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Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by Hickory n steel, Jan 8, 2019.

  1. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    So I was flilng on the poll of that unidentified Dayton that belonged to my grandfather, and a couple cracks appeared that definitely weren't at all visible before this.
    They seem superficial so I'm not worried, this is just a new one to me.
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    Has anyone ever encountered this before ?
     
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  2. FLINT77

    FLINT77

    249
    Apr 8, 2013
    are they maybe just voids in the steel?
     
  3. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Hmm, that could be.
    I know I could not see them before, and I've taken about an ounce of steel off of it which means they had to be inside the steel.
     
  4. survivor45

    survivor45

    154
    Feb 15, 2018
    If you tap the head with a hammer does it ring like a bell ?
    Not sure if it works with axe heads.
    But a cracked set of shotgun barrels won’t ring. A good set will.
     
  5. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Like a bell, and I'd know because both my grandmother's collected them :D
     
  6. the possum

    the possum

    Jul 31, 2002
    Saw one just last night, in an antique mall, that was cracked like that. Except the crack looked like it went through all the way to the eye. :eek:
     
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  7. Moonw

    Moonw

    Nov 19, 2014
    Does it seem hardened?
     
  8. A17

    A17

    931
    Jan 9, 2018
    "Has anyone ever encountered this before?"
    Yes. Mine was more severe, though.... Be careful as the poll didn't look that bad but this was hiding underneath. At some point I'll use a cutting torch to blow all that out and forge weld a hardened poll on it.
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    [​IMG]
     
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  9. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Nope, it was relatively easy to file.
     
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  10. Beachlogger

    Beachlogger

    249
    Dec 27, 2015
    There's a hytest on eBay with a crack in the pole
    Already sold but shows up on google search
     
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2019
  11. Square_peg

    Square_peg Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Might havee been overheated during the forging process. You can burn steel.
     
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  12. Yankee Josh

    Yankee Josh Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 31, 2018
    The TT slasher i finished up about a month ago has similar cracks in the poll. [​IMG] [​IMG]
    This axe had been beaten a fair amount though and had some mushrooming before i restored it. So I'm sure that is the cause of the cracks in mine. Was the poll on yours beat up?
     
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  13. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Yes the poll was pretty beat up, it wasn't super mushroomed though.
     
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