was told this was a Hytest but it is unmarked so maybe not.
Vintage Hytest hafted with spotted gum on it's way across the pond.
wohooo be sure to post pics when it arrives. they made some really nice axes. very good curves on the ones iv seen.
I just had one show up today with what I suspect is a handle made from something other than hickory, so maybe the spotted gum, not sure. Its well shaped and very slender though. I spose it would be appropriate for me to post some pics of it here when I get home!
Alright this is my latest hytest axe. I must say the handle feels really good and is very thin. I wanted to compare the handle to something off the shelf that people may be able to relate to.
top is a wetterlings american forest axe. 3.5lb head. Bottom is the old hytest.
Note the difference in handle thickness. Plus the hytest is a 4.5lb head.
top wetterlings, lower hytest
the grain orientation on the handle is not what would generally be described as good. Im picking it may be some other kind of wood though where grain orientation is not so important but who knows. . Its thin and has stood the test if time though so I think it will do just fine. the head is tight. Also the grain can be traced the full length of the handle so I think its good to go
alright here is the axe head. pretty good condition. what I assume is the original paint can be seen in places. The other side is much of the same.
this axe has a very high center line and seems to be wedged well.
here is the hytest axe along with my hytest hatchet. You can sort of see the definition on the bevels in this pic. imo its well shaped.
The handle has a sticker on it which appears to say "mohawk" if anyone can shed any light on that?
Good ol' Trove, Bob? First ad I could find for 'Plumb Hytest axe heads' was 5 July 1945 in a Wagga newspaper, I think. I have wondered if, prior to that time, WH Plumb marked axes as 'plumb' & 'hand/drop forged'. For the ad to be in a newspaper by 5 July 45, a fair bit of work would had to have been accomplished beforehand, I would think - manufacture, testing, distribution and marketing. I couldn't imagine they were simply manufactured and shipped to retailers as untested product.
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Interesting, some more from ebay:
Vintage Hand Tool COLD CHISEL W.H.Plumb SYDNEY Australia Old Antique Chisel #280
Vintage Hand Tools W.H.PLUMB Fern NAPPING HAMMER Old Antique Tool #144
W H Plumb Kendall St Woollahra Kilner 41 Broadway Glebe 1924
And, just for decoration :
Forgot to ask: What happened to Frank in NZ? Has he fallen off his limb or simply grown too elderly to participate?Good ol' Trove, Bob? First ad I could find for 'Plumb Hytest axe heads' was 5 July 1945 in a Wagga newspaper, I think. I have wondered if, prior to that time, WH Plumb marked axes as 'plumb' & 'hand/drop forged'. For the ad to be in a newspaper by 5 July 45, a fair bit of work would had to have been accomplished beforehand, I would think - manufacture, testing, distribution and marketing. I couldn't imagine they were simply manufactured and shipped to retailers as untested product.
I also wondered if the 'Hytest Forged Tools' 'Plumb (Aust) Pty Ltd' as stamped on some heads covered the period July 45 to the 1946 announcement re Lafayette Plumb - or possibly earlier?
As a kid, making a dead Ironbark (that had been dragged up to the woodheap either by a pair of horses or a Fergie) turn into stove sized lengths was a never ending chore - after school and before milking - and on weekends between milkings. No chainsaws or splitting mauls. No wonder axes suffered such a tough life. AND you soon learned the error of your ways if you didn't address the strike correctly. Then there were all the old trees that had been rung many years earlier that had to be felled, stockpiled around the stumps (the hard way) and burnt. Sure could lose some weight in summer. Now I put it on - Summer and Winter!
I didn't recognize the label either on the bay, as did no one else. I did recognize the quality and knew it wasn't a Chinese hatchet. I paid $12.37 to my door. It was called a "sturdy utility hatchet" by the seller. After I received it, I found one on Etsy with an intact label, it simply says "Another Hytest".That looks nearly the same as one I missed on last year. It was at an antique store and I didn't recognize the logo. It was only partially visible. But the head was able to slip off the haft, and it rang like a bell. But without knowing what it was, and the antique store price, I passed on it. I sincerely regret it.