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My Grandpa's Handaxe
« on: September 26, 2020, 03:31:13 PM »
OK, so it was not really his, but it is exactly like his was.  He always called it a "handaxe" so I will too.  His handaxe was his pride and joy, but after he died his "stuff" wasn't properly looked out for and his axe went somewhere??  I Googled, found this one, and decided that it needed a home.


 
It was listed as:  Vintage Craftsman Broad Head Single Beveled Edge Hewing Axe.  
OK so it is just "stuff" but this is an item that I intend to use, just like he did.  smiley_chop
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Re: My Grandpa's Handaxe
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2020, 05:30:09 PM »
I keep my eyes peeled for one of those in every junk box, yard sale, and auction I go to.I would really love to have one for hewing work. There are a lot of things you just can't do with a standard beveled ax. You have yourself a beaut there. Those things don't go cheap these days, hard to find in any usable condition unless the seller is VERY proud of it. Nice find, I bet you paid a good buck for it.
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Re: My Grandpa's Handaxe
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2020, 05:38:09 PM »
Might need a leather loop on your apron belt.  smiley_chop
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Re: My Grandpa's Handaxe
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2020, 10:25:11 PM »
In the picture/avatar to the left of this post is my dad with a small axe he carried whenever we'd go out walking.  I was a small head similar to the one he had in WWII.  The handle was short but not as short as a hatchet.  Vines, thistles and the like did not stand a chance!  My older brother has it. 

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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2020, 09:40:41 AM »
I have a hatchet more like 50 yrs old/bought as new and German made, that I carried on my KS-Kaw River trapline in a leather belt sheath I made.
I agree on the handaxe vs. hatchet name.
My Grandfathers (My Dad's side & from same MO county as Jesse James-he was born in Ozarks 1889) blade tool that I still use is a drawknife, obviously made by a blacksmith as the cutting edge is inlaid by hammer welding technique. it peeled all my homes 300 ea., wall logs both sides and never missed a beat. 
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« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2020, 09:58:33 AM »
Nice find Mr Lynn,
Old axes are a hot item these days
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Re: My Grandpa's Handaxe
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2020, 05:50:54 PM »
As I was hanging my 48" level on a nail in the shop recently I realized that next nail over, I also have a "carpenters hatchet" from my Grandpa. They have a hammer head on one end, blade with a nail notch on the other. 
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Re: My Grandpa's Handaxe
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2020, 06:08:04 PM »
That sounds like what I grew up calling a rigging ax. A crew boss of mine used to frame with one. He misstepped off the second floor on a job down near New London after a long drought, baked hard clay. When I got down to him all I saw was the handle sticking out from under him and my mind went to the worst but luckily it was flat under him. His leg was a whole nuther story.
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« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2020, 08:41:12 PM »
A crew boss of mine used to frame with one. He misstepped off the second floor on a job down near New London after a long drought, baked hard clay.
I was told a supposedly true first hand story from someone who was framing a house and one of the guys fell from 3 stories up. He landed flat on his belly in a small area where the homeowner had left the hose running and created a mud hole. Said they guy was unharmed but almost suffocated before they got him pulled out.
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Re: My Grandpa's Handaxe
« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2020, 02:37:00 AM »
Great old axe.

A conversation with the ND hermit about his Isaiah Blood broad axe. ;)

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Re: My Grandpa's Handaxe
« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2020, 11:53:17 AM »
also called a "Broad Hatchet".  I keep a pair of them, with the bevels facing different directions.

Those old Craftsman ones were probably made by Plumb, which is a very good one.

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Re: My Grandpa's Handaxe
« Reply #11 on: October 24, 2020, 08:53:57 AM »
I reset the handle but nothing else yet.  Sawing has me busy.  :-\
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Re: My Grandpa's Handaxe
« Reply #12 on: October 24, 2020, 04:03:59 PM »
Those hammer head long handled hatchets were called a riggers axes .I've seen framers drive a 16 D nail in about two swings .Those guys would make two of me .--BTW they were not what you might call "finish carpenters " but they certainly could nail prefab apartments together in a hurry .

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Re: My Grandpa's Handaxe
« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2020, 11:54:11 AM »
I am going to declare this project complete.  


 
The handle is reset, it's sharp, and the head is flipped because I wanted the bevel on the opposite side. It won't be hung on a nail to gather dust because I intend to use it.

EDIT:  I intended to add that the poll is mushroomed a bit but I decided to leave it as it is. 
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« Reply #14 on: October 28, 2020, 04:04:15 PM »
what a legacy.  I think it is an honor that you own it, and it honors your grandpa that his axe is respected, refurbished, and will live on.
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« Reply #15 on: October 28, 2020, 05:44:43 PM »
this posting had me looking at my grandfathers edged tools, all carpentry, roofing and such. I have three generations of tools, proud of my heritage.
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« Reply #16 on: October 28, 2020, 10:45:26 PM »
Lookin sharp!

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Re: My Grandpa's Handaxe
« Reply #17 on: October 29, 2020, 10:36:15 PM »
FWIW, I think that would be called a Kent pattern. I walked by the kindling box by the wood cookstove in the farm museum the other day, looked down and there was the spitting image of yours.
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« Reply #18 on: November 18, 2020, 07:54:22 PM »
I use a Gransfors Bruks 1900.  Would this be called right hand or left hand?


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« Reply #19 on: November 18, 2020, 08:04:47 PM »
Thats a really good one 👍


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