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Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by sjóliði, Jul 13, 2018.
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Looks like a Pulaski. Don't know if it qualifies as "antique".
yeah it could but they have more beefier heads i'm looking for that gradual edge sort of like the vintage boarding axes
that's no pulaski.
What do you think it is?
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.
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!
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....
Maybe it’s something along the lines of a “Wiedehopfhacke”?:
In Italy they call that a "zappascura", or literally a "hoe axe".
European style cutter mattock.
looks like french "hache piémontaise " by Bret or some other manufacturer ...
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.
I originally though it was an adze axe but there's not enough curve to the horizontal side.
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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I stand corrected. Thanks 42.