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found hatchet head, can use restoration and rehandling advice

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by knoefz, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. knoefz

    knoefz Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 20, 2009
    Last summer in France in the Loire river my GF found an old hatchet head.
    I love how it's shaped and when I have some time I'd like to try and give it a new life.
    Brush up the steel a bit, and rehandle the thing.

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    inscription is hard to read
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    I have no clue what type of handle should go on a model like this.
    Something straight like a hammer? Or more curved like plain hatchets?
    Any advise and info on the thing is welcome.
     
  2. KiwiBloke

    KiwiBloke

    54
    Oct 2, 2018
    Would that be considered a Tomahawk instead of a Hatchet? Looks like a cool piece, can't help with advice though sorry.
     
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  3. A17

    A17

    362
    Jan 9, 2018
    Looks like a tomahawk to me too. I would put a straight handle in it personally.
     
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  4. jblyttle

    jblyttle Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2014
    That's in amazing condition for something found in a river.
     
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  5. A17

    A17

    362
    Jan 9, 2018
    Maybe he meant on the river?
     
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  6. Moonw

    Moonw

    Nov 19, 2014
    Well, what's the difference between a tomahawk and a slip-fit polled hatchet? :D

    Nice find.

    If otherwise you get along fine, she's a keeper (I mean your girlfriend :p).
     
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  7. Fmont

    Fmont Gold Member Gold Member

    27
    Apr 20, 2017
    I doubt it's very old. 600 is probably weight in grams. Perhaps somebody was throwing hawks and this one went wayward.
     
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  8. gben

    gben

    363
    Nov 26, 2014
    Hit it with a wire brush, put a handle on it, sharpen it and then use it. Mystery solved.
     
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  9. jblyttle

    jblyttle Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2014
    Yup, it's a nice find no matter what.
     
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  10. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
    Straight haft would be best because it's a tool designed to be used on both ends. The bit design and weight stamp are typical of European designs for many years. But the poll is atypical and very cool - a nice addition.

    You say toh-may-toe, I say toh-mah-toe. In any case it's a nice slip-fit design. The eye looks more hatchet-like than tomahawk-like to me. But that's surely not definitive.

    European hatchets have used gram designations for probably a hundred years. But I agree with you, it doesn't look that old. I'd bet it's 1970's or later. But I don't see them being made like this today.
     
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  11. Ernest DuBois

    Ernest DuBois

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    Mar 2, 2013
    It looks like a utilitarian hammer/hatchet, that is to say all-purpose. To get an idea we can look at the specialized version used by des tavillons. I wouldn't go so far as ascribing yours such a narrow function given were you recovered it, not an area associated with wooden shingles too much.
     
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  12. Moonw

    Moonw

    Nov 19, 2014
    Yep, I have some Italian pattern hatchets and I catch myself thinking: "These are some nice tomahawks". Historically, it all makes sense :).

    And yep #2, to the original poster: we invented grams quite early :p. Lost hope to convert the English to the Metric System, don't even get me started (and banned :p) on "others". Ha ha ha!

    If underneath that rust there's a stamp, it may very well tell a story.
     
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  13. Moonw

    Moonw

    Nov 19, 2014
    Agreed. Rare to have a woman care about your passion for a rust-covered piece of steel.
     
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  14. knoefz

    knoefz Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 20, 2009
    Thanks ffor al the feedback and tips..
    It was found on the riverbank that was dry at time we were there because this summer was extremely dry.

    600 is the weightnin grams, but the text below still puzzles me.
    Tomahaws are not very european, so I didn't call it that.

    Something straight handled like this will suit the head I think

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  15. flexo

    flexo

    246
    Mar 14, 2013
    all right this is a french house hatchet, (hachette de ménage) very common shape, and with an oval eye slip trough , just like tomahawks (wich ones, were made by french once…)
     
  16. knoefz

    knoefz Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 20, 2009
    Thank man, finally it has a name, hachette de ménage, I like that. Appreciate your input buddy!
     
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  17. Moonw

    Moonw

    Nov 19, 2014
    Straight handle, no doubt.
     
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  18. knoefz

    knoefz Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 20, 2009
    had some time to star the restoration yesterday and today.

    First step: removing the rust.

    after 4 hours soaking in vinegar:
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    After 10 hours soaking and some scrubbing with a steel wire brush the result I'm very happy with:

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    Makersmark became readable again: Goldenberg 86
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    Wow it's pretty already :)
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    next step: make a handle out of this piece of ash(?) wood from an old shovel
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    to be continued :)
     
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  19. The Warrior

    The Warrior ◄Dubzerator► Moderator

    Mar 11, 2011
    Nice!
     
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  20. The Warrior

    The Warrior ◄Dubzerator► Moderator

    Mar 11, 2011
    Looks like Goldenberg was a French tool company that got bought out by Stanley in the 80's. https://www.bladeforums.com/threads/anyone-have-info-on-a-goldenberg-axe.1118121/
     
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