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The Axe ID Thread
« on: January 03, 2016, 06:19:57 AM »
I've asked for help a couple of times in individual threads and thought we started a dedicated ID thread, but I couldn't find it.  So anyways, one of my operatives brought me this, it has a very clear "A" stamp, and no other marking.  Any thoughts?


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Re: The Axe ID Thread
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2016, 07:49:27 AM »
I have very limited knowledge on axes but I had seen mentioned here before to check out

www.yesteryearstool s.com

Hope this is a little bit helpful.
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Re: The Axe ID Thread
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2016, 08:02:26 AM »
I have very limited knowledge on axes but I had seen mentioned here before to check out

www.yesteryearstool s.com

Hope this is a little bit helpful.

Thanks Pete!  I looked through "A"s and didn't see anything.  Could it be a smith's mark?

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Re: The Axe ID Thread
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2016, 08:08:27 AM »
Not sure if this will help of not as it is a thread from 2012 but it can't hurt to look.

http://bladesandbushlore.com/index.php?topic=241.0
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Re: The Axe ID Thread
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2016, 08:11:21 AM »
  I cant identify the A. Hard to say if a small shop made it. For sure has seen no love lately. The pitting towards the edge is the temper line, looks to be about and inch from the edge, says to me it has life left. Old heads like that are still work horses if cleaned back up. I'll try to start posting good marks that I have. Might help some folks out. Good idea.  :chopwood:
  I will second the motion on www.yesteryearstool s.com as Pete posted. Lots of good and reliable info there.



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Re: The Axe ID Thread
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2016, 08:31:31 AM »
Thanks guys!  I'd looked through my axe books with no luck either. 

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Re: The Axe ID Thread
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2016, 01:28:29 PM »
I have a few reference books about axes. One is titled "Axe Makers of North America". It includes jobbers, manufactures, retailers, wholesalers and blacksmiths.

It lists 17 makers in the USA with a name starting with A. It also lists 13 makers in Canada. That's a total of 30 makers that could have used the letter "A" stamping on an axe head. That doesn't include any European makers.

So I would say say it would just take luck to find someone who could identify your "A" stamped head.

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Re: The Axe ID Thread
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2016, 02:50:39 PM »
I have a few reference books about axes. One is titled "Axe Makers of North America". It includes jobbers, manufactures, retailers, wholesalers and blacksmiths.

It lists 17 makers in the USA with a name starting with A. It also lists 13 makers in Canada. That's a total of 30 makers that could have used the letter "A" stamping on an axe head. That doesn't include any European makers.

So I would say say it would just take luck to find someone who could identify your "A" stamped head.

Good luck, Tom

Thanks Tom.  I guess that's the fun of axes, the intrigue...

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Re: The Axe ID Thread
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2016, 04:58:26 PM »
I found one this weekend, marked "eclipse" I didn't get it but think I will.
anyone know anything about eclipse?
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Re: The Axe ID Thread
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2016, 06:42:11 PM »
"Hand Made - Drop Forged"?  Hung this one a couple days ago...


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Re: The Axe ID Thread
« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2016, 09:07:42 PM »
That's a good one.  :)

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Re: The Axe ID Thread
« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2016, 05:29:35 PM »
That's a good one.  :)

I like your carving.

BTW thanks, I carved that as slide for neckerchief, its from a scout kit.

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Re: The Axe ID Thread
« Reply #14 on: March 23, 2016, 07:23:45 PM »
I don't know. I just noted the similar name as I was cruising through the "what's new" pages on that site.

There are some Minty ones there, with minty collector prices to match. Some interesting Plumbs. I've wondered about the name, never saw their slogan before. It's  PLUMB
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Re: The Axe ID Thread
« Reply #15 on: March 23, 2016, 08:21:32 PM »
I'll be dogged, I didn't know that.......but I do now!  Thanks, Unk! :cheers:
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Re: The Axe ID Thread
« Reply #16 on: March 23, 2016, 08:55:56 PM »
I'll be dogged, I didn't know that.......but I do now!  Thanks, Unk! :cheers:

Oh yeah, I was going to leave this sealed in the crate with all the others, but you can have a peek.
 


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Re: The Axe ID Thread
« Reply #17 on: March 25, 2016, 10:16:13 AM »
Very cool! 

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Re: The Axe ID Thread
« Reply #18 on: May 10, 2016, 06:03:00 PM »
A little hatchet stamped "500"?


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Re: The Axe ID Thread
« Reply #19 on: May 10, 2016, 07:57:33 PM »
Looks like the same HF shape; red not gold paint.  Not a bad shape.

So, that Plumb hatchet, 1/2 axe, hatchet
1.5 above. Seems to fall in a non-existent range of availability today. I don't recall seeing anything similar=what's it for?
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Re: The Axe ID Thread
« Reply #20 on: May 11, 2016, 08:36:22 AM »
the 500 probably refers to how many grams. that makes it about 1.1 pounds. what does it weigh?

if it ways about a pound, i'd say that is for sure an indication of grams, which at least makes it european
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Re: The Axe ID Thread
« Reply #21 on: May 11, 2016, 05:02:01 PM »
Thanks guys!  I hope it is Euroupean, that's a lot better than HF lol!

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Re: The Axe ID Thread
« Reply #22 on: May 30, 2016, 11:43:25 PM »
I found one this weekend, marked "eclipse" I didn't get it but think I will.
anyone know anything about eclipse?

 If my memory is right I think those are a Montgomery Wards brand from back in the day. The script is very much like the "Lakeside" stamped axes. I have seen the Lakeside on the full size and cruisers and the Eclipse on hatchets. My experience with them has been nothing but positive.
 Did you find a bigger axe or cruiser with the an "Eclipse" stamp?