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Offline Plumber

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Grandma's True Temper Axe
« on: May 15, 2020, 09:42:17 PM »
My Grandparents worked in a shipyard during the war, and Grandma had a little money to spend. She bought the lot next to their house, and an axe to clear the brush. In 1977 Grandpa retired, and they moved to Florida, and Grandma gave the axe to me. It is stamped,
 "True Temper"
 "Kelly Works" 


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Re: Grandma's True Temper Axe
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2020, 07:30:02 PM »
Grandma's old axe got an instant "patina". ??? I mixed the cold blue with water, and applied to the axe head. It's hard to see the gray color, but it doesn't look bad for a working axe. It came out a little blotchy, but I think it will age well. (better than this old guy)
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Re: Grandma's True Temper Axe
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2020, 07:27:18 PM »
I backed out ot the driveway this morning, and there was a little 18" tree across the road. I got out Grandma's old axe, and started taking off limbs. It went through up to 2" limbs with one easy stroke. It was the first time I used it since I sharpened it. When the city crew showed up, I let them take over, and I watched.
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Offline Alan R McDaniel Jr

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Re: Grandma's True Temper Axe
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2020, 08:04:20 PM »
It appears that Grandma put an edge on it few times too.

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Re: Grandma's True Temper Axe
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2020, 07:55:56 PM »
More than a few times, I'm thinking.  ;)
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Re: Grandma's True Temper Axe
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2020, 12:54:51 PM »
Nice one.  Pretty useful around my place too.
A man who carries a cat by the tail learns  something he can learn in no other way. 
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