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Plumb ID, plus some neat others

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by Fmont, Sep 13, 2018.

  1. Fmont

    Fmont Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 20, 2017
    Hi there,

    Probably some of you saw this Plumb Jet Wing on eBay. Well I bought it, and it's interesting. Especially the handle size for the head weight (3²/3.5lbs).

    It's a permabond, it's intact. The handle is relatively short and quite thin. 28.5" OAL. It's thinner handled than my HB Akka, which I always thought was a pretty dainty handle to begin with. At some point somebody put some light knife edge grooves at the grip.

    I don't know if this has been severely sanded down or what, but the knob is still there and the permabond is still intact (perfectly fitted in the eye, as well). It has some lateral flex when embedded in a stump, but I'm not worried just yet. Should be nice old growth wood.

    Head is in good condition. I'm sure it's been cleaned up, but very little pitting, no horrific grinding anywhere. Very clean lines.

    So I'm going to put some pics in here to see what kind of feedback I can get, and some other axes side by side. Thanks for any feedback!






    ETA: Image links didn't work so I've just got the URL up for now. Will try to fix if I can with a free membership.
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2018
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  2. Fmont

    Fmont Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 20, 2017
    Haven't cleaned up the edge yet, that's tonight.
  3. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
    According to the 1965 catalog from Plumb, the "Men's axes" (including Jet Wings) were available with 28, 30, 32, 34 and 36" handles (length before hanging). The desired handle length was specified by the wholesale customer.


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  4. Fmont

    Fmont Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 20, 2017
    I think I've seen that image before, or something like it. So I'd guess a 28" Dayton.

    Any way to determine vintage?

    ETA: The line drawing suggests the handles may be correct even as thin as it is.

    Also, the bit is super hard! Harder than my other Plumb and just blows away the Council. Didn't know they had induction hardened edges, or whatever "electronic hardening" they were using.
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2018
  5. Yankee Josh

    Yankee Josh Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 31, 2018
    Nice axe! I wanted to add that my cousin found an old plumb in his mother's garage and few weeks ago and asked me to clean it/sharpen it etc. I don't have pics but it had the same relatively short haft with a smallish knob. Also as with yours the bit steel was incredibly hard. His was a jersey. I'll have to snap a couple photos of it sometime in the future. Good buy man! That is a lifetime tool!
  6. Fmont

    Fmont Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 20, 2017
    Yeah, I'm really stoked about this one. I gave it a decent edge tonight. I worked it up to 400 on a leather faced board, I think I worked the whole bevel back like 1/32”. Then I hard stropped with a double leather face, white then green compounds. You just gotta do it up decent once before getting to normal use.




    I'm pretty fond of it. That heavy head on the relatively short/light haft is actually really nice.
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  7. muleman77


    Jan 24, 2015
    That's a nice axe. I have a good number of full size axes on 28" handles, they're great!
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  8. Miller '72

    Miller '72

    Jul 25, 2017
    That's excellent Fmont, good score from the bay!
    Like muleman77 said, I also have and I prefer the full size on a 28...27-29 is my sweet spot with a 3 1/2-4lber.
    That's a beauty you have, a real treasure!
  9. Fmont

    Fmont Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 20, 2017
    I am just tickled with it, too. Picked up a Kelly Perfect in a Dayton pattern just to have another phantom beveled 3.5 lber, which I'll hang a little longer to compare. Though the Plumb will remain attached to the original (permabond) haft for the foreseeable future.
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