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HELP!!!!! what is this type of axe called

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by sjóliði, Jul 13, 2018.

  1. sjóliði

    sjóliði

    2
    Jul 13, 2018
     
  2. Danke42

    Danke42

    Feb 10, 2015
    Looks like a Pulaski. Don't know if it qualifies as "antique".
     
  3. sjóliði

    sjóliði

    2
    Jul 13, 2018
    yeah it could but they have more beefier heads i'm looking for that gradual edge sort of like the vintage boarding axes
     
  4. phantomknives

    phantomknives

    Mar 31, 2016
    that's no pulaski.
     
  5. Danke42

    Danke42

    Feb 10, 2015
    What do you think it is?
     
  6. phantomknives

    phantomknives

    Mar 31, 2016
    i'm not knowledgeable on european patterns but i do know that pulaski probably did not have a monopoly on hoe-axes, that's as close to a pulaski as a mattock is.
     
  7. jake pogg

    jake pogg

    640
    Dec 20, 2015
    sjóliði,

    this Type of axe-adze combination is one of the most ancient,and "boarding axe",Pulaski,and any number of other specialised tools descent from thence.
    The idea is to cut in two directions without having to shift your position,a method useful in many tasks,usually something agricultural,but also in mining(either digging or building supports),roadwork,or in you name it kind of task,including the boarding of a sailing vessel in a rude,uninvited manner:).

    If i had to guess,i'd place it's origin in Iberian penninsula somewhere,a Portuguese orchardman's axe or the like.Vinyard or olive grove cultivation,some tough fibrous roots and rocky soils,judging by an ample volume inside the eye.

    (The guy in the video is a trip:Such great tools,and obviously the skills to go along with those,and all coupled with imagination apparently addled by video-games,or comic books,or some exotic TV programs...Quite solidly divorced from any reality known to me,in any case!:)
     
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  8. Kevin Houtzager

    Kevin Houtzager

    573
    Jun 25, 2017
    Thats definitely not a boarding axe, I can tell you that much. Boarding axes are very strickt, but most of all have a point on the opposite side for grabbing wooden rails of a ship and boarding (hence the name ;) ) I've had one, and they are very very very very rare. Did I say they are very rare? You get the point. A boarding axe never has a gradual haft, but a regular straight or straight-ish haft. Boarding axes are fairly light, with a handle you can use one handed and could use 2 handed if neccesary. Fairly thin in nature.

    This one is from last century, seeing it has a standardised eye for using a slipfit handle from something like a miners pick. I believe that it's even an american pattern as the European ones are usually taperd and round, and this one is oval? My take on it would be somewhere from 1950-1970? So not antique by any means....

    And as for it's purpose: General purpose clearing the land type of thing: Clearing rocks, cutting roots, that sort of thing....
     
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  9. Agent_H

    Agent_H Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Maybe it’s something along the lines of a “Wiedehopfhacke”?:
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  10. Agent_H

    Agent_H Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Hacha/Azada/Azadón?

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  11. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    In Italy they call that a "zappascura", or literally a "hoe axe".
     
  12. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
    European style cutter mattock.
     
  13. flexo

    flexo

    237
    Mar 14, 2013
    looks like french "hache piémontaise " by Bret or some other manufacturer ...
     
  14. bikerector

    bikerector Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 16, 2016
    I looks surprisingly similar in overall design to the rinaldi hazelnut axe, which as 42blades mentions is a hoe axe. Broader cutting bit and not a pressfit design but you get the idea.
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    http://www.baryonyxknife.com/rihahoe.html

    I originally though it was an adze axe but there's not enough curve to the horizontal side.
     
  15. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    Actually it IS a slip-fit eye on the one in the video. The guy just decides to cast a bunch of aluminum in the eye for some weird reason. Also, the hazelnut axe is pretty small, like tomahawk size. His is a full-sized one, which is more common. :)
     
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  16. bikerector

    bikerector Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 16, 2016
    I stand corrected. Thanks 42.
     
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