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12 hours ago, ihrondiesel said:

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

Ok smarty, where does the support group meet?  😂🤣😂🤣
 

Wife asked me why I drug home a hammer every time I came home from a sale. I told her to “leave me alone because I could be hanging out in bars or doing drugs”

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A couple of auction finds from several years ago. I re-handled both and used deck sealer on the handles to keep them from drying out.  Of course more is better so I sprayed the heads too.  One of the blades on the Vaughan double bit is slightly off center.

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The far blade is offset slightly to the left.

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The single bit is a Plumb.

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Then a couple of more recent finds.  On the left is a Bluegrass double bit.

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On the right is a Plumb double bit with a very crooked handle.  I was planning to re-handle it until I swung it at a stump and realized the handle is also twisted to the left.  I’m going to leave as is for now.  It just has too much character the way it is.

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Finished another tonight. This is a Plumb Boy Scout hatchet. I put it on an NOS handle that had red paint on it and I think it turned out looking just fine. Most of the original finish was still on the handle.  Polished the poll minus a deep mark it already had in it from a previous life.  Ready for work!

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8 hours ago, Ian Beale said:

Or the axe answers back

I don’t talk to them and they don’t talk back 😊. I enjoy making something old new again. It may sound strange but to me it’s relaxing work. 

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Finished the Belknap double bit I picked up a while back. New handle fitted properly. I like the look of the scalloped axes. I didn’t even have to put an edge on it.  That may be a first.  

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Good job, Sledge! Those old Bluegrass axes are really nice and will last a man a long time. I've yet to run onto one I didn't happen to sharpen, though. Might be time to go out and buy a lottery ticket!

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Not a sharp thing but a different thing.  This is a 3/4” swage. Used for shaping metal to a certain size. It is labeled and in very good shape. It got a handle today also. 2DF848FC-FC41-43B8-890A-290204F68D05.thumb.jpeg.3b37d4f2e79ec39f655f31179dade490.jpeg6AAA27DB-7F74-419E-80FB-38DF08F1661D.thumb.jpeg.5a96e148d543923376c03b6d24e50c07.jpegE8B16BD4-99F3-4A55-98F2-7EECA97DC0DD.thumb.jpeg.a1d42e74d63894c837667c83a2866a65.jpegCE3305E1-A0FF-4EB0-AAAE-7ABB2410EEF7.thumb.jpeg.12efcc80c8c81f739b101b29d72bd2b3.jpeg

opposite of that but for the same purpose is this swage. It is struck on the top with a hammer (just like the other one) to create an indention or fuller in metal. 3C3F11E4-00B1-4DD2-B7ED-D1D0A91CA2D3.thumb.jpeg.72f2452cae800c3779c09b25ecd96816.jpeg3F5E0812-EA75-496E-B181-908591C60AE9.thumb.jpeg.e40479498b4ea9bdef56bc50602d2844.jpeg

It could be used for making something like this in a hand made hammer. Compressing the metal vs grinding it out makes it stronger.  

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1 hour ago, just Dave said:

Nice tools Todd, I’d rather have a tool than gold. Not pound for pound but dollar for dollar for sure.

Thank You. Setting these tools back up to the way they were originally is relaxing to me believe it or not. 

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1 hour ago, Sledgehammer said:

Thank You. Setting these tools back up to the way they were originally is relaxing to me believe it or not. 

It really is, isn't it. I hung a little no-name boys axe on a new old-stock handle yesterday evening. Sorry, no photos of it though. It weighs 3.75 pounds handle and all; possibly the smallest axe in my collection. The eye is ridged, and that makes me want to say it's a Kelly but I can't prove it since there are no markings of any kind on it. 

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10 minutes ago, MacAR said:

It really is, isn't it. I hung a little no-name boys axe on a new old-stock handle yesterday evening. Sorry, no photos of it though. It weighs 3.75 pounds handle and all; possibly the smallest axe in my collection. The eye is ridged, and that makes me want to say it's a Kelly but I can't prove it since there are no markings of any kind on it. 

Mac

That’s a safe bet to me. I see more TrueTemper/Kelly made like that than any other. This one is that way. 0B22EB44-981A-4F31-B912-F4595ABBFDC2.thumb.jpeg.0bb20b94f400c4cdec59145875529fb8.jpegCFE75417-2DB3-4877-ABB1-0403C664EB4C.thumb.jpeg.9bba36d98651e9c2762fad0cd751c738.jpeg
 

So is this no name I have yet to work on. Perhaps made for a hardware line somewhere and done cheaper without a moniker stamped in?95679DE2-4CF5-4C92-998E-CBF971159954.thumb.jpeg.708ecdcd01c3db25c55f7d869881f81d.jpeg0E5C9B51-BBE6-4D80-850E-58256EEF32C5.thumb.jpeg.2b1fc231b466176e83b5d030fe849ceb.jpeg

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Hey Todd

@Sledgehammer

Ran across this on the ol interweb.

Says it was a connecting rod from a WWII era FLD

I know there are a few members on here that may be able to supply you with seed stock😃

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1 hour ago, Sledgehammer said:

So is this no name I have yet to work on. Perhaps made for a hardware line somewhere and done cheaper without a moniker stamped in?

I think Kelly put paper labels on their cheaper axes, like Collins did on their Homestead line. Doesn't make them a bad ax, just lower priced. The little guy I did only had 4 ridges in the eye, most have 6. Those are very nice heads, Sledge. 

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21 minutes ago, MacAR said:

I think Kelly put paper labels on their cheaper axes, like Collins did on their Homestead line. Doesn't make them a bad ax, just lower priced. The little guy I did only had 4 ridges in the eye, most have 6. Those are very nice heads, Sledge. 

Mac

I didn’t know that about the paper labels. Interesting. Most of these came in a large metal crate at a sale in November. I didn’t know what all was in there so I bought it. 27 different axe and hatchet heads. (Some junk) and lots of other things including some hammers. 

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20 minutes ago, Sledgehammer said:

I didn’t know that about the paper labels. Interesting. Most of these came in a large metal crate at a sale in November. I didn’t know what all was in there so I bought it. 27 different axe and hatchet heads. (Some junk) and lots of other things including some hammers. 

Sounds like a good score! Here's a little gem I picked up a few weeks ago:

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It's a Simmons Hardware Chip-a-way, too big to be a boys axe, but the eye's too small for a full sized handle. I'm calling it a house ax, since I keep it next to the woodbox. My meager research says it's sorta rare, in that Simmons Hardware was the predecessor to EC Simmons Keen-Kutter and there weren't a lot of smaller axes marked as such. I need to snap a couple pictures of my more recent acquisitions. I've been on a Hudson Bay, Boy's axe kick lately it seems.

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1 hour ago, MacAR said:

Sounds like a good score! Here's a little gem I picked up a few weeks ago:

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It's a Simmons Hardware Chip-a-way, too big to be a boys axe, but the eye's too small for a full sized handle. I'm calling it a house ax, since I keep it next to the woodbox. My meager research says it's sorta rare, in that Simmons Hardware was the predecessor to EC Simmons Keen-Kutter and there weren't a lot of smaller axes marked as such. I need to snap a couple pictures of my more recent acquisitions. I've been on a Hudson Bay, Boy's axe kick lately it seems.

Mac

I have a Keen Kutter house axe. It’s on the right in this pic sporting the original handle.  The other is a Winchester that has since gotten a new handle. (Second pic) It’s also a boys or house axe I believe. Larger than a hatchet and smaller than anything else.  I used around a 20” handle on it if I remember correctly  image.thumb.jpeg.c0fc5c85076ae83953ac50fdfbb4db01.jpeg
 

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48 minutes ago, 801486 said:

I've got about a half dozen axes and a couple hatchets, only one double bit axe, I believe it's a plumb if I remember right, would like to find more double bit, they're my favorite.

I like a double bit for looks but personally dont use one much. I do like this little double bit Norlund though. The red color is original and can be seen on lots of Norlund axes and hatchets.
 

I’m with @MacAR in that I like the Hudson Bay pattern stuff. Norlund is well known for that style of head. 
 

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Coming soon….. I’ve got a large oddball TrueTemper/Kelly head. It weighs just over 5-1/2lbs and has shoulders. F05D766F-855B-424E-B3EE-B0B7BF266C90.thumb.jpeg.99d48aaf082735515cb99ed8485362a0.jpeg27B26E4C-8D7D-451B-8CB0-98054DD1FF25.thumb.jpeg.732efc0a68f0a5b506bbe6e7fa7109ba.jpeg5445F32E-91CC-4280-B9BE-D039E68B738A.thumb.jpeg.7dff7ac736c7acdfd7cee09173178872.jpegSome pitting and has seen use. The problem is, someone got rough on the eye.1F7C6428-FD2B-4892-AA11-5F38CFA13244.thumb.jpeg.046af5ca0a0ae08b0ccde08e2b247966.jpeg

I think I can fix that in the forge as I have nothing to lose and an axe eye drift in my bag of tricks. 36279672-DE6A-49A2-BA65-FD3CE06E7901.thumb.jpeg.1ee7421e70a42e577cf6ec8d4903c5e5.jpeg

The problem will be getting the heat treat decent after the repair. This head is a monster for a single bit axe head. 

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39 minutes ago, Sledgehammer said:

Coming soon….. I’ve got a large oddball TrueTemper/Kelly head. It weighs just over 5-1/2lbs and has shoulders. F05D766F-855B-424E-B3EE-B0B7BF266C90.thumb.jpeg.99d48aaf082735515cb99ed8485362a0.jpeg27B26E4C-8D7D-451B-8CB0-98054DD1FF25.thumb.jpeg.732efc0a68f0a5b506bbe6e7fa7109ba.jpeg5445F32E-91CC-4280-B9BE-D039E68B738A.thumb.jpeg.7dff7ac736c7acdfd7cee09173178872.jpegSome pitting and has seen use. The problem is, someone got rough on the eye.1F7C6428-FD2B-4892-AA11-5F38CFA13244.thumb.jpeg.046af5ca0a0ae08b0ccde08e2b247966.jpeg

I think I can fix that in the forge as I have nothing to lose and an axe eye drift in my bag of tricks. 36279672-DE6A-49A2-BA65-FD3CE06E7901.thumb.jpeg.1ee7421e70a42e577cf6ec8d4903c5e5.jpeg

The problem will be getting the heat treat decent after the repair. This head is a monster for a single bit axe head. 

I call that a Jersey pattern; they're known for being big, heavy axes. I'd be interested to see how your repair goes. I've got one or two old heads that look similar and I've always wanted to see if they could be fixed. One cold day I need to fire the forge and try it, if yours works out of course. 

Mac

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