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Hatchet job
« on: July 02, 2018, 06:00:04 PM »
Got this little hatchet from an estate sale. Has the typical nails hammered through the eye into the haft, haft splitting, and mushrooming on the poll but I'll dress it up.



Already did a vinegar soak.



Here's the best part...



My first Plumb! Is it a Boy Scout hatchet or is that something more specific? That is the only visible stamp or mark.
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Re: Hatchet job
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2018, 07:45:50 PM »
It looks very much like a Boy Scout hatchet but should have the BSA logo stamped on the other side from the Plumb name. 
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Re: Hatchet job
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2018, 09:20:17 PM »
Don't know if it's a Boy Scout hatchet, but that's a "rafting" pattern head.  Plumb made a lot of them from hatchet sizes to axe sizes.  Here's one I rehung a few years back.  OE also had one or two that he rehung.

 http://bladesandbushlore.com/index.php?topic=8716.msg163954#msg163954
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Re: Hatchet job
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2018, 10:00:17 PM »
That baby screamed PLUMB as soon as I saw the first photo!   I love the old Plumb axes and hatchets and I'll bet that one cleans up very nicely. :thumbsup:
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Re: Hatchet job
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2018, 06:03:04 AM »
Awesome grab Sarge!  That is a great axe head!  Do whatever you want with it of course but that head should be in the 1.5-1.75lb range.  I have mine on a 18.5" handle and it is a superb large hatchet/small axe.  Anything 16-24" would work very well.  It really comes down to what you like or how/where you want to carry it.  I wanted a two handed swinger that fit in a regular size pack.  This pattern chops well and splits beyond it's size.  It's a great all round small camp axe.   

It'll be just what you need for a catch and cook from the boat!   :thumbsup:

Here's my thread on the one I put together.  If you scroll to the bottom of the thread you'll see the pics after the final shaping I did on the handle. 

http://bladesandbushlore.com/index.php?topic=7876.0

Can't wait to see what you do to this one! 

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Re: Hatchet job
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2018, 08:49:16 AM »
I knew you guys could & would help. Thanks!

No BSA or any other markings so it's just a plain ol' Plumb. Haha

It had a 14" handle so I was thinking about that for the replacement ... but I do like the idea of a longer, two-hand handle and I already have a couple 12 & 14 hatchets. Something to think about.
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Re: Hatchet job
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2018, 10:29:46 PM »
Just ordered handle from House Handles for this Plumb ... finally. Also ordered one for a double bit head I've had for a while. Smaller eye - about 5/8" x 2 3/4" - and the only marking is "A17" in the center on one side. I know nothing else about it; it was an estate sale find.
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Re: Hatchet job
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2018, 09:03:37 AM »
This may be a bold statement, but I would wager that 93.7% of the tasks we bushlorists call on an an axe to perform could be easily accomplished with an axe of that size.  :chopwood:
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Re: Hatchet job
« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2018, 08:46:20 PM »
I finally hung the little Plumb and the double bit.


Easiest hang ever. I unwrapped the new handle, it fit perfectly snug, I drove it in the eye, and soaked it in linseed oil for 2 days.


The double bit required the usual fitting but turned out well, too.


Still don't know anything about the DB. This is the only mark on it.
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Re: Hatchet job
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2018, 09:59:37 AM »
Both beauties Sarge!  Nicely done sir.  What length handles did you go with on them?

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Re: Hatchet job
« Reply #10 on: September 07, 2018, 10:20:47 AM »
Lookin' good!
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Re: Hatchet job
« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2018, 12:53:01 PM »
Love those.
I have a double bit that is ready for a resurrection.
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Re: Hatchet job
« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2018, 07:29:51 PM »
Thanks guys.

12" on the Plumb and 32" on the DB.

Hey OE, I wish I'd gone with a little longer handle on the Plumb ... maybe next time.
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