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Maine Axes -post 'em up

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by cooperhill, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. jblyttle

    jblyttle Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2014
    Speaking of JMTCO, I got this today. I came here to ask if anyone knew what it was, never heard of them. Nice coincidence.

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  2. cooperhill

    cooperhill

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  3. BlackShadowDog

    BlackShadowDog

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    Jun 3, 2017
    This was at an estate sale 2 weeks back. I didn't know at the time what it was, but the internets sorted me out, and I went back and got it the next day (cheap). Neat little cruiser in great shape.

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    I live in upstate NY and oddly, we're driving 22hrs west and north to go canoeing. I'll try and get a more interesting photo of it there.
     
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  4. jblyttle

    jblyttle Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2014
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  5. jblyttle

    jblyttle Gold Member Gold Member

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  6. halfaxe

    halfaxe

    Nov 29, 2012
    The diamond M with the two crescent moons. I have one. Mine doesn't have Brecks on it. I think the logo was discussed before but I can't remember if anyone came up with information.
     
  7. Agent_H

    Agent_H Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Is it wrong I kind of miss Cooperhill's photos on this thread?

    Not in place of any of course. :thumbsup:
     
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  8. Square_peg

    Square_peg Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Such a thing does not exist on the west coast. I have never came across a Maine axe out here. :(
     
  9. jblyttle

    jblyttle Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2014
    In fairness, I have found close to 2000 axes/hatchets/heads over the last 3-4 years and have only found 1 Puget Sound. ;)
     
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  10. Square_peg

    Square_peg Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Perhaps a swap........
     
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  11. Agent_H

    Agent_H Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Can't "like" twice lol
     
  12. garry3

    garry3

    Sep 11, 2012
    I have found one. A very thin dbl bit that we managed some how to identify as a Emerson & Stevens here on this board. Only one I have ever seen.
     
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  13. garry3

    garry3

    Sep 11, 2012
    Collins made at least some of the Breecks Victor axes. Brecks is for Joeseph Breck and Sons.
    I think those crescent moon M stamps have been identified. I was thinking it was Mann but it makes sense that I could be mistaken in that and it is Collins.
     
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  14. garry3

    garry3

    Sep 11, 2012
    Did a little more digging. The crescent moons with a m is said to resemble a design found on a paper label of a Mann axe. Not at all sure just who made it.
     
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  15. jblyttle

    jblyttle Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2014
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  16. Glenn Bailey

    Glenn Bailey

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    Jun 1, 2017

    Grafton, I’d love to hear more details on your S&N Hudson Bay axe research. Specifically the characteristics of the 4 variations and corresponding time periods (I know I’m assuming that the ll bean products you're referencing were the same as the S&N product and if that’s not the case I should be set straight).


    Below is a S&N HB I got a few days ago. It's in great condition but I'm pretty sure the haft wasn't original so I still have to figure out what I'm going to do about that. There are also a couple of pictures with my ‘new owners’ Penobscot kindling axe for comparison. Anyway, I'm curious about the age and from your comments I would guess pre 60s (that's a big window) and it makes me curious about the 4 variations you mentioned. For example, one of the primary differences in the axes below is the angle of the blade slope. The older axe has a 25 degree slope while the newer one has a 40 degree slope. It looks as though the axe you are commenting on has a 40 degree slope as well. Are there just the 2 different angles over time or are there others I haven’t seen? Other differences would be length (old is 5 13/16", new is 6 3/4"), wedge shape and pre-blade poll length (old is 1 7/8", new is 1 3/4").


    Thank for any and all insight you have to share! And I apologize if some of this is covered earlier…most of the pictures don’t appear give the age of the post.


    Great stuff all around, thanks all!


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  17. Agent_H

    Agent_H Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 21, 2013
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    If you need a spanner wrench to get that big wedge out...

    That is cool. Your first post here and I gather not your first rodeo @Glenn Bailey.
    Very different heads - at least from one another and time. Seeing them together is telling. Thank you :thumbsup:

    Any good stories on either?
     
  18. Glenn Bailey

    Glenn Bailey

    27
    Jun 1, 2017
    Thanks! Got lucky on the old one- poorly posted action site grab. The other I bought new- I was excited to support the new S&N owners. It's great for limbing on slopes- using the blade as a hook for moving brush is invaluable with questionable footing.
     
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  19. halfaxe

    halfaxe

    Nov 29, 2012
    That older Hudson Bay by S&N is in great shape Glenn. I have three of that style, one is marked L.L. Bean. I also have an L.L. Bean Hudson Bay that appears to have been made by Collins. My opinion is the older S&N axes are a superior design. Mine came on three different length handles 18, 22 and 24 inch. Not sure if any of the handles are original but they all are old and well-fitted with the big iron wedge that S&N was known for.
     

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