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Photos Axe Identification?

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by JonnyT, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. JonnyT

    JonnyT

    5
    Jun 13, 2018
    I've recently took possession of my grandfathers old axe and I'm planning on doing a faithful restoration at some point soon.

    I've not seen a small axe like this before with the blade on one side and a pointed pickaxe end on the other. I was hoping you all might be able to tell me what type of axe this is? What would it typically be used for?

    I appreciate there's not much sense of scale in the pictures but it is a smaller axe, definitely more hatchet sized, designed for single-handed use.

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  2. flexo

    flexo

    260
    Mar 14, 2013
    looks like a german fireman hatchet
     
  3. JonnyT

    JonnyT

    5
    Jun 13, 2018
    Having done an image search for "fireman's hatchet" I'm inclined to agree with you, but I have no idea why my grandfather would own one. He was a miner all his life and a warden during the second world war.
     
  4. JonnyT

    JonnyT

    5
    Jun 13, 2018
  5. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
  6. JonnyT

    JonnyT

    5
    Jun 13, 2018
    You guys got me thinking about this whole fireman’s axe thing, so when I got home after work today I grabbed the hatchet and took it out back with some warm water and a scouring pad to give it a good scrub.

    In doing so I found the following:
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    “London AFS 6332”

    Apparently this is from the “London Auxiliary Fire Service”

    My grand parents (and the rest of my family) are from the North East of England so I have no idea how this axe has made its way into my grandfathers possession all the way up North in the late 1930’s.
     
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  7. flexo

    flexo

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    Mar 14, 2013
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  8. JonnyT

    JonnyT

    5
    Jun 13, 2018
    Yep, I’m loving the belt too. I might have to make that part of my restoration plans.
     
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  9. jblyttle

    jblyttle Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2014
    I've seen Elwell fire hatchets in that style.
     

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