The other week I'd asked about flares on DB handles and what not, and had mentioned I need to upload the photos of the heads I managed to score.
My handle shopping, shaping etc is still in progress, so the heads are yet to be hung (or indeed filed and sharpened ) so here they are in as they stand.
Being in the UK DB's are really quite rare (as are decent handles) but after trawling flea bay etc I happened across this no-name 'reversible' (3" eye both ends). Its around 3lb 6oz
Excuse the re-post if you've seen it before
It had a bit of a chunk/flake missing on the toe/heel:
I had to be quite brutal as it looked to have de-laminated slightly. Maybe its a bit ugly as a result, but hey, its a learning curve, right?
I did most of the shaping with the belt grinder.
I have since come to my senses and have been filing with decent mill-files (actually 'farmers owns') and they really do shift metal so much better, cleaner and with so much more control.
Still work to do on it. I shall more than likely be letting it go once hung. I have a woodsy/tree surgeon buddy and I think he'll make the most of it.
So after another DB dry spell, the same seller I bought the original head from popped up with about half a dozen different heads!
These were MUCH more like I had in mind and WANTED!!! I made an offer, no dice, so I bid and waited....I got both for a snip (well especially compared to the beat up no name).
First up a Plumb, about 3lb 2oz:
Its has a bit of a mashed socket....but I'm hopping its not deformed the eye too much. I still think it will be serviceable.
I've literally just received a Gransfors DB Working Axe handle for it. Maaaan, it’s gonna need some thinning out, but it should fit the bill.