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It followed me home (Part 2)

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by Steve Tall, Jun 12, 2014.

  1. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
    Along the same lines as the original "It followed me home" thread (78 pages, now closed):
    http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php/941074-It-followed-me-home

    In the words of Square-peg, the initiator of this thread:

    "This thread is for posting pictures of new acquisitions. Anything axe or edge-tool related is fine, including axes, shovels, scythes, sharpening equipment, etc. What did you drag home this weekend? Post a pic. Show it to us as it came, with all the dirt and rust and dings intact."

    Here's an unanswered question from the last post of that thread:


    Here's a reponse to that question:

    That double bit axe head looks like the "swamping" pattern made by Gransfors Bruks (and sold in the USA with the Stro-Bro label) during the 1960s, as detailed in this thread from Square-peg (complete with catalog picture of this axe model, shown as Item C, and a link to download the catalog):

    From www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php/1152167-Axe-prices-in-the-late-60-s
     
  2. Alocksly

    Alocksly

    429
    Dec 30, 2013
    Welcome back thread.

    I had a good day at the local junk stores. I got an old Hultafors hatchet as well as an (as of yet) unknown boys axe head and another small mystery head. The Hults was wedged into it's makeshift handle with several ingenious "key" type wedges with I regrettably had to remove as I lack the skill to restore them to their original functionality. The boys axe bit is beveled and I'm eager to see what the vinegar bath will reveal. I have no idea what the last one is but it looked neat so I got it. Does anyone have any ideas about its origin? Total bill for all three was $15.

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  3. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
    Thank you, Steve, for rebooting this thread. [​IMG]

    Russ, that's a very interesting hatchet you have there. It looks like a Hudson Bay with lugs. Never seen one. Do you think it could have been cut down out of a larger axe?
     
  4. wesm

    wesm

    17
    Aug 27, 2012
    Stopped by Goodwill and this guy jumped out at me and it was mine for $6. Weighs in at 28oz.

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    Only had 2 screws in it, think I can reuse this handle? If not, I was thinking about putting this on a 28" boys axe handle.

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  5. blasto9000

    blasto9000

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    Jan 31, 2014
    Thank you so much for the response! I really appreciate it. I've seen that Stro-Bro head (or another one like it) before. That might even be the same pic I spotted on a fleaBay auction.

    The one I have is relatively roughly made; the eye hole is off-center, and the planes of the edges aren't parallel; imagine gripping each blade in pairs of tongs and giving it a hard twist. My similarly-aged Plumbs, Collins, et al., exhibit much finer manufacturing craft. But still, I like the low-centerline Swedish axes, since I don't process wood for anything more than the pleasure of it, and to keep my back strong and flexible.

    Still, I have an as yet-unmounted Gränsfors double-bit handle (from a throwing axe) and it does seem to fit perfectly. So I may end up with a bastardized throwing-swamper sometime soon.
     
  6. Alocksly

    Alocksly

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    Dec 30, 2013
    Very nice. You could re-use the handle with enough filler if you wanted to but I think that head would be perfect on a longer boys axe handle.
     
  7. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    I don't think I've seen anything like it. More poll than an HB too, isn't there?
     
  8. Alocksly

    Alocksly

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    Dec 30, 2013
    The odd one doesn't look like it was modified but that my change after I clean it up. I have seen a drawing of that pattern in one of Dan Beards books where I believe he described it as loosely based on a tomahawk pattern.
     
  9. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
    It's similar, except for the rounded lugs:

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    Fig. 323 shows a belt axe of a modified tomahawk shape, only three of which are in existence; one was in the possession of the late Colonel Roosevelt, one in the possession of a famous English author, and one in the possession of the writer. These axes were made for the gentlemen to whom they were presented by the President of a great tool works; they are made of the best gray steel and are beautiful tools.

    From http://www.gutenberg.org/files/44215/44215-h/44215-h.htm#fig_323
     
  10. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
    Sweet! 1-3/4 pounds - heavy hatchet or light axe, your choice. Good steel. I think the handle is reusable. And it has a nice grip/swell - worth saving. I wouldn't try to set the head much further down on the haft than it was before. Just smooth out the ridge and re-wedge it. Maybe deepen the kerf a little. Give it as much BLO as it will soak up.
     
  11. rpn

    rpn Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Got my first quality axe- RMJ Shrike S13. I'm mighty impressed! :thumbup: Looks good with my Belt knife too. :D

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  12. 300Six

    300Six

    Aug 29, 2013
    Sorry laddy, that doesn't qualify as an "axe". Fashionable hatchet or more likely some version of a tomahawk.
     
  13. Zymologist

    Zymologist Gold Member Gold Member

    May 21, 2012
    It falls under edge tool. This is the Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum afterall.

    Fine looking pair of edged tools you have there thanks for sharing RPN.
     
  14. rpn

    rpn Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Thanks Zymologist. Enjoying the RMJ and loving the Winkler. :thumbup:
     
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  15. 300Six

    300Six

    Aug 29, 2013
    I wasn't questioning admissibility to this thread but rather the definition of "axe". No personal offense intended.
     
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  16. rpn

    rpn Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Well, RMJ calls them 'hawks and it's what they are. My mistake, thanks for pointing it out laddy. ;)

    I blame my error on a hellacious week...or beer. ;) :)

    In any case it's an impressive tool.
     
  17. Alocksly

    Alocksly

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    Dec 30, 2013
    No marks at all on either of them after a vinegar bath (two baths actually). Very clear lines where the temper is. The HBish one had a hardened poll.

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  18. CedarEater

    CedarEater

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    Aug 31, 2012
    I went to help my brother-in-laws family move a couple days ago and my wife found this abused hatchet head out by their wood pile. It was her grandfather's hatchet and it rode home in my truck. It is a 1942 American Fork & Hoe Co. hatchet that is stamped with the military U.S. on it. It should clean up and will get a custom new haft eventually and probably be a birthday present for my step son next year.

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    My apologies for the crappy picture taken with my phone.
     
  19. cmshoot

    cmshoot

    39
    Jun 6, 2014
    True Temper Flint Edge Kelly Works

    Well........it followed me home nearly 30 years ago. It was my Grandpa's axe (I'm his namesake) and he gave it to me many years ago.

    I rehafted it last year. I loaned it out and someone tried to use it for a pry bar.......cracked the original helve badly about halfway down. I was not happy.

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  20. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
    Well that's a keeper.
     

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