Axe heads

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  1. Feedman

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    Those look awesome, Barney.
     
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  2. barney

    barney 12 pointer

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    Thanks!
     
  3. bigbonner

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    Where are you finding good handles or Are you making them?
    I need a good handle for my Bluegrass hatchet . It is 3.25 pounds and I want a long handle , maybe 24" long .
    I am wanting to use this for driving wedges when I cut logs.
    Blade is 5.5" wide and total length is 7"
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  4. muddhunter

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    Never knew of such a thing. Are they functional at all or just for demo type purposes. Hard to imagine you’d get much chopped up with those even if you were hard up for an edge to use.
     
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  5. barney

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    They are fully functional. Even a little axe is better at chopping and splitting than a big knife. I'd definitely want some type of axe in any survival situation, and at less than a pound these would work well in a light backpack or even a tackle box.
     
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  6. barney

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    That's a dandy hewing hatchet!
    For a longer handle you would probably have to make your own, or work a straight single bit handle down to fit the eye. It's been hard to find decent handles for years, and now it's nearly impossible.

    I generally keep a stack of Hickory staves on hand at all times for handles. But after making those little handles the other day it looks like I need to go cut a tree before the sap comes up to replenish my stock.
     
  7. muddhunter

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    I be damned. Never would have guessed that. I need to do some research into those little cuties. Never knew they existed before today.
     
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  8. JR in KY

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    Well. He's impressed me Again.
     
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  9. Brody

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    Those little axs made me think of a buddy that collects tiny anvils, pretty cool.
     
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  10. redjackson

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    Cleaned out the tool shed cabinet-o-broken tools and was cleaning them up today in the shop. Collins any count?
     
  11. KYBOY

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    Love me some axes.
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  12. barney

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    All of the american axe companies made great axes. They all have a rich and interesting but somewhat sketchy at times history of how they got to point they were dating back to the middle 1800's at least.

    The production of the great, and iconic high centerline heads had basically all ended by the 70's due to the chainsaw and lowered demand for the product. The best of the best axes were produced from the beginning of the 19th century through the 1960's all fueled by competition for market share. I would call Kelly, Collins, and Plumb the big 3 axe companies, though other smaller companies made great axes too. All of those companies including brand names were gone by the 80's. They were bought by bigger companies and corporations who changed production and marketing to meet a different demand. Quality dropped drastically at that point too.

    I'm almost 100% certain your Collins axe head dates to 1966-1968 because of the unique bevels that were only made in those years. That means your Collins head is a great one. In 1966 Mann Edge tool Co bought the Collins company to add to other smaller companies they had acquired earlier and started production of axes under the Collins name and various brands. The Mann Co added the unique bevels (possibly a Collins patent which Mann now owned) but also kept the quality up even with demand for axes dropping.

    In the next few years that followed, inorder to compete in the different market of the times, production and marketing strategy changed along with the quality and less labor intensive mass production of axes geared towards the homeowner and outdoors enthusiast. These axes lacked the high centerline of the older heads in favor of flat cheeks which were faster to mass produce. Mann also produced the highly collectable Norlund brand during this time. The mass produced Norlunds were available in a blister package in every department store and bait shop for only a few bucks, while the Collins branded axe line were in axe displays in hardware stores across the nation for only a few bucks.
     
  13. redjackson

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    I know its been said before but @barney for president! Thanks for the great info and the earlier “axe to grind” video.
     
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  14. aaronc

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    One of my favorite all time pics on this board,...ever.
     
  15. aaronc

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    Strong work Barn,..as always. I have a few smaller heads but not many and I don't think that small. My vocabulary would call those smallest you have a true "salesman sample"...but that is just me. I'll snap a pic of a smally or 2 tomorrow...I think at least one of mine is a Germantown...New York maybe.
     
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