Plumb Manufacturing Thread

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by Operator1975, May 9, 2013.

  1. Operator1975

    Operator1975

    Sep 24, 2010
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  2. cooperhill

    cooperhill

    Nov 14, 2011
    Great thread. Love the history.

    I've got quite a few plumbs - a few to add to this.

    Plumb USA stamp.

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    a smaller Plumb victory Connecticut pattern (one of my favorites). I have three Plumb victory axes (one of which was Operator's).

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    1930s Plumb advert featuring Peter Mclaren:

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  3. crazyengineer

    crazyengineer

    Apr 2, 2011
    My favorite axe that I own is plumb, and it's not even an axe. It's a mutant. I put a plumb hatchet head (heavy hatchet) on a 21 inch boys axe handle. It now resides in my truck, I need to make a new cover for it though....and resend and oil the handle

    I have one of those hewing hatchets by plumb too, I haven't used it though, I should probably get rid of it for another heavy hatchet head that I can use for a copy of the first onev
     
  4. Dusty One

    Dusty One Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 12, 2004
    Great info and pic's...Thanks for taking the time !
     

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  5. KingKoma

    KingKoma

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    Feb 2, 2012
    Thank you for this. In my opinion Plumb made some of the prettiest axes.
     
  6. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
    Thanks for the thread. Interesting that Plumb advertised its axes as having "twice the life". Below is an ad from the December 3, 1921 Saturday Evening Post which said that the bits were "double tempered for two full inches above the cutting edge". These days, ANSI standards call for hardening at least a half inch back from the cutting edge, and Council Tool aims for 1-1/4 inch from the edge.

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    [Note the stamps on these pictured axes: PLUMB U.S.A.]
     
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  7. bigbadboom

    bigbadboom

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    Jan 4, 2007
    Nice post!
    Here in Australia recently at Bunnings they stocked a Plumb axe but the head was stamped Hultafors bruks sweden, and came with a Coopers tools branded file. Was about $50au.
     
  8. Double Ott

    Double Ott

    Jan 3, 2011
    My Plumbs...

    Plumb Daytons.
    Top 4 Lb. Middle 3.5 Lb, Bottom 2.75Lb.

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    Plumb Boys axes

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    Plumb cruisers

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    Plumb small rafting / Boys axe

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    Plumb Boy Scout hatchet

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    Tom
     
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  9. KingKoma

    KingKoma

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    Plumb small rafting / Boys axe

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    Tom[/QUOTE]

    Does it have a hardened poll?

    edit to add: I think I see the temper line. Pretty much my dream axe right now.
     
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  10. Double Ott

    Double Ott

    Jan 3, 2011
    Does it have a hardened poll?

    edit to add: I think I see the temper line. Pretty much my dream axe right now.[/QUOTE]

    I believe that it does have a hardened poll. I tried a file on it and it just slide off it.

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    Tom
     
  11. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
    Thanks for confirming that those (Cooper) Plumbs sold in Australia are made by HB. $50 seems like a steal.

     
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  12. KingKoma

    KingKoma

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    Feb 2, 2012
    I believe that it does have a hardened poll. I tried a file on it and it just slide off it.

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    Tom[/QUOTE]

    Oh, man. Your lucky we have a sea between us or else I might have tried to steal it from you.
     
  13. bearhunter

    bearhunter

    Sep 12, 2009
    Great write up Operator... Thank you :)
     
  14. garry3

    garry3

    Sep 11, 2012
    Yerkes & Plumb
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  15. moosecreektrails

    moosecreektrails

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    Apr 8, 2012
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    Plumb victory,boy scout and a plumb nos hatchet
     
  16. Square_peg

    Square_peg Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Great choice for a thread, Operator. Really good stuff. Thanks. [​IMG]


    I only have a few photos to add. This is my 5-pound waffle-poll rafter and a pre-Permabond scout style hatchet.

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    And here's a Jersey I recently gave to a friend.

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  17. Square_peg

    Square_peg Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
  18. KingKoma

    KingKoma

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    Feb 2, 2012
    I have been looking through that catalogue, and they had some nice looking tools, most of which I have no idea what they were used for. That "killing axe" is seriously intimidating. Does anyone know how they were used?
     
  19. Square_peg

    Square_peg Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Those were used to slaughter cattle. As they came through the chute each was struck on the head with the poll of that tool.
     
  20. KingKoma

    KingKoma

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    Feb 2, 2012
    And the edge?
     

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