I've been lurking for awhile, and thought I'd post a few pictures of the axes that have followed me home.
This is one of the seemingly mysterious "MADE IN W. GERMANY" axes. It's a 2 1/4lb guy, and as you can see he was in bad need of a new handle and a cleaning.
A little Norlund Voyageur that's I got for a few bucks at a garage sale.
I used to work at a military surplus store, and in back they had a few of these old jeep axes, painted all black and rusty. You couldn't see any maker's mark, so I decided to take a chance on one. Turns out it was a TrueTemper. Another guy that worked there has since bought one and his was a Collins.
An old no-name 3.5lb single bit. This thing had a broken handle, but I can't get the epoxied handle out of the eye for the life of me. I've drilled almost the entire thing out, still stuck. So it's in limbo until I get my bench vise mounted.
An ugly little TT double bit, 3.5lbs or so.
This little hammer belonged to my wife's grandfather, and was gifted me last Christmas. I cleaned it up a bit and carved a new handle for it. It's perfect for hanging things around the house.
Another little Norlund Voyageur.
And my pickups from today: the little guy is a plumb, and the bigger one is a Genuine Norlund, probably the 3.5lb "log splitter".
Those are some great finds! I like the roughness of the W. German boys axe...that looks great!
Carpenters axe, new for like 9$.
I have reground the edge because it was too thick (the profile is thin but the bevels were way too short).
I am going to the woods tomorrow and ill try to review this one. It seems pretty decent. It's made by Kapriol (from my research it is an Italian company).
After grinding it on my 1x30 i can say it is pretty hard. Id say 55hRc+
Btw: when it comes to the quality, it looks better than a Cold Steel Riflemans hawk which i have had.
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Had a BIG weekend garage saling... 2 of the one man crosscuts shown, one two man crosscut, a froe (in bad shape... just found stamp that looks like it says made in Japan.. makes me question quality?) , log hooks, hatchet, hewing hatchet, warren pulaski (warren stamped in cursive) and a saw vise all for $100
Any ideas on maker? Found it near lake of the ozarks missouri.
Nothing too fancy, but a great, quality find either way. It's a Council Tool Dayton, 5-pounder. It's stamped 5, but it doesn't really feel that heavy. Anyway, it had the remnants of the original handle I think, and three taps and it was out (very rotted). It still has the remnants of a paper label as well, and it looks to have a great blade on it. It like someone barely used it and just left it outside. No mushrooming of the poll at all, and the eye is perfect other than the rust. I have it sitting in EvapoRust since last night, so we'll see how it turns out.
I found a couple axes this weekend.
The DB is a Kelly Perfect with possibly the original handle. One bit has seen some tough use but the other is almost new.
Both have eye ridges. The Kelly Perfect has two ridges on each side, one side they're close together, the other side spread further apart.
The Pulaski has threes ridges on each side.
It's a good reminder not to assume that eye ridges mean 'True Temper'. This Pulaski is a Collins with eye ridges.
ours could be Kellys, but more than likely, the "no name" ridged eye axes are paper label True Tempers from a little later. if they are Kelly TTs then they would be the "WoodSlasher" line, which were, from what i can tell un-stamped. they used paper labels, whereas the Flint Edge and Perfect lines were always stamped.
can anyone verify that the Barco Kellys still in production have the eye ridges or not? i know they are not stamped, but unsure of the ridges. that could explain ridged no name axes also.
Double post! Don't you love computers that are slow!
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