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Axe ID help please

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by snowballsnowflake, Mar 18, 2017.

  1. snowballsnowflake

    snowballsnowflake

    36
    Mar 18, 2017
    Greetings,
    I have an axe that came from my grandparents house. I know it was purchased from a local hardware store in the 1970's. I cleaned it up and sharpened it. Still has some original red paint on the head and A 31 stamped on metal. Head dimensions are 6-3/8" long, Blade is 3-7/8" wide and rear is 2-1/2" wide. Handle is 24-1/2" long with overall length 27". Handle has some safety warnings still visible. It in next to unused condition. Any help with manufacturer or other info is appreciated

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    Last edited: Mar 18, 2017
  2. DeadFall27

    DeadFall27 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 18, 2011
    Off the top of my head, I am unsure of what you have. However, you can use Imgur, Photobucket, or any similar free photo sharing site to post pics on here. Hopefully we can help you out here.
     
  3. DarthTaco123

    DarthTaco123

    Mar 28, 2013
    Sounds like a paper label True Temper Kelly Works wokdslasher. The marking on it has been called military markings but I highly doubt that story. Likely it is some form of factory code.
     
  4. snowballsnowflake

    snowballsnowflake

    36
    Mar 18, 2017
    pictures posted above. thanks
     
  5. Agent_H

    Agent_H Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Any ridges in the eye?
     
  6. jblyttle

    jblyttle Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2014
    I agree.
     
  7. snowballsnowflake

    snowballsnowflake

    36
    Mar 18, 2017
    Yes. 4 total two on each side. The ridges on one side are farther apart than the other two.
     
  8. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
    Almost certainly a Woodslasher.
     
  9. Operator1975

    Operator1975

    Sep 24, 2010
    It is a woodslasher. The A31 mark is an internal audit number on the dies used to make the axe that they could track wear and tear over time, and knew when to replace.
     
  10. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
    Finally a good explanation for those letter/number stamps.

    Any idea why only certain dies got this treatment?
     
  11. Operator1975

    Operator1975

    Sep 24, 2010
    Post 1960 when better technology took over and Woodslasher was the primary line, if one of the few, that was still being made in axes.
     
  12. snowballsnowflake

    snowballsnowflake

    36
    Mar 18, 2017
    thanks!
     

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