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Spanish flea market finds.

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by I'mSoSharp, Oct 7, 2016.

  1. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
    No. Not an overstrike protector. It's simply to increase the surface area of contact between the haft and the head. This reduced wear on the haft. Recall that old world axe makers didn't have access to hickory which only grew in N. America. This is why many European axes to this day have a larger eye size than American axes. It takes more wood in the eye to make an adequate haft if you don't have hickory.
     
  2. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

    181
    Mar 8, 2011
    Picked these two uglies up today :rolleyes:

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    I like the shape of the top one, it weighs 1lb 6oz with a normal steel wedged handle (with fancy splits!), the lower one 1lb 4oz with a slip handle someone had decided would benefit from having half a dozen nails driven into it.....
    The slip handle is a goner, the split handle should be too but am hatching a plan to maybe save it ;)
     
  3. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

    181
    Mar 8, 2011
    A bit of black epoxy & it's good as new :rolleyes:

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    It would have been easier to re-handle it but I wanted to see what it looked like, glad I did as I like it, a very solid handle.


    And following on from this thread- http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php/1424530-Large-French-axe -I finally handled the last of the three big heads.
    For this last one I made a slip through handle.

    I started off thinning a Rowen log down that I'd stored a couple of years ago.
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    Using just the hatchet I shaved it down, here slipped half way through the eye.
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    Normally I'd go inside & use a draw knife but this time I thought I'd see haw far I could get with the hatchet & the knife I had in my pocket at the time, a Douk-douk.
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    A bit rough, I used the pocket knife as a scraper.
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    Still, a totally usable haft as it would've probably been done some years ago, might give it a sanding tomorrow before oiling.

    :)
     
  4. Able_walker

    Able_walker

    145
    Jul 16, 2015
    That epoxy job actually looks pretty cool....well done. Old wood always has a character worth preserving.
     
  5. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
    That's great work and I love how you used the natural curve of the wood to your advantage.
     
  6. Agent_H

    Agent_H Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    I like that. Thank you for the ride-along pictures as well!
     
  7. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

    181
    Mar 8, 2011
    Thanks, & yes it does look pretty nice. Sadly when digging the wedge out of the slightly loose head to get it off that end became unusable, so it's about an inch shorter than it was when found. Coulnd't agree more on old wood.

    Thanks, I had a few straight & curved bits stored, will have to find some more for the future as I haven't much left.

    Thanks, & you're welcome.

    :)
     
  8. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

    181
    Mar 8, 2011
    Not a flea market find. Got it from a neighbor yesterday, on a long slip through round shaft.

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    It's a Spanish made "Bellota" 801-0.

    What's it called in English? Matttocaxe, Axmattock :D
     
  9. Canadian Mojo

    Canadian Mojo

    100
    Jan 5, 2016
    I'd be inclined to call it a Pulaski although they look a little different.
     
  10. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    The Italians would call that a "zappascura" -- literally a "hoe axe". Its closest American analog would be a cutter mattock, but they are a clearly different tool, though used for similar tasks.
     
  11. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

    181
    Mar 8, 2011
    Yes, it would seem a Pulaski is roughly an axe with the addition of a smaller digging adze, whereas a Mattock is an adze with the addition of a smaller axe....... maybe. :rolleyes:

    Mans first tools probably went something like hammer, knife, adze! It seems like every country/culture has adze & mattock type tools but has so many different names, not only in different countries but even different regions.

    The Wikipedia entry for Mattock shows a near identical shaped head to mine, like you correctly said is a Cutter Mattock, that one has an oval eye, I do remember these in the UK with oval tapered eyes, same as pick axes, it seems here in Spain the Mattocks & Axes are virtually the same except they have round eyes.

    My confusion over the name comes from the very common single bladed digging adze seen everywhere here, I thought that was a called Mattock in English but stand corrected as it would appear a Mattock always has a cutter or pick.
     
  12. Beachlogger

    Beachlogger

    145
    Dec 27, 2015
    I'm so sharp, you do great work, very impressed!
     
  13. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

    181
    Mar 8, 2011
  14. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

    181
    Mar 8, 2011
    A few more rusted lumps that might be of interest.

    Firstly a shallow gutter adze head that I'll clean up, grind & handle.

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    Quite pleased with getting this for the price of a coupla cups of coffee, I don't see too many & when I do see one it's usually wire wheeled to death & the vendor thinks it's super valuable because it's "antique" :rolleyes:

    Next is my now slow growing collection of crazy old claw hammer heads (I know it's an axe forum but think they count, just!).
    The large one I found first & posted some time ago in the "sledgehammer" thread, since then I've found a couple more & can't resist their "caricature of a claw hammer" looks, I can't help but smile. The larger two have different markings on the back side of the head, the smaller I haven't got round to de-rusting, it looks interesting as it has more shape, but very poor condition.

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    Also a couple more slip through hatchets I'll have to get photographed.......

    :)
     
  15. Agent_H

    Agent_H Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    The hammers are really pretty cool.

    Now I want to see the slip through hatchets...

    :thumbup:
     
  16. HARDBALL

    HARDBALL

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    May 6, 2001
  17. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

    181
    Mar 8, 2011
    Small one cleaned up & no visible markings, all now handled.

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    I've named the smallest "Kenny" :)

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  18. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    Wow! "Kenny" is awesome! :D
     
  19. garry3

    garry3

    Sep 11, 2012
    Nice to see a good craftsmans work. Thanks for sharing with us.
    Those hammers are interesting, how old are they?
     
  20. daizee

    daizee KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 30, 2009
    Wow, I really like a lot of these patterns!
    Great work with the handles. Please stop making me want old cultivating tool...
     

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