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Iltis find

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by Cteve, Jul 23, 2017.

  1. Cteve

    Cteve

    452
    Oct 1, 2015
    [​IMG] I found this old axe at a yard sale for $6. I have never heard of the company Iltis but after a quick search it seams like i got a good deal, anyone have any direct experience with this German steel?
     
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  2. Moonw

    Moonw

    Nov 19, 2014
    You got quite a deal there for sure. The steel should be excellent.
     
  3. phantomknives

    phantomknives

    Mar 31, 2016
    my favorite german maker, ochsenkopf
     
  4. Square_peg

    Square_peg Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Are you in Canada? Seems like more of those are found up there.
     
  5. Kevin Houtzager

    Kevin Houtzager

    759
    Jun 25, 2017
    steel is good on those ones as is the hang!
     
  6. Curt Hal

    Curt Hal Gold Member Gold Member

    496
    Jul 8, 2014
    I have a couple of these. They are great. The steel seems good. Nice find for $6!
     
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  7. Agent_H

    Agent_H Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    That will match well sharp with a good handle :thumbsup:
     
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  8. Moonw

    Moonw

    Nov 19, 2014
    Right on. Besides, I did get a vague le French accent from his posting?
     
  9. Cteve

    Cteve

    452
    Oct 1, 2015
    Yup from Canada, though not french "eh"
    Glad i scooped it up. Now to find a handle for it.
     
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  10. 300Six

    300Six

    Aug 29, 2013
    Canadian Survey and Exploration (as in oil, gas and minerals) Outfitters/Suppliers have marketed this brand for many decades. I've happily used these (I even purchased an Iltis Canadian version (made in W Germany) brand new in 1992) since the mid 1980s. The fit and finish of the heads and quality of steel are top notch but many folks will criticize the flat cheeks when they're used as splitters. I also have an older one (Iltis Forester; made in Austria, 1950s) that has a D shaped eye instead of an oval.
    Typically I'd post pictures but I haven't decided what to do about my Photobucket account since it no longer enables 3rd party hosting unless you fork over some dough.
     
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  11. Kevin Houtzager

    Kevin Houtzager

    759
    Jun 25, 2017
    Mine still works, although there servers have major issues. As for the D shape Eye: They still make one. It's the heaviest one they've got, except for the maul of course.... I had a early 1800's Ochsenkopf with a D-shape. Thats when they started.
     
  12. Agent_H

    Agent_H Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    300Six, I am finding Flickr to be pretty nice at the free level.
     
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  13. Cteve

    Cteve

    452
    Oct 1, 2015
    This one had Canadian on the handle, im guessing it would be this Canadian version you mention. It gives me a date, sort of.
     
  14. 300Six

    300Six

    Aug 29, 2013
    I'm surprised that Country of manufacture is not stamped on yours. This is not typical. The Iltis I bought new in Ottawa in 92 was in a Home Hardware shipment of Garant axes which all featured a red embossed maple leaf on the handle. The majority of heads were from elsewhere (already Mexican or Chinese-made?) and I suspect that Garant had quickly gathered up and assembled old inventory just before the company was taken over by Ames. In the mid 1980s a buddy of mine in Calgary sent me a box of lightly used Iltis heads (1/2 dozen of them) that had been orphaned when Great Western Petroleum went belly up.
     
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  15. Cteve

    Cteve

    452
    Oct 1, 2015
    interesting, there was no maple leaf embossed only the words "ILTIS CANADIAN" in gold on the handle. unfortunately the handle was no good.
     
  16. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
    An advertisement from 1961 apparently lists the following types of ILTIS axes available in Canada through the distributor H.R. Radomski & Co.:

    "Original Pattern ILTIS axes"
    "Canadian Pattern ILTIS axes"
    "Thinner Section ILTIS axes"

    Only a "snippet view" is available, but piecing together several snippet views results in this:

    ILTIS AXES Give Better Performance because:
    1. Science proved that the blade of an axe is distorted with every stroke.
    2. To minimize this, our engineers designed an axe, thinner in section and lighter.
    3. Our metallurgists developed a steel alloy that strongly resists vibration and breakage, taking a keen edge and holding it.
    RESULT a lighter axe — a stronger axe — Tempered up to the eye — giving greater performance and longer life.
    Let us give you full details.
    Original Pattern ILTIS Axes
    Canadian Pattern ILTIS Axes
    Thinner Section ILTIS Axes
    Canadian Distributor for "OX-HEAD" Brand Tools
    H. R. RADOMSKI & COMPANY LTD.
    189 CHURCH STREET, TORONTO 2, ONTARIO.


    from Pulp & Paper Magazine of Canada, Vol. 62, 1961, page 200
     
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  17. Moonw

    Moonw

    Nov 19, 2014
    I always found it intersting that they harden a big chunk of the head. They still seem to do that.
     
  18. Cteve

    Cteve

    452
    Oct 1, 2015
    She will be ready for the weekend. There some good info here guys, thanks.
    [​IMG]
     
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  19. Moonw

    Moonw

    Nov 19, 2014
    Good job on this one.
     
  20. Kevin Houtzager

    Kevin Houtzager

    759
    Jun 25, 2017
    Errrrr, You do know the head is upside down right? Script should be read from top to bottom standing on the haft. Yours reads from bottom to top..... The "Orig" needs to be on the top side.
     
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2017
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