firefighteraxe.com/axes.php . they have both working and presentation axes.


    check out this review from VES http://www.vententersearch.com/revie...eaxereview.htm


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    Now THAT is exactly what I had in mind!! Thanks a ton!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NyIrish76 View Post
    Now THAT is exactly what I had in mind!! Thanks a ton!
    WTF guys...the dude didnt ask for opinions on if he was right or wrong. He asked for an axe. Glad it only took 7 posts for him to get it.

    I would get the same one pictured in that link if I was buying a personal axe. Maybe it is a regional thing, but buying your own equipment and tools is not that uncommon down here in Georgia.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainGonzo View Post
    If you want to give your kids a memento.. get a chromed presentation axe.

    You should be using the equipment provided by your FD... what's next... buying your own SCBA? Fire Truck?
    Asthe Captain said, by them something else. If the department wanted us to have our own axe they would issue us one. It would cost a lot when you have over 1000 members. The next thing you'll wantt to buy is your ppe and truck so you can blow the siren.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonnee View Post
    Asthe Captain said, by them something else. If the department wanted us to have our own axe they would issue us one. It would cost a lot when you have over 1000 members. The next thing you'll wantt to buy is your ppe and truck so you can blow the siren.
    Rediculous post. Does the same go for gloves with better dexterity, or leather boots if you are issued rubber? Or how about your own SCBA facepeice? Leather helmet if you are issued composite?

    Yeah, thats what I thought.
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    I carry a personal axe. Why?

    1. It's on a belt and in a sheath. (My hands are free to carry something else)
    2. I know it is sharp.
    3. I know where it is at. (I don't sit it down to move something and it falls over or someone else picks it up)

    Those 3 reason was enough for me. I did ask before I made the investment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTRider245 View Post
    WTF guys...the dude didnt ask for opinions on if he was right or wrong. He asked for an axe. Glad it only took 7 posts for him to get it.

    I would get the same one pictured in that link if I was buying a personal axe. Maybe it is a regional thing, but buying your own equipment and tools is not that uncommon down here in Georgia.

    Thank you, really I didnt want this to be a heated debate. Everyone has the right to buy personal items and I was just asking a question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rm1524 View Post
    I carry a personal axe. Why?

    1. It's on a belt and in a sheath. (My hands are free to carry something else)
    2. I know it is sharp.
    3. I know where it is at. (I don't sit it down to move something and it falls over or someone else picks it up)

    Those 3 reason was enough for me. I did ask before I made the investment.
    YES three very good reasons!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColoradoDave View Post
    Right on brother, now why dont you hook up ol' coloradodave with one?
    Haha I would if I could

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTRider245 View Post
    Rediculous post. Does the same go for gloves with better dexterity, or leather boots if you are issued rubber? Or how about your own SCBA facepeice? Leather helmet if you are issued composite?

    Yeah, thats what I thought.


    Atleast you understand brother, hat off to you!

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    There is nothing wrong with buying a personal tool that you keep in your locker and that you set on the rig at the start of the shift. I have my own 8 pound maul that I keep in my locker and put on the rig. I have it because I prefer a maul to be carried with a halligan instead of a flat head axe. I also have a piece of metal welded to the top so it is easy to marry up with a halligan, I also added a nice coat of hockey tape for grip. There is also nothing wrong with getting personal PPE. My dept issued me black turnout gear, a gut belt, a black hood, leather boots,gloves,and a helmet. I went out and bought better gloves (Glove Corp Blaze Fighter) a Streamlight for my coat, a Streamlight box flashlight (Fire Vulcan), some pocket tools such as wire cutters, webbing, extrication gloves, door wedges, dive knife, safety glasses, shove knife, etc. Most of the stuff I bought was paid for by yearly gear allowance, some of it came out of my own pocket. My dept has 23 stations and over 790 firefighters and officers, so we have to go out and find some of the extra stuff that we want. Good looking axe, if you want it, go for it brother!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NyIrish76 View Post
    Haha I would if I could
    Hey wait a minute... What happened to the

    Quote Originally Posted by NyIrish76 View Post
    ...and money is not a problem...
    part?

    Just messing with you. I was gonna suggest the same ax. I would definatly read up on the info that's on VES. They talk about tips to keep it looking good over the years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rm1524 View Post
    I carry a personal axe. Why?

    1. It's on a belt and in a sheath. (My hands are free to carry something else)
    2. I know it is sharp.
    3. I know where it is at. (I don't sit it down to move something and it falls over or someone else picks it up)

    Those 3 reason was enough for me. I did ask before I made the investment.

    sounds like your officers need to start getting the guys to take care of their equipment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rm1524 View Post
    I carry a personal axe. Why?

    1. It's on a belt and in a sheath. (My hands are free to carry something else)
    2. I know it is sharp.
    3. I know where it is at. (I don't sit it down to move something and it falls over or someone else picks it up)

    Those 3 reason was enough for me. I did ask before I made the investment.
    What do you do with a sharp axe? We prefer those with fairly dull blades so they don't get stuck in the work. This entails merely filing out the knicks and burs and lightly oiling the head. But sharp? No way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
    My Axes come from Sthil and Husquvarna.............
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    Quote Originally Posted by ColoradoDave View Post
    do it!!!!!
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    My axes are Gas-axes and they come from Partner,Husky,and CE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nameless View Post
    sounds like your officers need to start getting the guys to take care of their equipment.
    We take care of our equipment. I prefer my axe a little sharper than what we do to the ones on the trucks.

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