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Taking matters into your own hands

By plantigrade on 2014.11.28 In Camp equipment DIY

I rehandled my Gränsfors Forest Axe, because I managed to damage the original one, but also this was a great opportunity to get a handle that fits my hands better. Personally I think the standard handles are often too slim, so I made a new one, suiting my personal needs. I made it of Danish ash, and I find the thought of using local materials very apealing.

Well, the main reason for me to write this post, is that I think you should never compromise when it comes to personal equipment. Just because something is made in a certain way by the manufacturer, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s right for you and your needs. Since it can be hard alsways to find stuff that fits you perfectly, why not just make changes to it yourself? After all you, and only you really know what you need. I think this goes for almost everything, whether it’s the straps on your backpack or the deck lines of your kayak. I really enjoy the feeling, when I know that I’ve just optimized a piece of gear for myself and I’ve done it with my own hands. This is what we allways have been doing and what I think, makes us something special as a species.

And, if you’re worried about your skills… I promise you it all comes with practice.

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  1. Jason wrote:

    Great thought and nice work on the handle.

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