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Any Axe or Hatchet Aficionados?

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I recently found an old hatchet head in my fathers storage shed. It has really bad patina with some rough pitting. I was able to make out the following "B.x Swift" as the makers mark. I can't find much via google on this hatchet head and was hoping someone would be able to tell me more about the item. I need a new hatchet and wanted to put some effort into a piece providing it was worthy. Thanks in advance! 

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I know nothing of such things, but it sounds like a worthy endeavor. 

 

Good luck, Pilgrim !   May you fare well.

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About 5-6 years ago I bought a Husqvarna hatchet.  Not sure why but I thought it'd be pretty neat for camp fire wood...........it is a very nicely built tool.

 

http://www.vminnovations.com/Product_68696/Husqvarna-13-Inch-Wooden-Handle-Hatchet-576926401.html?rd=gpf_68696&utm_source=ShoppingBranded&gclid=CNut_IO84MQCFdcYgQod2zMA0Q


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You have got me thinking, NSNH... I have a couple of hatchets and have never checked them for MFG marks or whatever. One of them looks a lot like the Husqvarna hatchet that Lawdwaz posted..I have used it for a lot of little chores, like chopping off heads, wings and feet when butchering poultry and small game and various other chores.

I'll have to check them out for markings.. I think I got them both at yard sales.

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They can be pretty collectible Dan. Mine is made by Wetterlings I believe but certainlly not special although made in Sweden. The Gransforbuks (sp) are pretty nice but damned expensive.


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Clean it up and put a handel on it, the shape of the head will tell you what it was use for, anything that has a makers mark /stamp and not made in China is worth using....

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I've hunted almost everyday of my life.. the rest have been wasted!

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Sounds like a black smith forged head pretty 1900, here is a good site of major manufactures www.yeasteryearstools.com

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I've hunted almost everyday of my life.. the rest have been wasted!

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I checked my hacthets and actually I have three.  The one I use the most is a Boy Scouts of America Genuine Plumb.  It is in good shape and has the original handle.  The other two are a Collins and a Dunlap. All are quality American made tools, but the BSA Plumb appears the most valuable..Perhaps I should clean it up and  retire it and use one of the others.

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Twenty-nine years ago when I moved into my house, I found a stash of old tools in the garage. Many were rusted, some, being old and from an age and day when they made things to last, I brought many of them back to life if they could be useful to me again.

 

One item was an old, rusted axe head in the bottom of a wooden milk crate, I took a wire wheel brush and removed all the old rust. The head was forged, and had a "Plumb" stamp on it. I knew I had something worthwhile. I took all the rust off, and refinished the metal head with cold-blue. I procured a new handle, fit the end in the axe and secured it with Acraglas, gave it a BLO finish, a coat of wax, added a hole at the end for some paracord to wrap around my wrist to keep the axe from slipping. It's sharp enough to shave with. If I change anything when this handle breaks, I'll look for a longer one, with a bit more curve to it.

 

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The old man had a few in the shed. Took them to my place for "the treatment". I also have an older PLUMB axe in a rockaway pattern (pretty impressive piece). I love those Swedish axes and would love to pick one up but other things are occupying my disposable income at the moment. 


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Sounds like a black smith forged head pretty 1900, here is a good site of major manufactures www.yeasteryearstools.com

 

G-Man, I'd never heard of that site, and just checked it out. Lots of good info, including the B.x Swift, thanks.

 

Collins Pt. 1.html

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I tried add the page for you NeverSeenNorHeard, but it didn't work. A computer whiz, I ain't.

 

I think you can download it by clicking on it.?

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I have a habit picking up old hatchets and little axes on flea markets, garage sale environments. Ones with handles for $5., without sometimes for $2. cut out a nice hickory handle, linceed oil them and install. If I think I have to many, I flea them, making a nice little profit. Sometimes, people just want to get rid of them. There's some nice old ones. They sure don't Mak,em like they use too.

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I picked up hatchet head today. Looked like a nice one so I give $5 for it and a hunting belt buckle. After cleaning it up, inscribed was American Fork & Hoe Company, 1944. Shave down another hickory handle.

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I picked up hatchet head today. Looked like a nice one so I give $5 for it and a hunting belt buckle. After cleaning it up, inscribed was American Fork & Hoe Company, 1944. Shave down another hickory handle.

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Know this is an old thread. I picked up a couple of ax heads for $2  on a Flea Market in Medina, yesterday. One reads American Fork and Hoe. The other has Walters on it. Can't tell if it's from Canada or New York. American writing, not French.   I  got to get going making up the right style handles for these heads,I'm collecting.

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