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    Oh Mann...

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    Sun finally came out so I decided to get out some axes and do a little bit of cleanup, as I as looking through the candidates I realized I've somehow managed to find some pretty nice Mann axes. So I got out the camera... They're nothing incredible but they're actually some of the nicest I have, and include 2 of the 3 I own that still have fragments of labels.
    This one is about 7 pounds, made in Canada, broad axe but obviously not as wide as most broads. Can anyone elaborate on it's likely purpose?

    This is 6 pounds, and that's an old 42 inch Link handle in it. Not quite done hanging it yet but you get the idea. What I don't understand is how someone could swing something like this with much accuracy. I plan to use it as a scoring axe for hewing logs. Maybe. Love the beautiful tempering on this.

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    This is a fireman's axe. Same cool lines of tempering under the oxidation that I need to remove in the most gentle manner. Original handle.

    And a nice double bit, maybe a peeler pattern? On a 32 inch handle. True American logo is a lttle beat up but still cool.

    And finally, a 3 pound double bit, with what I think is probably an older logo. Not sure, but I like it.

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    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Pacific NorthWet, USA
    Quote Originally Posted by VintageAxe View Post
    ...This one is about 7 pounds, made in Canada, broad axe but obviously not as wide as most broads. Can anyone elaborate on it's likely purpose?
    A quote from the Mud Pond Hewing blog by Mike Beaudry:

    "New England pattern hewing axes have often been called mast axes or ship building axes. Perhaps these early English axes were likewise axes for building ships. And it may be that hewing masts, spars and ship ribs remained little changed for these hundreds of years.
    The axes, however have left distinctive marks. The narrow width of the cutting bit has left timbers with a narrow scalloped pattern. It is an attractive pattern on the old timbers. People for a long time speculated the timbers were hewn with an adze, believing only the adze could create these across the grain scallops. It is only with the resurgence of hewing that we have come to realize the scalloping was clearly done with these narrow bitted hewing axes."


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    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Maple Valley, WA
    Quote Originally Posted by VintageAxe View Post
    This is 6 pounds, and that's an old 42 inch Link handle in it.

    Oh, Mann! A 42-inch single bit. That's cool. I'd love to give that one a few swings.

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    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    mountains of montana
    Those are sweeet

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    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    West Yorkshire, UK
    They look like great specimens!

    That New England Pattern (I think over here we'd call it a Kent pattern) looks cracking.
    Is that gonna remain 'on the shelf' or are you thionking of putting it to work?

    42"....6lb head?! I don't think I could hold it up without it tipping me over
    "Don't thee thou me thee thou thissen and see how tha likes thee thouing"

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    I misspoke actually it's a 5.5 pound head on that 42" handle... That one's never been used so I'm more reluctant to put it through its paces than I am the New England Pattern broad axe, which is in pretty good shape but has been used. I'll put it on a handle and use it when I get caught up on hanging axes :-)

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    I wish I had axes like this lying around. Wow. nice. Thanks for sharing.

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    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Wowza! Amazing pieces, Sir. Thanks for posting!

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