It followed me home (Part 2)

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by Steve Tall, Jun 12, 2014.

  1. Hairy Clipper

    Hairy Clipper Basic Member Basic Member

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    Feb 28, 2009
    We have similar taste in potatoes! I usually grow Kennebec or Red Pontiac. I have grown some Pontiac that were huge and plentiful. One year I cut up a 5 pound bag of Red Pontiac seed potatoes from the Faribault Nursery & Seed, got them in the ground in late April, not the traditional Good Friday planting date all the old timers here fondly reflect about. The soil was black and heavy with peat as the old house sat on an old slough that had dried out many decades earlier. After planting them I never touched them again until dad came over with the potatoe fork and we started digging. He also brought three square galvanized wash tubs and two large oval shaped ones. I never imagined we would fill those five containers full ... the big oval ones were so full and heavy we could not lift them off the ground and had to remove nearly half of the spuds to move them and load them on the truck. That winter every night supper had a Red Pontiac with butter, horseradish, salt and pepper. I was the paper boy in my small home town and knew where the old people lived and dad wanted some for the winter, but, a lot of my old newspaper route customers got through the winter with a load of spuds from their old paperboy and his dad. I wish we had been able to weigh the potatoes that year just to know how many pounds we had gotten from that five pounds of seed potatoes.
     
  2. Brian Rust

    Brian Rust

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    Nov 14, 2017
    Alright guys! Lots of you are very versed in the European axes. I know nothing about them except the basics and some patterns. What can you tell me about this axe? I’m guessing it’s from across the pond but I could be wrong. Any info would be appreciated. The guy I got it from was from Pennsylvania and said he has had it for around 60 years. Thanks for the help!!

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  3. Meek1

    Meek1 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Aug 11, 2019
    Another beast I see. Is that a 4.5 or 5 Lbs.? Looks massive in your hand.
     
  4. Square_peg

    Square_peg Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Pretty sure Plumb used some black permabond, too. I'll have to check my collection to come up wiht an example.
     
  5. Brian Rust

    Brian Rust

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    Nov 14, 2017
    haha that’s funny it’s less than a pound for sure. Maybe 8oz? More maybe. The eye is soft and the bit is hardened. Pretty dang hard at that. Hopefully someone will know something about!
     
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  6. jake pogg

    jake pogg

    Dec 20, 2015
    Brian,i don't know what to think about that axe...The pattern is a Very old one,literally hundreds of years back that is what most axes were shaped like in Austria and eastward et c. from there...(i've talked with a friend in Czechoslovakia,Jiri Javourek,who still makes axes like that...
    This axe is made Very well,and it's far from the easiest axe to make.
    I never knew just what to make of axes this small,but they must've had some utilitarian purpose.
    There's a number of them among archaeological finds,and most if not all have hardened edges,are ground and have been sharpened.
    I'm sorry,that's about all i know...:(
    (it's a quality object,really well forged,very cool find!:)
     
  7. crbnSteeladdict

    crbnSteeladdict

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    Jul 31, 2017
  8. jake pogg

    jake pogg

    Dec 20, 2015
    http://myarmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.30981.html

    There's a few good images about the middle of the page,of a close Type to this.
    (i'd doubt some dating there,and filter out any hopeful militaristic attribution such as "battle-","throwing-" et c.:)
     
  9. Ernest DuBois

    Ernest DuBois

    Mar 2, 2013
    It made me think of one small axe I've gotten from Germany, though now, by comparison, that one is even more down-sized.[​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  10. Brian Rust

    Brian Rust

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    Nov 14, 2017
    Wow thank you all for the information. The eye was full of dirt/wood. With that and the amount of pitting going on I wouldn’t doubt if it wasn’t dug up somewhere. Also the edge was sharpened. It actually had an extremely acute sharp edge. It was very jagged so I used a small file and just took off maybe half a millimeter. It is very old and does seem to be very well made. The forge welds seem good and the pole is faceted nicely. Seems like it would be very hard to forge. I was thinking it could have been made for dressing out animals? But like I said I know basically nothing about these types of axes. Thanks again for the comments!
     
  11. Yankee Josh

    Yankee Josh Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 31, 2018
    That's great to know. Thank you for pointing it out! I've never seen or heard of Plumb using black. Do you have any idea when they used it? Or perhaps it was for a specific axe?
     
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  12. JLRubicon

    JLRubicon

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    Sep 3, 2019
    Picked these up at a local flea market. A craftsman, plumb boy scout and a true temper. Got all of them for $31
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  13. JLRubicon

    JLRubicon

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    Sep 3, 2019
    Any info on this item, Snow and Nealley on the handle, not exactly sure what it is called. I really couldn't find anything on it, not a pickaroon. Picked it up at a garage sale last year for $2.
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  14. Square_peg

    Square_peg Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
  15. muleman77

    muleman77

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    Jan 24, 2015
    40 bucks well spent I think. Useable handles.

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  16. rjdankert

    rjdankert

    Mar 10, 2011
    not mine:

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  17. JLRubicon

    JLRubicon

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    Sep 3, 2019
    Thanks!!
     
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  18. TJLyon711

    TJLyon711 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 24, 2019
    Nice finds! Would you consider that Kelly a swamping pattern? Haft looks in good shape forsure! What's the weight of that Collins? OAL length? Would you consider selling it w/ or w/o handle? I have a little collection of that era going, not the hardest steel but it takes and edge well enough.
     
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  19. muleman77

    muleman77

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    Jan 24, 2015
    I think the TT ts a reversible Peeling. Too wide to be a swamper. The bits are about 5". Near as I can tell with calipers, but handled, anyway. It's the same size eye either side.

    That Collins is a cruiser, probly 2 1/2 pounds or so, but no weight stamp. 27 inches long.

    Appreciate the offer, I'll likely keep it though
     
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  20. muleman77

    muleman77

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    Jan 24, 2015
    A stop on the way home from work paid off this evening.

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    A woodslasher, and a Legitimus
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    Probly such nice intact bits from all the time they spent leaning in the corner not chopping rocks and dirt.

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