This store look familiar to any of you guys?
He had some nice stuff. Thing is you are either a dealer or a collector. I purchased not a single axe from this store.
THis followed me home from an antique fair this morning. The pictures are not the best but it appears to have the initial HGR Cincinnati Ohio etched. Supposely, the initials were the owner of the hardware store. It was an impulse buy but I was afraid to let it go.
Picked up two new little projects in South Florida of all places. Grabbed a Tramontina machete too, but that's for another thread.
Two Plumbs...one little, one not so little.
Plumb Boy Scout hatchet. Cool little hatchet, with minimal abuse, and a double stamp. It looks like a vintage handle, but it's not the typical red epoxy of the old Plumbs...maybe a replacement, unless the Boy Scout hatchets came this way. Anyone care to chime in? The head is loose, but I think I can re-wedge it and give it a long BLO bath to bring it back. The handle seems to have some lacquer on it though, so that will need to be sanded off.
And a sweet smaller Plumb double bit. I thought it was a cruiser at first, but it's a 3-lb head (stamped with only a "3" above the Plumb stamp). The handle appears to be original, but does have a decent crack at the shoulder. I may inject some Gorilla wood glue into the crack to save the handle, and then give it a nice BLO bath as well. The sticker is still on the handle somewhat, and the head appears to have minimal wear...just some rust. This should make for a very nice vintage, all-original axe.
Oh, and for anyone curious, I found a few new "Plumbs" at a flea market. There was a boy's axe made in Mexico, and a hatchet made in Taiwan. They had Plumb labels, but were not stamped as far as I could tell. I was really hoping the hatchet I saw was a N.O.S. hatchet, as it had the red handle and a sheath with "Plumb" embossed, but once I saw the Made in Taiwan line on sticker I was no longer interested.
Thanks for the info! I was hoping it was an older model. It should be a great little hatchet once I clean it up.
Halfaxe; Kinda nice that you found an old Coleman stove that likely hasn't seen much use. Parks up here will no longer allow propane cylinders in their trash so I switched back over to white gas (and also gave up on camping in Prov Parks) 10 years ago. I gathered various derelict Colemans from roadsides and garage sales and put the best of all of them together into one unit. Colemans are not fashionable with the jet set outdoor types but they cook pretty darn good for me. The vapour chamber in newer stoves (less than 40 years old) is formed from sheet steel but the older ones have good sturdy castings.
I've got two old Coleman stoves and four old hatchets. I'll buy more every time the price is right.
One Collins Legitumus that has the remnants of a Master Mechanics sticker on a replacement haft that was never seated properly but got a really tight wedge. $3.00 at the local metal recycler.
I will reshape the haft and rehang the head further down on the shoulder. Contemplating reusing what looks like an aluminum wedge that runs the full length of the eye.
Came across this Sager Chemical 1927 for $5.00 at an estate sale. Its my first Sager Chemical so I was excited about it even though the poll is mushroomed a bit. It has never seen a grinder. Took a closer look at home and realized that the eye is a little disfigured at the shoulder from the pounding it took on the poll. Pounded it out flat with my 6lb railroad spike hammer thing and I think it looks like it will still be useable. I really like the size of this axe head and the profile of the cheeks. Looking forward to cleaning it up and putting it on a straight haft of some species of wood.
My $8.00 haul.
Two from the bay and three from the flea. REALLY happy with the Plumb Kentucky- got it cheap as no one bid, great condition head and handle. Will post more once I finish cleaning and dropping. Second Kentucky is Sager. The Jersey is a McClung- not sure who made the one with the crown??? Never seen a crown quite like this- marked for US sales with 3lbs and has either a CH or maybe Cm in bottom of crown- any help identifying is appreciated. Crown, eye and taper tell me it is Euro. Third is a Wards Master Quality- all three from the flea=15.00
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I've oiled mine with butter, chapstick, etc.....
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