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Oh Mann...

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by VintageAxe, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. VintageAxe

    VintageAxe Basic Member Basic Member

    166
    Mar 12, 2011
    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.
    Enjoy!
    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?
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    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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  2. VintageAxe

    VintageAxe Basic Member Basic Member

    166
    Mar 12, 2011
    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.
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    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.
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    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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  3. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
    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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    from http://mudpondhewing.blogspot.com/2012/07/origins-of-north-american-pattern.html
     
  4. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012

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

    bearhunter

    Sep 12, 2009
    Those are sweeet :)
     
  6. scruffuk

    scruffuk Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 14, 2010
    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?

    :eek: 42"....6lb head?! I don't think I could hold it up without it tipping me over
     
  7. VintageAxe

    VintageAxe Basic Member Basic Member

    166
    Mar 12, 2011
    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 :)
     
  8. cooperhill

    cooperhill

    985
    Nov 14, 2011
    I wish I had axes like this lying around. Wow. nice. Thanks for sharing.
     
  9. M3mphis

    M3mphis

    Jan 13, 2011
    Wowza! Amazing pieces, Sir. Thanks for posting!
     

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