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Yard sale..True Temper Kelly Works...Fireman's ax....

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by Drum4fun, Aug 4, 2018.

  1. Drum4fun


    Mar 21, 2018
    I was making the rounds yesterday and stumbled upon this... the seller was
    selling it for a "friend" .. a retired Fireman. I tried to dicker...firm at asking
    price. I gave $25.00. Not sure what current market value is ...but, seemed
    in pretty good condition. I will do nothing to this ax...well, maybe lube. It
    was purchased as a wall hanger. I have to be honest... I never come across
    these in my frequent searches. Thus, $25 seemed reasonable (as Ebay prices
    all over the map).

    I assume this was from the Charleston plant prior to closure in the early 80's...
    but please correct me if I'm wrong. The shaved bolt thru the ax head and handle
    would seem to make haft exchanges problematic. My first one with such securing.
    The ax handle has an imprint of "20A1W".

    At 6 lbs. I cannot even imagine what it would be like to be geared up, full blaze,
    swinging this for hours on end. Tip of the cap to the first responders.

    I really like it. :thumbsup: I think I would have regretted passing it by....

  2. FLINT77


    Apr 8, 2013
    Really like that axe! $25 is a steal. Great job!
    Yankee Josh likes this.
  3. Miller '72

    Miller '72

    Jul 25, 2017
    Great score for head and handle all the way home!

    My thoughts always...if I can and don't but walk away regretting...who am I teaching a lesson to and what's the lesson?

    It will do what you ask of it for sure.
    Great American Fire Axe!
    Yankee Josh likes this.
  4. Drum4fun


    Mar 21, 2018
    Thanks guys... I sure wish this one could talk ! Doesn't look as though the grinder
    was unkind to either end. I can honestly tell you I have never caught one of
    these "in the wild". ... the rarest of sightings only at "Antique" vendors... wanting
    a vital organ as payment.

    A nice thin handle with just the slightest lateral curve just at the lower swell. All
    around a very nice tool. I will treat it with respect. Lucky find.

    (I never knew they were 6 lb.'ers.....what a work out).

    Yankee Josh likes this.
  5. Square_peg

    Square_peg Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Hell yeah!
    Yankee Josh, DOGPOUND77 and Drum4fun like this.

    DOGPOUND77 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 4, 2017
    repeat HELL YEAH!!!!!!!:):D:thumbsup:
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  7. Drum4fun


    Mar 21, 2018
    I agree with all... just a lucky yard sale find. I've never seen one before at
    thousands of yard sales... probably never will again. Even the bride likes this
    one ! :cool::thumbsup:
    (can't explain why I even debated picking this up.... glad I didn't pass ! sheesh)...
    no explanation.

    Last edited: Aug 8, 2018
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  8. jblyttle

    jblyttle Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2014
    Very fair, that's a nice example.
    Drum4fun and Yankee Josh like this.
  9. Drum4fun


    Mar 21, 2018
    Team ax... added a photo of garage hang... ignore the big A hole in the wall...I
    moved some stuff and uncovered the damage... TEENAGERS !!! ... on the repair list.
    (might wait until he moves out). :D

    ... at least I get to look at this ax every time I get in and out of the car. I did
    as planned ...minimal clean up.... wanted it left as used.

    Wall art ! :thumbsup: wall hole ! :thumbsdown:

    Stuff happens... we will laugh at this in a few years.... I think.

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