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Pike Poles used on log drives, too.

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39 minutes ago, jeeper61 said:

Forged on site all handles made there from native lumber 

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Interesting. I’ve kind of had my eye out for a pickeroon. Not many around here. I’ve always liked the Hudson Bay pattern axes and particularly the Norlund brand. 

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Jeeper, what company is that??

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I was at a sale recently and came home with some stuff.... This axe was in the mix of a giant wire basket full. I normally buy specific items but I was able to bring the basket home. At least 27 axe and hatchet heads in the basket (among other things) and 32 hammer heads.  I’m guessing it weighed around 300lbs all together as we had to unload it half way for two of us to set it in the bed of the pickup.
 

Anyhow...  This was obviously hand made. You can see the wrap and forge weld marking on it. Has a right hand tendency. Hard to say what all this thing has done. It looks like the pol (hammer end) was forge welded on also which is impressive to me. That would not be an easy weld to make from my experience.
Last pic is most of the others. I have another 4-5 pulled out of the pile already.  

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17 minutes ago, DT Fan said:

Finally got a picture of the one I found awhile back. Think you could save it Todd?

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Oh my...  I can send a replacement. That one is just about gone. 

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4 hours ago, Sledgehammer said:

I was at a sale recently and came home with some stuff.... This axe was in the mix of a giant wire basket full. I normally buy specific items but I was able to bring the basket home. At least 27 axe and hatchet heads in the basket (among other things) and 32 hammer heads.  I’m guessing it weighed around 300lbs all together as we had to unload it half way for two of us to set it in the bed of the pickup.
 

Anyhow...  This was obviously hand made. You can see the wrap and forge weld marking on it. Has a right hand tendency. Hard to say what all this thing has done. It looks like the pol (hammer end) was forge welded on also which is impressive to me. That would not be an easy weld to make from my experience.
Last pic is most of the others. I have another 4-5 pulled out of the pile already.  

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Sounds like a nice haul, Sledge. I'd like to see them all laid out sometime, if you have time of course. 

I found a couple neat boy's/camp axes the other day. One is marked but illegible, and appears to be blacksmith-made. The other is a Simmons Chip-a-way, that sharpened the nicest of any axe I've ever filed. Both are on original or very old replacement handles as well. The best part, I got the pair for only $20! Will post pictures when I can. 

Mac

PS - Thanks to you guys who've kept this thread alive!

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1 hour ago, MacAR said:

Sounds like a nice haul, Sledge. I'd like to see them all laid out sometime, if you have time of course. 

Thanks. I posted a poor pic of most all of them above but they aren’t cleaned up yet. Some are junk but most are usable. Picked up a handle for the Belknap/Bluegrass double bit earlier today. It will take some work to remove the lacquer, sand the way I want, stain, and treat accordingly. New axe handles are just almost junk unless you pay big $$ for a custom handle place.  

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6 hours ago, Sledgehammer said:

I was at a sale recently and came home with some stuff.... This axe was in the mix of a giant wire basket full. I normally buy specific items but I was able to bring the basket home. At least 27 axe and hatchet heads in the basket (among other things) and 32 hammer heads.  I’m guessing it weighed around 300lbs all together as we had to unload it half way for two of us to set it in the bed of the pickup.
 

Anyhow...  This was obviously hand made. You can see the wrap and forge weld marking on it. Has a right hand tendency. Hard to say what all this thing has done. It looks like the pol (hammer end) was forge welded on also which is impressive to me. That would not be an easy weld to make from my experience.
Last pic is most of the others. I have another 4-5 pulled out of the pile already.  

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To me that looks like a hewing axe or hatchet. The ones around here are offset left or right but are modern enough not to be blacksmith made. Handle might even have been curved? 

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3 minutes ago, vtfireman85 said:

To me that looks like a hewing axe or hatchet. The ones around here are offset left or right but are modern enough not to be blacksmith made. Handle might even have been curved? 

Yes, it’s for hewing with a right hand tendency. I’ve seen curved handles but most were not. I got a more modern hewing hatchet also but am not around it to grab a pic. 

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45 minutes ago, Sledgehammer said:

New axe handles are just almost junk unless you pay big $$ for a custom handle place.  

Ain't that the truth! That's why I try to save all those old "toothpick" handles I can, they feel so much better in the hand!

Mac

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Another one from the sale. I glanced at it and thought hewing hatchet but to my joy it is centered. The only markings seem to be a persons name instead of a maker. 
 

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On 11/15/2022 at 8:46 AM, Sledgehammer said:

I was at a sale recently and came home with some stuff.... This axe was in the mix of a giant wire basket full. I normally buy specific items but I was able to bring the basket home. At least 27 axe and hatchet heads in the basket (among other things) and 32 hammer heads.  I’m guessing it weighed around 300lbs all together as we had to unload it half way for two of us to set it in the bed of the pickup.
 

Anyhow...  This was obviously hand made. You can see the wrap and forge weld marking on it. Has a right hand tendency. Hard to say what all this thing has done. It looks like the pol (hammer end) was forge welded on also which is impressive to me. That would not be an easy weld to make from my experience.
Last pic is most of the others. I have another 4-5 pulled out of the pile already.  

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Hi, my name is Todd and I I have a problem. 😎

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1 hour ago, Sledgehammer said:

Another one from the sale. I glanced at it and thought hewing hatchet but to my joy it is centered. The only markings seem to be a persons name instead of a maker. 
 

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Thats one heck of a find! 

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