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Topic:Mechanical advantage of handled axes

  • By Scotforester, on 26 March, 2015 at 16:56

    The fixing of a wooden handle to an axe head was one of the most important evolutionary acts by man, since compared to a hand-held axe-head (as used for more than 500,000 years in the Paleolithic), it significantly increased the effectiveness of this tool, especially for tree felling. Indeed, without it, we could not have become agriculturists. Is anyone on your forum aware of any published research into the nature and size of this mechanical advantage?   Can anyone define the term ‘centre of percussion’ when used to describe the dynamics of a swinging axe? Thank you.

  • By E.duBois, on 3 April, 2015 at 13:30

    Did you already go to the J-store Forester? They still got a lot go good stuff there about axes and that kind of shit.

  • By Scotforester, on 3 April, 2015 at 15:28

    No: what is it?

  • By E.duBois, on 3 April, 2015 at 16:40

    It’s a department store, I think at MIT, but then for academic journals on every topic. There you are bound to find something to help answer your pertinent and interesting question. Sign in there, it’s worth it.

  • By Scotforester, on 4 April, 2015 at 10:32

    Found it: thanks for the tip

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