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Longbow338
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Which one is more precise and user friendly? I have some little choppers and precision and repeatability is terrible with them. Does anybody have any experience with the bearpaw. Looks like a very well built tool much easier to set up and use than the burner. But is it precise enough to have every feather the same?

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the difference is that a burner allows for a custom shaped fletch and the burning part has lotsa stinky smoke, while the chopper limits to s very specific feather shape, no stink, just the smacking noise of the chopping blade.

i've burnt fletchings for decades, now i just prefer to chop. either will get the job done.

for burners, the young is the defacto standard.

for choppers, they all get the job done - dunno about the bear paw, but the german vario is Superb. i use a vario as well as a few li'l choppers.

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joekeith
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I'd say go with the burner.......just do it outside. [campfire]
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GangStarr
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youngs feather burner ALL THE WAY

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J. Holden
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I can't answer for which one is better. But I can say I've called Kustom King and inquired about the Bear Paw. They told me it was spring loaded which made the chopping easier. I think once I get more involved in feather shaping that the Bear Paw seems like the way to go. My opinion though.

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barebow17
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I use the lil chopper,but after looking at the bearpaw I might pick one up.Looks like it is well made.
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Arrow4Christ
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The cool thing about the feather burner is that its versatile. You can cut different shapes with the same burner. It does stink something awful though [Smile]

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I love the smell of a feather burner, but choppers have their place too. I use both depending on the circumstance. dino

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The BIG problem with BearPaw chopper is they have been advertising it for months and it is not working correctly! The slot that holds the quill in place is not quite right so they are doing some redesignig . Every time I call to order,it will not be ready till next month. When it is working though it sure looks like a great piece of work. Go to UTUBE there is a vidio.

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Dan White
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I ordered a Young burner today
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I prefer chopping to burning as well. I have also been curious about the new bear paw. If they get it working correctly it looks like the way to go. I have a couple different shape choppers so I can do different feathers but from what I understand, with the new Bear Paw it has interchangeable dyes for different shapes.
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I'm going with the Bear Paw when they get them right. I hate the burned feather smell.

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If you want another option, give Herb of Herb's Archery a call (see sponsor list). He is making a chopper designed after the Vario. It is very well made, several styles of cuts are available.

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JRY309
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I still like my feather burner,I have had it for years and still working great.I have even used it to modify precut fletches too,I have cut down 5" feathers to 4" and reburnt the leading edge for youth youth arrows.
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chad graham
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i have thought about getting a chopper but ive had my youngs burner for so long and really like it!im glad im not the only one who likes the smell.i burn outside or my family complains i guess they dont share my sense of smell.
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