Spanish flea market finds.

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

  1. Termax

    Termax

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    Jan 31, 2016
    Thats true,they dont have a very big selection at least in axes or axe items,and talking about ferreterías,most of the owners of a ferreteria are old people that actually uses or have used the tools they sell so i would put my money on a ferreteria way before than in a big chain store

    Talking aside of this,Sharp,where are the flea markets you go?i've never in one that had old axe heads

    Regards,Termax
     
  2. ThePeacent

    ThePeacent

    Sep 15, 2013
    Truer words can't be said.
    These are the big retailers for people who don't know/care much about quality or don't know where to find the good old stuff.

    Don't get me wrong, I was just giving alternatives cheap and available enough for anyone here
    Sorry if my words were offensive, it wasn't my intention at all
     
  3. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

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    Mar 8, 2011
    P.M'd you, not sure that this is interesting to everyone else :)

    No offence at all, also sorry if I sounded defensive. ;)
     
  4. Termax

    Termax

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    Jan 31, 2016
    You cant offend me with that good intention of yours for helping others,we are here to learn and help others learn with our own experiencies or thoughts
     
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  5. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

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    Mar 8, 2011
    Re-handled three more heads including the one in post #111 with the eye tapered the wrong way, nothing a bit of filing didn't sort out.
    A very old cross peen (I don't have a before photo of it bought as a rusty head) & a bronze ball peen head, thought it really nice & think it's a DIY turned head, tried not to over clean it.

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    Put an edge on the tiny hatchet & tried it out, it works really nice, OK it has it's limitations but it will now be my light hatchet for walking or cycling seeing as it weighs about the same as a can of Coke.

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    The head can have the handle taped out easily enough & the head can then be use in the palm for cutting duties, a bonus of it being small & rounded.

    :)
     
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  6. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

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    Mar 8, 2011
    Not exactly Flea Market finds but a few hatchets that I have admired hung on the wall in a friends garage for years, today I asked to take a couple of pictures.

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    I love the shape of the curved one, it was my friends father-in-laws & was likely used for trimming olive trees. All the handles appear to be home made from limbs
    I suggested that the handle was up-side-down but we tried it the other way & it didn't fit very well, then with the handle fitted the way it is in the picture we did imaginary overhead tree pruning & realised it works quite well that way. ;)
     
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  7. Agent_H

    Agent_H Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Interesting looking axes you came upon. Looking forward to what you do with them :thumbsup:
     
  8. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

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    Mar 8, 2011
    Not my axes, they have sentimental value for my friend, just thought folks might like to see them, especially the curved one.

    Speaking of which I can't find any info on the marking "LFA".
    ;)
     
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  9. Agent_H

    Agent_H Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    I didn't get the part that you hadn't taken them in. Still quite interesting though. The two handles there are similar - same maker/owner?
     
  10. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

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    Mar 8, 2011
    They were all owned by the same person, haven't been used for many years.
     
  11. Moonw

    Moonw

    Nov 19, 2014
    I get a kick out of these. These are hands down sexy.
     
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  12. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

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    Mar 8, 2011
    Sexy.....haha. :)

    But they are honest old tools & have a real appeal especially still having the handles.

    The smallest one is pretty much the same as the one I used for the ulta light hatchet head.
     
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  13. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

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    Mar 8, 2011
    A few things turned up today.

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    A Sandvik 5lb axe marked made in Germany, anyone know why that is? A couple of unusual shaped old hatchets & a nice little Ramon Onraida made adze.
    The three strips are I think planer blades, I though they might be good for forging, they are HSS & after a quick search maybe not.
     
  14. Lieblad

    Lieblad

    Jul 24, 2015
    Sandvik has factories worldwide.
    They also buy from other companies but badged with the name "Sandvik"
     
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  15. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

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    Mar 8, 2011
    Thank you. :thumbsup:
     
  16. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
    The Sandvik looks like a Helko.
     
  17. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

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    Mar 8, 2011
    I think the same axe is branded Bahco now, could be branded Helko as well?
    Who knows who made this stuff at source.

    The old hatchets seem to be referred to as Catalan pattern.
     
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  18. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

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    Mar 8, 2011
    The smaller of the two Catalan style hatchet heads has cleaned up lovely, clearly hand forged & marked Perez with Sabadell, a town in Cataluna, northern Spain where it seems this unique style evolved.
    The individual hammer marks can be seen & felt.

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    I really like how tiny the eye is & how very thin it's been forged.

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    The handle on this one looks home made, the larger one has probably it's original handle which needs a little TLC.
    Interestingly the hatchets I've googled in this style have kerfs cut a long way past the tiny eyes like the original handled larger one.
     
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  19. Moonw

    Moonw

    Nov 19, 2014
    That is an original design alright, I wonder what was the most likely wood they were chopping with those?
     
  20. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

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    Mar 8, 2011
    Sabadell is close to Barcelona, apparently beech, oak, birch & fir make up the major forested areas there.

    It looks as though these hatchets are designed so wood & shavings pass in front of the eye, quite a different approach to the majority of axes.
     

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