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    Axe ID help please


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    Greetings,
    I have an axe that came from my grandparents house. I know it was purchased from a local hardware store in the 1970's. I cleaned it up and sharpened it. Still has some original red paint on the head and A 31 stamped on metal. Head dimensions are 6-3/8" long, Blade is 3-7/8" wide and rear is 2-1/2" wide. Handle is 24-1/2" long with overall length 27". Handle has some safety warnings still visible. It in next to unused condition. Any help with manufacturer or other info is appreciated



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    Off the top of my head, I am unsure of what you have. However, you can use Imgur, Photobucket, or any similar free photo sharing site to post pics on here. Hopefully we can help you out here.
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    Sounds like a paper label True Temper Kelly Works wokdslasher. The marking on it has been called military markings but I highly doubt that story. Likely it is some form of factory code.

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    pictures posted above. thanks

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    Any ridges in the eye?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarthTaco123 View Post
    Sounds like a paper label True Temper Kelly Works wokdslasher. The marking on it has been called military markings but I highly doubt that story. Likely it is some form of factory code.
    I agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent_H View Post
    Any ridges in the eye?
    Yes. 4 total two on each side. The ridges on one side are farther apart than the other two.

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    Almost certainly a Woodslasher.

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    It is a woodslasher. The A31 mark is an internal audit number on the dies used to make the axe that they could track wear and tear over time, and knew when to replace.

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    Finally a good explanation for those letter/number stamps.

    Any idea why only certain dies got this treatment?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Square_peg View Post
    Finally a good explanation for those letter/number stamps.

    Any idea why only certain dies got this treatment?
    Post 1960 when better technology took over and Woodslasher was the primary line, if one of the few, that was still being made in axes.

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    thanks!

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