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Snow & Nealley time line

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by rjdankert, Dec 31, 2015.

  1. garry3

    garry3

    Sep 11, 2012
    Outstanding!
    Thank you.
     
  2. rjdankert

    rjdankert Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 10, 2011
    Thought this was interesting re: the current S & N
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    Alnamvet68
    The source is Snow & Nealley themselves, specifically, Chris, one of the son's. It was also confirmed by the midwest provider of the forgings, who's name I am not at liberty to divulge. That said, the current pamphlet/catalog should contain that info once every Snow & Nealley model offered is USA made. Currently, the Pulaski, the Splitting Maul, and the mini-maul use the forgings from China. While they haven't purchased any forgings from China in over a year, they are using up the left over stock, and are taking great pains to polish and profile these forgings in a manner that says quality (unlike the previous owners who were notorious for putting on the market finished heads that were substandard at best). In the meantime, the molds/dies for the remaining 3 models should be in service sometime this Spring.
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    From this thread:
    http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php/946603-Maine-Axes-post-em-up/page7
    page 7, post #137

    Bob
     
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2016
  3. Dicko

    Dicko

    323
    Dec 28, 2014
    Meaning they are once again 100% Made In the USA?

    Which is good! I'm on the lookout... just need to find an online retailer that will post to Australia. I have seen a couple of pictures with Made in the USA stamping on them but don't want to risk a Chinese production.
     
  4. Alnamvet68

    Alnamvet68

    Mar 26, 2013
    Actually, with the exception of the three models I listed above, Snow & Nealley have been marketing USA made axes since late 2013/early 2014. The Hudson Bay Camp axe and Penobscot were the first axes to wear the new rollmarks/stamp on the head.
     
  5. Dicko

    Dicko

    323
    Dec 28, 2014
    ^^That's great! I really like their Hudson Bay style.

    Now to find one...
     
  6. TexAg

    TexAg

    9
    Jan 4, 2016
    Great work!
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading through that, thanks.
     
  7. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
    Some details from the later years, including the products being offered and how they were labelled during different years (as shown on Snow and Nealley's website at the time, courtesy of the Wayback Machine).

    From sntools.com website
    3/31/97 -- 1/27/99
    (Covers the last couple years of Nealley ownership, plus three months after Hutchins bought S&N)

    Snow & Nealley Axes & Mauls

    Belt Axe, #014 - The perfect lightweight camping axe for the outdoor enthusiast. Designed especially for hiking and camping. Features a 1 1/4 lb. head with a 15" handle. $24.95

    Hudson Bay Kindling Axe, #011 - This axe is ideal for one hand use in splitting kindling wood; at home, at camp, at the lodge, or at the condo. With a 1 3/4 lb. Hudson Bay head on an 18" knobbed handle, it's light and easy to use. $28.95

    Hudson Bay Camping Axe The Hudson Bay Camping Axe, #012 - The Hudson Bay Camping Axe was originally designed for trappers, hunters, and fishermen on expeditions along the Hudson Bay. Its lightweight head made it easy to carry. Its 24" handle gave it the versatility outdoorsmen needed. Today, whether used for pounding tent stakes or for more traditional uses, it's the favorite of outdoor enthusiasts everywhere. Features a 1 3/4 lb. head on a 24" handle. $29.95

    Belt Axe Sheath, #076 - $4.95

    Hudson Bay Sheath, #077 - $4.95

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    [Note the lettering on the sheath.]

    Our Best 2-1/2 lb. Axe, #016 - A versatile utility axe that does great work on fence posts, garden stakes, limbing a felled tree, and all sorts of other practical jobs around the home. Handle is 28". $34.95

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    [Note that this axe is 2-1/2 pounds during this period. Later this changes to 2-1/4 pounds. Also note the label used, it also changes later.]

    Our Best 3-1/2 lb. Axe, #026 - The woodsman's favorite. This classic single bit axe is perfect for big jobs. Fitted with a 30" handle for greater leverage. $36.95

    Broad Axe, #030 - America's earliest settlements were built with the Broad Axe. It was used to square rough timbers into posts and beams for cabins, and even for fence posts. Today this unique axe still serves those traditional functions. Features a 5 lb. head with a 24" handle. $149.95

    3lb. Mini Maul 3-lb. Mini Maul #952 - The perfect splitting tool for smaller jobs, this maul can be used with one hand. Its unique design features a 3 lb. head on an 18" handle. $24.95 The 3-lb Mini Maul can also be purchased together with the Hudson Bay Kindling Axe in our Split'n Kindle Set.

    7-lb. Splitting Maul #950 - Specially designed to make wood splitting easier. Unique contouring from mid-head to blade forces the wood apart once it's set into the log, Handle Length: 32" $29.95
    Maul Blade Guard, #075 - $4.95

    Display Board [note the different markings on the axe]

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    From archived S&N Website (check out the additional photos):
    https://web.archive.org/web/19970331083240/http://sntools.com/axestool.htm


    More to follow...
     
  8. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
    3/31/1997 -- 1/27/1999:
    sntools.com
    "Every tool we make is forged out of our own brick furnaces, sharpened by hand on our stone grinding wheels and then carefully assembled in our factory on the west bank of the Penobscot river. Each tool blends high carbon steel with native Maine ash, rock maple, and other select hardwoods to achieve the ultimate in durability and ease of function."
    https://web.archive.org/web/19970331083404/http://sntools.com/index.htm

    11/28/1999 (First year of new ownership):
    snowandnealley.com
    "Every tool we make is forged out of our own brick furnaces, sharpened by hand on our stone grinding wheels..."
    https://web.archive.org/web/19991128005634/http://www.snowandnealley.com/snshop/welcome.asp

    After November of 1999, the line ""Every tool we make is forged out of our own brick furnaces" seems to have disappeared from the S&N website.


    More to follow...
     
  9. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
    1/26/2000:
    Today, Snow & Nealley's history of manufacturing quality tools continues under new ownership. The Hutchins family, with a long history of conducting business in Maine is working to revitalize the Snow & Nealley brand while preserving its finest attributes. Lois' son Bowdie Nealley will remain in charge of production under Snow & Nealley's new ownership.

    3/11/2000:
    Today, Snow & Nealley's history of manufacturing quality tools continues under new ownership. The Hutchins family, with a long history of conducting business in Maine is working to revitalize the Snow & Nealley brand while preserving its finest attributes.
    [The part about Bowdie Nealley has been removed.]



    More to follow...
     
  10. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
    2000 - 2002:

    Axes and Mauls

    “Our Best” Single Bit 2.25 lbs. with Guard
    “Our Best” Single Bit 3.5 lbs with Guard
    8# Sledge Eye Maul 36 inch handle w/guard
    Boys Belt Axe 15 inch handle w/sheath
    Double Bit Axe w/guards
    Hudson Bay Camping Axe 1.75 lbs., 24" Handle with Sheath
    Mini Maul 3 lbs., 18" Handle with Guard
    Penobscot Bay Kindling Axe 1.75 lbs., 18" Knobbed Handle with Sheath
    Pulaski Axe 36 inch w/guard
    Sledge Eye Maul 8 lbs., 32” Handle with Guard

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    [Note that Boys axe is now 2-1/4 pound, not 2-1/2 pound, and no label is shown on the head.]

    https://web.archive.org/web/20000527012450/http://www.snowandnealley.com/snshop/dept.asp?dept_id=1


    More to follow...
     
  11. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
    Oct 2003 - May 2006:
    8 axes (incl. Maine Fire Axe), plus mauls on another page.

    Axes

    Penobscot Bay Kindling Axe 18” handle with Sheath
    Price: $64.98

    Hudson Bay Camping Axe 24” handle with Sheath
    Price: $69.98

    Young Camper’s Belt Axe 15” handle with Sheath
    Price: $59.98

    “Our Best” Single Bit 2.25 lb. 28” handle with Guard
    Price: $64.98

    "Our Best” Single Bit 3.5 lb. 30” handle with Guard
    Price: $69.98

    “Our Best” Double Bit 36” handle with Guard
    Price: $86.98

    Pulaski Axe 36” handle with Guard
    Price: $86.98

    Maine Fire Axe
    Price: $86.98

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    https://web.archive.org/web/20060510023453/http://www.snowandnealley.com/merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=SNWS&Category_Code=Axes

    (Note black painted heads and different labelling.)



    More to follow...
     
  12. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
    July 2007 - January 2012:
    7 Axes ("Maine Fire Axe" appears to have been dropped) plus mauls on another page.

    Penobscot Bay Kindling Axe 18” handle with Guard
    Hudson Bay Camping Axe 24” handle with Guard
    Young Camper’s Belt Axe 15” handle with Sheath
    “Our Best” Single Bit 2.25 lb. 28” handle with Guard
    “Our Best” Single Bit 3.5 lb. 30” handle with Guard
    “Our Best” Double Bit 36” handle with Guard
    Pulaski Axe 36” handle with Guard

    https://web.archive.org/web/20120118084849/http://www.snowandnealley.com/products/axes.htm


    “Our Best” Single Bit 2.25 lb. 28” handle with Guard

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    A versatile utility axe that works well on fence posts, garden stakes, limbing a felled tree, and all sorts of other practical jobs around the home. Ground on our own stone wheels, we provide you with a factory edge like no other axe on the market today. Our genuine leather blade guard is included for your safety. 28" handle length.


    https://web.archive.org/web/20120111062048/http://www.snowandnealley.com/products/axes/obsb22528.htm
     
  13. Sweet water

    Sweet water

    14
    Jan 25, 2016
    its time to support companys like this to make sure 1. they stay in buisiness and 2. they keep the made in USA label on their products. Even though i prefer vintage axes , I will be purchasing at least 1 axe from them in the near future. Hopefully people will start looking at Snow and Nealley before they go to the swedish products.
     
  14. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
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    Good attitude!
     
  15. rjdankert

    rjdankert Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 10, 2011
    Not sure what all S & N is currently making. Here are three current retail offerings:


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    Single Bit Axe
    Head 7-1⁄4"L x 4-1⁄8"W, 3-1⁄2 lb
    Overall about 29-1⁄4"L, 5 lb

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    Penobscot Bay Kindling Axe
    Head 6-1⁄2"L x 3-3⁄4"W, 1-3/4 lb
    Overall about 17"L, 2-3⁄4 lb

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    Hudson Bay Camping Axe
    Head 6-3⁄4"L x 3-7⁄8"W, 1-3⁄4 lb
    Overall about 22-3⁄4"L, 2-1⁄2 lb


    And for what it's worth:
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    Bob
     
  16. RICKOFF

    RICKOFF

    372
    Jun 2, 2009
    Hi, Bob thanks for the info.

    I bought the Hudson Bay for my birthday last January, it is so well made and beautiful I have never used it.
     
  17. rjdankert

    rjdankert Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 10, 2011
    UR welcome

    I'm pretty much in the camp of "take it out and use it for what it was made for", but I will admit that I've done similar with a couple of knives so I think I understand. Oh well, you can't have your cake and eat it too.:D

    Bob
     
  18. 300Six

    300Six

    Aug 29, 2013
    Off topic but this one is a perfect example of 'manufactured' runout due to using horizontal grain wood for a curved handle. Were the handle straight this would not have cropped up.
     
  19. rjdankert

    rjdankert Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 10, 2011
  20. rjdankert

    rjdankert Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 10, 2011
    Found some S & N stuff, but no documentation, so not added to timeline.

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    Bob
     
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2016

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