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#5995674 - 09/10/17 07:12 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
oneoldboot Offline
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Registered: 08/16/14
Posts: 436
Loc: South Central PA
Making a "pioneer axe." Very interesting video. You will want to watch this if you are an axe man (or woman).

pioneer axe

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#5996386 - 09/11/17 05:52 PM Re: Axes! [Re: Hern]
BigBob Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
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Originally Posted By: Hern
dob, the one stamped US.
Is that military issue? Who made it?
I saw 2 axes marked the same US at flea market this week. Didn't buy them.

US Forest service marks all their stuff "US", If it was "GI" it would be green.
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#5996460 - 09/11/17 07:05 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
jeepsyco Offline
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Registered: 04/07/12
Posts: 411
Loc: Northern VA
So I've been using my Husqvarna splitting maul for about a year. I split mostly chestnut oak rounds. I was was using it today and got to thinking how great its been. I rarely even use the axe. Sounds like a shotgun when that oak round cracks and those half-rounds just explode apart.

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#6024381 - 10/12/17 06:51 PM Re: Axes! [Re: oneoldboot]
oneoldboot Offline
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Posts: 436
Loc: South Central PA
Originally Posted By: oneoldboot
Found this axe resource today:

yesteryearstools.com


I bought one of the books on the the above site: axes and associated hand tools.

Excellent book! Has a vast amount of line drawings and info. A+

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#6096299 - 12/23/17 09:40 AM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
jeepsyco Offline
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Registered: 04/07/12
Posts: 411
Loc: Northern VA
Due to scheduling, the wife and I exchanged gifts. She got me a Gransfors Bruks splitting maul. Man, this thing is gorgeous. The thought they put into the handle, metal collar, etc is a work of art.

I'll still use my Husqvarna maul as my go-to. Just did about 2 cords of oak for a neighbor. He saw how I moved through it and says he's getting one now.

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#6096332 - 12/23/17 10:20 AM Re: Axes! [Re: jeepsyco]
Mike in A-town Offline
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Registered: 09/29/13
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Loc: Northeast Oklahoma
Originally Posted By: jeepsyco
Due to scheduling, the wife and I exchanged gifts. She got me a Gransfors Bruks splitting maul. Man, this thing is gorgeous. The thought they put into the handle, metal collar, etc is a work of art.

I'll still use my Husqvarna maul as my go-to. Just did about 2 cords of oak for a neighbor. He saw how I moved through it and says he's getting one now.


My wife bought me a GB splitting maul a few years ago... For father's day IIRC.

I'm on the tall side. So a tad longer handle would suit me better. But other than that I have no complaints.

It is a well-made implement. Mine was forged by Matthias Blich.

Mike
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#6096352 - 12/23/17 10:46 AM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
jeepsyco Offline
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Loc: Northern VA
Mine was made by Jonas Berglund.

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#6114119 - 01/05/18 08:58 AM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
flyrod444 Offline
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Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 40
Loc: Western North Carolina
This is an old axe my dad had. I cleaned it up and hope to put a new handle in it today. What info I could get is that the panther axes were made by Kelly.It has taken a great edge. The handle I took out of it was warped so bad it was not really useable.



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#6118151 - 01/08/18 11:39 AM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
Okiecntry Offline
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Registered: 11/23/10
Posts: 1625
Loc: East OK & West AR
I don't have a picture handy but I have a "C. HAMMOND PHILA CAST STEEL" lathing hammer/hatchet. I did a little research and it appears to have been made late 1800s or early 1900s. I'm thinking it is probably pretty good steel but I'm not sure. Anyone have experience with this maker?

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#6118220 - 01/08/18 01:13 PM Re: Axes! [Re: Okiecntry]
daveharmon Offline
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Registered: 07/31/08
Posts: 65
Loc: wisconsin
They are real common.They seem to made of decent steel.

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#6118263 - 01/08/18 02:08 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
Okiecntry Offline
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Registered: 11/23/10
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Loc: East OK & West AR
Thanks Dave, I don't do any roofing with it. I have carried it in the pickup as a combo hammer and hatchet for emergency purposes. I just didn't want to be using it if it was valuable.

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#6118306 - 01/08/18 03:06 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
flyrod444 Offline
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Registered: 03/02/13
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Loc: Western North Carolina
This is an old broad axe head that has been in my family as long as I can remember. It has JB 9 stamped on it. Any ideal who made it. It rings unreal when thumped with a finger.



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#6160967 - 02/17/18 05:43 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
oneoldboot Offline
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Posts: 436
Loc: South Central PA
I have been using vinegar on some axes, but haven't been happy with the results. This is my first try at electrolysis.

On the below, notice at the top center, you can read the marker's stamp, "bluegrass" Louisville KY. This was not noticeable at all before cleaning it up. I took the axe out of the bath and wiped with a rag. This is what it looked like




On this side, after electrolysis, I took a wire wheel on a drill to it. It actually looks better than in the picture.



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#6160969 - 02/17/18 05:46 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
Mike in A-town Offline
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Loc: Northeast Oklahoma
"Muskets and sabers win wars. But nations are built with axes and plows."

Mike
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#6160978 - 02/17/18 05:58 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
flyrod444 Offline
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Registered: 03/02/13
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Loc: Western North Carolina
This is a small plumb scout hatchet I just cleaned up and put a handle in. This was my first try at making a handle also.

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#6170291 - 02/25/18 06:42 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
oneoldboot Offline
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Registered: 08/16/14
Posts: 436
Loc: South Central PA
I have been using electrolysis to clean up axes and a vice. So far, it is working well. I think a wire wheel can work just as well on an axe with light surface rust, but electrolysis helps to get into those hard to reach spots.

This is what the container looks like.



This is what's soaking now. Will post an "after" pic in a couple days.



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#6171320 - 02/26/18 05:32 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
oneoldboot Offline
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Loc: South Central PA
After ~ 36 hours of electrolysis. Took it out once in the evening and in morning to quickly hit it with a wire brush. Doubt I spent more than 2 minutes doing that total. I put back in just to clean out the areas with the mechanic parts.


Before



After





Edited by oneoldboot (02/26/18 05:33 PM)
Edit Reason: spelling counts

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#6171347 - 02/26/18 05:48 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
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Registered: 12/23/06
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Loc: Western Michigan
That turned out really nice.
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#6171362 - 02/26/18 06:00 PM Re: Axes! [Re: Animals Only]
Zim Offline
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Registered: 12/27/06
Posts: 3668
Loc: Rock Springs, WI
Is Dale Torma from northern Minnesota still on here? That guy was a walking encyclopedia on axes, handles, hewing logs, making sleds, etc. I miss his posts. Nice job on that head Old Boot!

Zim

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#6171377 - 02/26/18 06:13 PM Re: Axes! [Re: NorthwoodsKid]
hillbillyjake Offline
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Registered: 06/10/09
Posts: 225
Loc: west virginia
I don't think so, zim. I think I saw where it may have been a permanent vacation type of deal. Supposed to be on Facebook, though
I traded him a crosscut saw vise a while back. Got a nice short handled axe with a birch bark sheeth in return. Good guy to deal with. He knows his stuff.

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