Unfortunately I don't have any time at the moment. I travel most days for work related reasons and am lucky if I can fit a walk in. If I had the time to take my axe and explore some of the local woodland I would, unfortunately at the moment this is just impossible.
launditch1: Cheers for the link, very helpful mate.
FGYT: I will make sure I try and ask some local folk for offcuts.
If you use the search top right looking for hook knife you will find lots fo discusions about the pros and cons of different knives, a while ago we organised a pssaround of all those that were easily available at the time and if you follow the links from this thread you will see what various people though of them and see photos of them side by side.