Dealer / Materials Provider
- Mar 8, 2008
Yeah nothing like "improving" a striking tool by adding moving parts!
Sounds like one of those splitter axes. Neat concept but never personally used one so I can't speak to its effectiveness. The idea was that as it drove into the round, the hinges would counter-act the force and throw the wood apart. Did it look something like this? Personally, if I needed a dedicated wood splitting tool, I'd prefer a maul and some wedges - if it's anything less heavy, I'd opt for a standard axe with the last-second tilt technique and have a more functional, less gimicky tool.
So, I recently bought an axe (my first antique axe at that!) from a local antique dealer (Bangor area) for a whopping $8.50. I don't think the handle is it's original handle, as it doesn't extend to the top of the eye, but it works. It has a 3 lb head (marked on the left side) and what looks to be three diamonds with initials of the maker stamped on the left side as well. I'm fairly new to collecting, so have a tad bit of patience with me, but I'd really like to get a bit more info on this thing.
Awesome! Thanks for the speedy answers! The letters are a tad hard to see, but they are TBA. I don't have intentions of selling it...at all, but what would you say the usual prices are? Like I said, I'll get some pictures up today. It's far from pretty, and I might try to re-finish it.
Yeah, I'm not exactly a master carpenter, the most I've done is make handles for my 'hawks out of alders, and those have been spur of the moment things that have lasted a few days at most. If you wouldn't mind, could you tell me a bit more about the maker? I've tried googling TBA Triple Diamond to no avail. As I said, I'm fairly new, and barely 17, but I'm trying to pick up a hobby or two before I enlist into the Army.
Awesome! I love it when things have a history, but you don't know EVERYTHING about the item, it leaves kind of a mystery around it. Thanks for all the help! I think I might leave it on it's original handle right now, and just refinish it. I'll probably go buy a hickory plank at Home Depot or Lowes sometime and get working on a handle. Hopefully it turns out better than the last bow I tried to make. Oh, one last question, is there any idea on how long the hardware company was open so I could have a rough date on the axe?
Nice, I just checked. Has a (what appears to be a) 30, or a 60. It's kind of faded. That was my last question, I swear haha. I'll leave you guys alone until I get another axe.
Heres whats around the house at the moment. All of the Hudson bays are snow & nealleys all 1 3/4#. The conneticut up top is an emerson and stevens made in 1936. And the small lugged head is a king axe and tool. I only own one of the Hudson bays and the emerson and stevens in this photo. The rest belong to my ole man. The katco belonged to his grandfather.