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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
    I DO like them! A lot of weight in the eye of that big one. It should pack quite a punch.
     
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  2. garry3

    garry3

    Sep 11, 2012
    Those are the nicest shears I have ever seen.:thumbup:

    I am also looking for a good vintage pair for my wife. I discovered that she has no idea what a really good pair is like after I used her "good pair" the other day. Ignorance is bliss if you don't know any better I suppose. I predict a well made vintage pair will be a revelation.
     
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  3. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    Truly an impressive pair! I'd love to get my hands on a set just like it.
     
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  4. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

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    Mar 8, 2011
    I do know what you mean & sympathize, my wife doesn't like the kitchen knives too sharp because shes less likely to cut herself :rolleyes: So, his & her knives it is. Hope she doesn't read this.....

    Yes they are nice & I should have done a "in hand" shot, they don't look like 14" in the pic (the vendor had an even bigger pair :eek: but with the nut missing), also nice is the purposely made wide nut"n"bolt that make sure they don't lay on their side when put down so it's easy to pick up again, & also to help the material being cut run under on one side & over the other.
     
  5. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

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    Mar 8, 2011
    A real mixed bag haul from this weekend. :cool:

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    The fireman's hatchet that has it's original handle but sadly badly refitted about 2" shorter with a lovely coat of red paint over the rust! It's stamped R.A for Ramon Onraida (Guipuzcoa, Spain. Ugaldie's stomping ground :)) 1kg, another project.......

    A "Buck & Hickman Ltd" hacking knife & a very old unmarked carbon kitchen blade I'm going to re-shape & handle, it's only 1/8th at it widest point.

    Lastly a hammer head loosely stuck on a shaft that I thought was a scythe peening hammer, but at only 11.5oz maybe not? Looks by the eye it should have a slip handle with the head orientated the other way, longest side out. So now not sure, no markings.
     
  6. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

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    Mar 8, 2011
    Some more variations on claw hammers ;) Strapped heads.

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    The small one on the right being an old English head cast all in one, the other two unknown.

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    Pictured with a tiny chasing hammer head I made a handle for, & a Portuguese "Jaguar" silver smiths head I handled.
     
  7. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
    I really like the look of the straps on the top one. All super cool!
     
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  8. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

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    Mar 8, 2011
    Made a handle for the smaller of the two wrought heads in post #73 & 78.
    Started with a Rowen log & used a tiny 9oz (250g) hatchet to thin it down a bit, which it did really well!

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    After some draw knifing & smoothing, then B.L.O.

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    And draw knifed down an old cut down hickory handle for the fireman's head from post #105, it had a curved hatchet handle from the factory despite having a tapered eye rather than an "hourglass" one.....
    A factory catalogue picture here, forth picture down in this thread-
    http://armasblancas.mforos.com/933171/11837519-catalogo-hachas-ramon-onraita-olivo/
    I decided I wanted a slip handle & like the marking left over from some of the old weathered handle. Did a little grinding on the head to improve the shape, in my eyes :rolleyes:


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    Really like the fact the old head has a hole at the bottom of the eye.
     
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  9. Termax

    Termax

    9
    Jan 31, 2016
    Could you make a video making one of that slip through handles?i have the same axe head of the third photo of your first post in this thread and im struggling to make a handle for it.
    Thanks for sharing your work with us,at least for me is a pleasure seeing your work.
    (Excuse me for my awful english,its not my first language)
     
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  10. EricV

    EricV

    Nov 19, 2008
    I found this hammer in my grandfather's basement that other day that looks like half of your recent pickup. It looks very much like the original handle so maybe your's is also supposed to have that orientation.

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  11. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

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    Mar 8, 2011
    Hi Termax, thanks & your English is fine :thumbsup:

    I wouldn't know where to start making a video...........:eek:

    Are you in Spain? If so replacement "slip" handles are available from a lot of older Ferreterias, sometimes they fit, most times they need a little shaping to fit nice.

    If you want to make a handle from a block or dried log it's better to split it first to get the best grain orientation, then shape it with an axe until it's a bit bigger than you want.
    Use a Draw knife (a spoke shave, a coarse rasp or a disc on an Angle grinder could be used) to thin it down more.
    Start at the opposite end of the handle to where you want the head to finally fit, make the head fit on that end first to get an idea what shape the handle has to be for the head to slide all the way along it, then make the handle this shape all the way along except for the other end where the head will finally fit, that has to flare out / be bigger so the head wedges.
    Work slowly, try the head, remove a tiny bit more & try the head again, keep working s-l-o-w-l-y like this, it's easy to remove wood but not so easy to add it back ;)
    Finish with a rasp, scraper &/or sandpaper.

    Hope that helps, I can take more pictures when I do another if that would help.

    That's the way I imagined it should fit, except the eye is tapered the wrong way :confused:

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    As can be seen the eye is over 1/16 (2mm) bigger on the longer side so it isn't made to be mounted with angled/tapered side out, nothing to keep it on the shaft.
    Not sure about the smaller marks in the eye also, they are not symmetrical one doesn't run the full width.

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    Of course a few minutes with a file can make the eye any shape & it'd be easy enough to alter it & mount it that way, just strange that the eye is made this way?
     
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  12. EricV

    EricV

    Nov 19, 2008
    I have seen other hammer with an ax style taper (Inverted from the typical hammer). Heck I just put a new handle on a ball peen from a mining brand that had a pronounced "bump" midway down the head in the eye, which seems to be some sort of extra locking mechanism once the wedge is in. I'll see if I can measure mine when I get home, they're not the same, but it could be interesting.
     
  13. Agent_H

    Agent_H Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 21, 2013


    Great work! Those are both lookers.

    I like the log to handle portion - more work than tuning a store bought one and I don't know where I would find a backswept Rowan slip fit handle.
     
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  14. Termax

    Termax

    9
    Jan 31, 2016
    Yes im from Andalucia,i have a few olive branches that i cut a few weeks ago and i would like to do it myself and from that specific wood,im making one handle actually and i have it fitting except from the handle head,i would be very helpful if you made more photos of the process if it doesnt bother you,i can only use a rasp,an axe and a angle grinder,i dont have a spokeshave or a draw knife but if you know where to buy one here in andalucia in a physical store tell me please,also are you spanish or you are only living here?thank you for the time you spent in answering me and as i said earlier for your awesome work
     
  15. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

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    Mar 8, 2011
    Termax, I'm British & have been living in Andalusia for 22 years......

    You can use "green" undried wood for a slip handle because the wedge shape can easily compensate for the wood as it dries & shrinks, but it's probably better to use "seasoned" dry wood to avoid warping.

    P.M'd you.
     
  16. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

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    Mar 8, 2011
    So, after being impressed with how the small hatchet with the head weighing only 9 ish oz(260g) carved in post #108 got me thinking..........

    I present the L.M.H.V (low mass, high velocity :confused:) hatchet.
    A similar head ground down even more to weigh under 8oz (220g) & a total weight of 11.5oz (330g) with the long light 19" handle.

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    Pictured with a Walters hatchet to give an idea of size.

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    I know a really light head is not a new idea, but thought it was quite cool until it was finished when I realized it's................. a Tomahawk .................:rolleyes:
     
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  17. Whiskey_Jim

    Whiskey_Jim

    280
    Feb 21, 2017
    All these curved slip fit hatchets are freaking me out :eek::thumbsup:
     
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  18. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

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    Mar 8, 2011
    Good :cool:

    :) Thanks.
     
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  19. ThePeacent

    ThePeacent

    Sep 15, 2013
    Not as nice as natural wood you took yourself, or branches you cut from your own trees, but apart from "Ferreterias" you can find many sizes, woods and shapes of handles for your projects at two major Spanish stores (like Wallmarts in the US, these are everywhere in our country):

    - Leroy Merlin
    - Bauhaus

    hope to see some pics of your project!
     
  20. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

    204
    Mar 8, 2011

    With respect, both Leroy Merlin & Bauhaus are in my area (Malaga) & I use them for some items for which they are very good, but for handles
    I can find a much bigger selection, better quality & cheaper in local Ferreterias, the older the Ferreterias usually the better.
    (Bauhaus Malaga has a limited selection of handles, Leroy Merlin Malaga has no small handles at all, just rake/pick type garden handles).

    Plus old "Ferreterias" (hardware stores) are usually Spanish owned "Mom & Pop" stores not huge French or German owned chains, if that matters........

    Obviously, it might not be the same in every area.
     
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