Help Me Pick a Bill Hook

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Help Me Pick a Bill Hook

Post by Anianna » Sun Jan 10, 2016 6:24 pm

So, Condor Tool or Wodman's Pal? Something else?
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Re: Help Me Pick a Bill Hook

Post by Beowolf » Sun Jan 10, 2016 6:36 pm

While I've never used one, I think I would prefer the straight blade of the Condor.
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Re: Help Me Pick a Bill Hook

Post by buck85 » Mon Jan 11, 2016 9:35 pm

Woodman's Pal looks to me to be a tool that is primary a chopping tool with a hook,but the Condor Tool and Knife UltraBlaC2 looks more like a tool that is designed to hook and then secondary as a chopping tool. I would use the woodsman pal the same way as a machete ( standing upright and cutting limbs ) but the condor tool I would use to clear paths and fields,(bending down and remove plants close to the ground by hooking or pulling), then chopping the plants into smaller pieces. It would be ideal for clearing for a garden or camp.
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Re: Help Me Pick a Bill Hook

Post by buck85 » Mon Jan 11, 2016 9:49 pm

The Condor Tool and Knife UltraBlaC2 , in my opinion would be a good tool for the hunt camp. It could do the duties of a light duty hatchet. I could see it used as a tool in butchering large game. Use the blade to chop through bones and the hook to gut the animal.
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Re: Help Me Pick a Bill Hook

Post by Black Beard » Tue Jan 12, 2016 4:05 am

Personally, I think that Yorkshire billhooks (2' long, curved blade on one side and straight axe on back, used 2 handed) are easiest to use for clearance as they are longer and designed for use with 2 hands.
The Staffordshire type billhooks (curved blade on one side, straight axe on back, one handed) are better for making hedges as they are easier to use in confined spaces.

http://www.timelesstools.co.uk/images/elwell%205.jpg

The curved forward blade is a lot more useful for controlled cutting than a straight blade. Just give it the right amount of go and it will cut every time.


The Condor Tools is made of 420 stainless steel, which is not a good tool material. The other one is a better material and handle but I don't like the shape.

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Re: Help Me Pick a Bill Hook

Post by buck85 » Tue Jan 12, 2016 6:50 am

Nice!!!!!! I would take any one of them!!!!!!!
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Re: Help Me Pick a Bill Hook

Post by Anianna » Tue Jan 12, 2016 9:02 am

Those are lovely. Thanks for the info, guys.
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Re: Help Me Pick a Bill Hook

Post by Ad'lan » Tue Jan 12, 2016 11:56 am

Black Beard wrote:Personally, I think that Yorkshire billhooks (2' long, curved blade on one side and straight axe on back, used 2 handed) are easiest to use for clearance as they are longer and designed for use with 2 hands.
The Staffordshire type billhooks (curved blade on one side, straight axe on back, one handed) are better for making hedges as they are easier to use in confined spaces.

http://www.timelesstools.co.uk/images/elwell%205.jpg

The curved forward blade is a lot more useful for controlled cutting than a straight blade. Just give it the right amount of go and it will cut every time.


The Condor Tools is made of 420 stainless steel, which is not a good tool material. The other one is a better material and handle but I don't like the shape.
Man knows his bills. I prefer a Staffordshire Bill, (Also heard it called Roman), but they are different tools for different jobs. Laying a hedge is not brush clearance. I've always wanted to try a woodsman's pal, heard good stuff about it, but it's a not a billhook.
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Re: Help Me Pick a Bill Hook

Post by Sworbeyegib » Tue Jan 12, 2016 4:56 pm

As much as I like Condor's blades and products, the Woodsman's pal has a very well mantained reputation. Though I wouldn't call it a billhook in the strictest sense, more of a modified cane knife.

I had a Fiskars billhook for awhile (sold as their brush axe) which I liked just fine for the price. I ended up trading it to a friend for a medium ALICE pack and frame though.
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Re: Help Me Pick a Bill Hook

Post by Anianna » Fri Jan 15, 2016 12:48 pm

So, what would the Woodsman's Pal be good for as opposed to a billhook? Would it be ideal to have both on hand?
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