Agreed. Straight claw (rip claw) is the way to go.
This oddball caught my eye enough that I had to pick it up even though I have no idea what it was used for.
It's stamped CNR - Canadian National Railway - on the side and has a raised 24 just behind the head. I found a picture of one just like it, so I think it is a legitimate specialty tool rather than a one-off somebody slapped together.
Then I looked for anything about Hern manhole picks or sledges. Didn't find any quick matches, but learned that there's a Hern foundry in Idaho that makes manhole covers (among other things).
Cool Steve! I didn't actually buy it.
For some reason I thought it might be a cast display deal.
Maybe they were an add on order to the manhole covers- or buy 3 man hole covers and get one "Sewer Pick" on the house.
Thanks for the direction as well. That would never have crossed my mind- and I did try at that.
This is my one and only sledge. 40 years old, worked hard, put away wet, still tight.
Engineer's, unknown manufacturer and weight. Has (to me) a very thin handle relative to the head. Handle is eight sided in the grip portion.
Cheney (1927 patient) and C Hammond claws:
(not from mine):
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Cool hammers, Bob. I like that old tack hammer.
I think it looked better before your burned it. Still nice, though.
Something told me Bob was going to have some nice hammers to share. They are some beauties also!
That is far out! Some 30 years ago in Harrowsmith Country Living magazine there was a feature on an axe collector that had amassed quite a few axes. Most (from the photos I recall) were heads catalogued in file drawers in order to save on space. It's neat that people take it upon themselves to do things like this and I hope these types of collections do not get parted out, or gifted to museums that merely hide them away in boxes and barrels after the owners pass away.
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