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Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by yontam, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. yontam

    yontam

    3
    Nov 8, 2011
    Hello
    I have had this axe for a few years now and I have started wondering if I should
    get a new one
    please tell me
    is it worth holding on to or is it low qulity and i should get a new one
    also if any one could tell me who made it and when
    it will be great
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  2. Humppa

    Humppa

    Jul 25, 2010
    Well, who made it is hard to say. But it might be a scandinavian made one. The second letter on the axehead is "O" with a mark that makes it a "Ö". So it could be norwegian, danish or iceland made. Just a question, is that "600" on the head 600 gramm or what should that mean?

    An axe with 600 gramm seems to be more a hatchet or a hawk but not the weight for an "adult" axe. They start to 1.000 gramm and much more, even. For lumberworks, i use a 1.600 gramm (which are about a little bit more 3 pounds) Ochsenkopf-Axe (germany). 600 gramm seem to really much too light for an axe.

    If you like it and it satisfies what you need on a chopping tool or what ever, I wouldn´t replace it. But I would add a couple of compaignions to that one. Maybe an Ochsenkopf from Germany or whatever.

    It has a nice axeform, afterall. I wouldn´t replace it, but tell me or us more about that one. I´m interested. What is written on that axehead?

    Kind regards
     
  3. Liam Ryan

    Liam Ryan

    Sep 26, 2005
    One thing comes to mind when I see that insignia, and I don't think it is 600 grams, more of a model number.

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  4. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
    "DIN5131" refers to the German National Standard for Hatchets.
    (DIN = Deutsches Institut fur Normung)
    This standard reportedly took effect on Jan 1, 1972.


    I'd bet that the 600 means a head weight of 600 grams (about 1-1/2 pounds).
     
  5. Pipeman

    Pipeman

    Dec 2, 2004
    600 grams is what it means. I have a DANKRE 800 gram head that was called a kitchen axe, I assume by the head shape it was meant as a kindling splitter. If you get rid of it you can send it to me ;-)) Nice little axe.

    Best regards

    Robin
     
  6. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
    The stamped bird and circle trademark could mean that the hatchet was made by the Redtenbacher company at Scharnstein, Austria. I know they made scythe blades, but I don't know if they made hatchets.

    I'm basing this on the list of trademarks compiled by Wolfgang Jordan at this site:
    http://www.holzwerken.de/museum/hersteller/marken.phtml

    My browser (Google Chrome) automatically translated the German to English and I found this on the page:
    "bird with outstretched wings on a globe = Simon Redtenbacher seel. Widow & Sons, Scharstein"

    Here's another contender (but the bird's head on this hatchet does not resemble an eagle):
    "Winged Eagle and Circle = Aarwerk G. mb H., Aschaffenburg"

    In any case, I think it's a good quality European hatchet.
     
  7. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
    This is on the same list of trademarks:
    Dankre = Kremendahl, Daniel, Wuppertal-Cronenberg

    The link given for this maker goes to the site for OCHSENKOPF (Ox Head).

    Source:
    http://www.holzwerken.de/museum/hersteller/marken.phtml
     
  8. Humppa

    Humppa

    Jul 25, 2010
    Well Liam, that bird on yontam´s axehead doesn´t look like the Reichsadler from 1933 til 1945. It looks more than a goose to me. But that´s just my thought. 600 gramm isn´t much for an axe, it´s better called a hatchet.

    Here in Germany and Austria are a lot of older companies that produced axes and hatchets. Most of them don´t still exist, unfortunatelly. Just a couple of them survived time.

    It could help, when we know what´s written on the axehead.

    As I already told you, I would keep it. Just getting some other axes, bigger ones.

    Kind regards
     
  9. Pipeman

    Pipeman

    Dec 2, 2004
    Thanks for the link Steve. Here are a few pics of the DANKRE head. As you can see the mark is a partial. Note the extreme wedge shape of the head.

    Best regards

    Robin

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  10. yontam

    yontam

    3
    Nov 8, 2011
    It says
    iisdin513i-L
    (1's could be I's
    5 could be an "s"
    and vise versa)
    it dose weigh 600 grams
    I actully got the axe from an old house that was gonna be destroyed
    I walked into the house and saw the axe head with a broken handle on it
    I took it home sharpend it cleaned it and replaced the handle
    you guys are correct it is sort of small but its ok since i dont do any major tree felling and im only 15
    I use it mainly for hiking camping and carving
     
  11. trailmaker

    trailmaker

    506
    May 15, 2011
    That looks like a nice find a nice find yontam, I'd hold on to that one. It's probably good quality, and appears lightly used.
     
  12. Galeocerdoshark

    Galeocerdoshark

    May 21, 2011
    Thread revival.

    I went to a few hardware stores today with my dad, and my eye fell on the logo on some of the axes/hatches. It's exactly the same as the one from the OP.
    The sticker on the handle says "Gille Astra Diamant", but I'm unsure if this is the brand of the handle or the brand of the tool as a whole. I encountered the same hacthet in another hardware store half an hour later, but over here the logo was missing on the hatchet itself. It did have the same handle, same paintjob, same sticker though. (Location of the stores is Belgium, Europe)

    I hope this helps.

    The one weighing 800 grams costed 16 EURO, the 600 gram hatchet costed 15 EURO.

    Sorry for the picture quality, my cell does not have a macro function.

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  13. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    Looks like you nailed it, Shark.
    There seems to be a Gille forge and plating(?) in Theux, which is a Walloon town in Liege, Belgium. Well, you'd know that better than I.
     
  14. Galeocerdoshark

    Galeocerdoshark

    May 21, 2011
    Yep, for some reason one of the attached pieces of cartboard with information stated Flanders (inb4 that guy from the Simpsons), probably because that should have to reflect some kind of engineering quality. Advertising:rolleyes:
    I can't find anything on google about the factory/producer though...
     

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