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Paper label axes

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by Hickory n steel, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel

    Feb 11, 2016
    We've all seen the common woodslashers and other various no name axes which would have been sold with paper labels on the heads, but what I'm curious about is when they would have been applied.

    It would seem more likely that the store who ordered them would have their own lables made up ( as they would business cards )and apply them in house.
    But I suppose say True Temper could have applied them before they left the factory, I'm just not sure how they'd go about getting the labels.

    I'd love some information or a source for information, because this is a question I've been pondering for some time.

    Examples of paper labels would be cool as well, but I suppose there's enough on yesteryear tools.
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2018
    Yankee Josh, A17 and crbnSteeladdict like this.
  2. Maine20


    Aug 8, 2017
    I see groups of NOS labels pop up on the bay from time to time. A lot seem to be hardware store labels form towns all New England. Sold from someone in Maine, the seller could be a good source of info on them.
    Yankee Josh likes this.
  3. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    Hardware store brand labels generally had a default template that they just changed out the words on. I've got a bunch of scythe labels for such purpose from Emerson & Stevens and they all look alike, just with different stores and brand names on them. They would have been applied at the factory.
    Moonw likes this.
  4. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel

    Feb 11, 2016
    Ok, that's some good information.
    So the factory likely had their own small printing press.
  5. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    Or at least a contractor they got them all from and used the simplified private label format to keep tooling costs for the printing down and applied the labels themselves at the factory for the customer.
    Square_peg likes this.
  6. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel

    Feb 11, 2016
    That's a real possibility as well.
    Without the use of the one size fits all label, a company would have to design their own label then it would have to get made then end up on the axe which could really complicate things and add cost depending on how it ended up being done.

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