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#5059241 - 05/24/15 08:30 PM Axes!
NorthwoodsKid Offline
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Registered: 07/30/13
Posts: 171
Loc: North Eastern MN
Among my hobbies, I really enjoy working with old axe heads. Its fun to work with one that you get for $5 and turn it into a viable tool. Just finished an old Sager Chemical Double Bit a guy gave to me. Next project will hopefully be a 2.5 lb double bit cruiser axe. If anybodies got one they are looking to part with, let me know! Anybody else enjoy working on and with axes?
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#5059270 - 05/24/15 08:47 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
Wallace Offline
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Registered: 11/28/13
Posts: 1482
Loc: Batesville, AR
I was cleaning up some junk in the woods a couple of years ago and found a 4 lb Plump felling axe head under an old car door. It cleaned up great and I was going to hang it on the wall so I blued it, but I couldnt find the handle I wanted so I wound up putting a regular single bit handle in it and started useing it. The blueing lasted along time but it is rusty again now, but still a sweet cutting axe.

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#5060272 - 05/25/15 06:37 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
snare1 Offline
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Registered: 01/15/12
Posts: 1776
Loc: ohio foothills
I like old hatchets,I only use one at a time but like buying them as I can.
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#5060308 - 05/25/15 07:02 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
Otter04 Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 2463
Loc: Westerlo, New York
norlunds are my favorite

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#5060317 - 05/25/15 07:05 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
jeremy brua Offline
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Registered: 03/11/10
Posts: 1386
Loc: Volant Pa.
I love old axes! I have collected a few cruisers and they are my favorites. Axes are starting to get really popular right now and good deals are getting harder to find.

Here is a Kelly cruiser I fixed up.
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#5060331 - 05/25/15 07:12 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
Gator Foot Offline
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Registered: 04/06/14
Posts: 188
Loc: South Louisiana
What do y'all look far in a good axe?

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#5060352 - 05/25/15 07:21 PM Re: Axes! [Re: Gator Foot]
board stretcher Offline
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Registered: 12/08/13
Posts: 2532
Loc: Panhandle of Idaho
Originally Posted By: Gator Foot
What do y'all look far in a good axe?
X2
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#5060379 - 05/25/15 07:35 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
MnMan Offline
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Registered: 03/04/07
Posts: 5528
Loc: Central MN, sort of old
I picked up a 2 1/4 pound Winchester head at a garage sale a few weeks ago and just put an old handle on it to make it functional. I won't put it to wood but it is pretty cool. I pick up old axes and hatchets and fix them up..pretty fun for me too. Oh, by the way, I paid 50 cents for the Winchester head and two bucks for the handle. I now have 16 hatchets and 5 axes.
This is the latest in which I have $2.50 invested:

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#5060384 - 05/25/15 07:40 PM Re: Axes! [Re: Gator Foot]
chas3457 Offline
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Registered: 12/19/10
Posts: 4842
Loc: Nebraska, Dawson County
Originally Posted By: Gator Foot
What do y'all look far in a good axe?


Name, is a good place to start. smile Kelly, Collins, Plumb, are ones I am familiar with, but there are several other U.S. made axes that are very good.





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#5060399 - 05/25/15 07:45 PM Re: Axes! [Re: Gator Foot]
jeremy brua Offline
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Registered: 03/11/10
Posts: 1386
Loc: Volant Pa.
Originally Posted By: Gator Foot
What do y'all look far in a good axe?


I look for an older one. All of mine are well over 50 years old. If it is a loose head I will hold it up with one finger in the eye and ring it like a bell with a piece of metal. It should have a high pitched long ring to it. This is not a proven method to tell quality of the steel but think it is worth doing.

You also need to decide what you are going to use it for mostly so you can pick the right pattern head. I will not buy one with a metal or plastic handel!
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#5060403 - 05/25/15 07:47 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
Bruce T Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 23040
Loc: Northern Maine
Would like to find a big old double headed ax to use in a fisher mount I have in mind.
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#5060425 - 05/25/15 07:58 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
dslipshod Offline
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Registered: 04/18/14
Posts: 325
Loc: Illinois
I like wetterlings myself.

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#5060434 - 05/25/15 08:01 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
chas3457 Offline
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Registered: 12/19/10
Posts: 4842
Loc: Nebraska, Dawson County
Go to the thread "Check this Out", I just posted. Lots and lots of COOL traps and AXES. grin




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#5060444 - 05/25/15 08:05 PM Re: Axes! [Re: Gator Foot]
NorthwoodsKid Offline
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Registered: 07/30/13
Posts: 171
Loc: North Eastern MN
Originally Posted By: Gator Foot
What do y'all look far in a good axe?


It is hard to go wrong with an old American made axe head. They made 'em right back in the day. Swedish and German steel is also excellent. Use a belt sander to get a rough edge, but go sparingly and make sure you don't get the steel hot. Then use a (This word is unacceptable on Trapperman) file and a stone to get yourself a good edge. Get yourself a good handle made from hickory or ash. You are set to go!
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#5060476 - 05/25/15 08:36 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
Dale Torma Offline
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Registered: 02/02/07
Posts: 3561
Loc: Northern MN
Very nice axe, MN Man. Great find

Like mentioned above, older ( pre 1970) US axes can be some of the best ever made, pre 1940's even better.

Marshall Wells, Hickory, Collins, Winchester, many good brands. Even some small chips in the blade and light mushrooming in the poll can be belt sanded away and made like new. Hanging a handle can be an art, take your time fitting a new handle.

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#5060580 - 05/25/15 09:31 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
Hern Offline
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Registered: 12/29/06
Posts: 631
Loc: Pennsyltucky
I've worked on a few ole axes. Enjoyed bringing back to life.
Last winter I remembered some not so good leather I bought at a yard sale.
Figured I make a few sheaths for my axes.
Here's a sheath I made for my camp axe...


Here's sheath for my camp axe and a friends camp axe...

That was fun making the two sheaths for camp axes so I made sheaths for two single bit axes I had in the shed.
If anyone has some leather laying around and wants to put it in service,
Here's the link that helped me with the sheaths...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6hHgTDMmGo

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#5060584 - 05/25/15 09:32 PM Re: Axes! [Re: Hern]
Hern Offline
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Registered: 12/29/06
Posts: 631
Loc: Pennsyltucky

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#5060663 - 05/25/15 10:30 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
dougG270 Offline
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Registered: 02/15/10
Posts: 91
Loc: western maine
Love bringing old axes back to life. I usually just grab heads that I figure I can use and put a handle I want on it. Never really cared about maker.

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#5061078 - 05/26/15 10:48 AM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
Otter04 Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 2463
Loc: Westerlo, New York




I was up to Johnney Thorpes one day, many years ago. And i acquired this from him ... He was on the old military road in his home town of Stoney Creek. He had been rooting around an old stone wall fence and out came this axe head. There is no marks on it so it cant be referenced. But its Big. He thinks it was Revolutionary War or French and Indian war era... He had said as big as it was, it was a tree felling axe head because of it size.. Any input ?

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#5061096 - 05/26/15 11:06 AM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
Mike in A-town Offline
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Registered: 09/29/13
Posts: 4727
Loc: Northeast Oklahoma
Glad to know I'm in good company here. I admit to being an "axeholic".

Don't know much about any of them. But it's fun to collect, handle, and look at them.

Wife asked what I wanted for Fathers Day, Gransfors Bruks axe was my reply. Have to decide between the Scandanavian Forest and the American Felling...

Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Mike
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