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Axe Head patterns for chopping

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by vcbvcbvcb, Dec 10, 2015.

  1. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    An even less aggressive method of easily removing varnish from handles is to use a card scraper. Especially if you have one with a concave edge it really takes it off fast and without removing much wood along with it.
     
  2. vcbvcbvcb

    vcbvcbvcb

    632
    Aug 1, 2012
    Where do you guys get handles?
     
  3. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    I get 'em from Seymour Midwest/O.P. Link. They're known for being on the thick side, but I prefer to have more wood to work with than less. Allows me to get it just how I want it. The wood is consistently high quality. As I understand it, they're the supplier to Council.
     
  4. vcbvcbvcb

    vcbvcbvcb

    632
    Aug 1, 2012
    Connecticut? For the life of me I don't see a difference between these two heads. The black one is labeled "Connecticut" in the ad.


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  5. Square_peg

    Square_peg Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Beaver Tooth Handles is Tennessee Hickory Products retail website. I think TH has the best wood. The trouble is they come fat as a bat and need some serious slimming. But they're my favorite because of the quality of the wood. I have a couple local suppliers who stock TH so I'm able to hand pick the handles I like.
     
  6. cooperhill

    cooperhill

    Nov 14, 2011
    Both look Dayton-ish to me.

    CT are wider in general. A few of mine.

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  7. vcbvcbvcb

    vcbvcbvcb

    632
    Aug 1, 2012
    Cooperhill, I thought the difference between a Dayton and Connecticut was that the drop at the heel was a more severe angle on the Dayton. However, your ax that's laying upside down on a chunk of wood has the same heel. Is the only difference between the two patterns the vertical height if the head and length of the bit? Very nice collection, BTW!
     
  8. Hacked

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    947
    Jun 1, 2010
    To me what makes the Connecticut distinctive is the wide bit like a Jersey pattern but an otherwise simple shape like a Dayton. They stand out because of their very long bit, at least to me they do. Maybe I've looked at too many axes.
     
  9. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    Yeah Connecticuts are basically a vertically elongated Dayton. There's a slight difference in the slope of the bottom side of the head (it's a bit more severe of a hollow on the Connie) but it's a fairly subtle difference in that regard. The vertical dimension is the single largest distinguishing feature.
     
  10. vcbvcbvcb

    vcbvcbvcb

    632
    Aug 1, 2012
    Repost
     
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2015
  11. vcbvcbvcb

    vcbvcbvcb

    632
    Aug 1, 2012
    Try again: Any idea what this is? 7" long, 4 1/2" bit, 4 lbs.

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  12. Hacked

    Hacked

    947
    Jun 1, 2010
    It's a Keen Kutter that's had its toe ground off ;-)
     
  13. vcbvcbvcb

    vcbvcbvcb

    632
    Aug 1, 2012
    Thanks, but I should have been more specific. I know it's a Keen Kutter, I have a KK hatchet. I wanted to know what head pattern it is.
     
  14. Hacked

    Hacked

    947
    Jun 1, 2010
    The huge amount of wear on the bit, especially the toe makes it a little hard to tell but my guess is a full sized Dayton. The point I was getting at is that I would lean towards leaving examples like this on the table. And axe in better shape will be much more satisfying to use.
     
  15. vcbvcbvcb

    vcbvcbvcb

    632
    Aug 1, 2012
    OK, thanks
     
  16. Operator1975

    Operator1975 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Sep 24, 2010
    Connecticuts differ from Daytons by having a slightly round poll, longer distance from top of eye to bottom of eye, flare higher on the toe and heel of the bit, and usually thicker cheeks as well.
     
  17. vcbvcbvcb

    vcbvcbvcb

    632
    Aug 1, 2012
    I'm trying to picture what you mean by "flare". Is the flare seen from the front of the edge? If so, does the edge look like a shallow hourglass?
     
  18. Square_peg

    Square_peg Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    That's all that is pertinent. Worn out axe. Might have been a Dayton. The corners of the poll aren't quite as rounded as a typical Michigan.
     
  19. cooperhill

    cooperhill

    Nov 14, 2011
    That ones a keen kutter and maybe not the best representation of the pattern. Or possibly it's really a worn down Hoosier.
     
  20. Agent_H

    Agent_H Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Connecticut
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    Dayton
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    Coupled with above descriptions.
     

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