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  • Edawg
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    By the way, I have a Plumb hewing hatchet from the 80's with the epoxy hafting. If this turns into a "show me your axes" picture and story thread, that
    's fine by me!

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  • Edawg
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    Nice axes, Robin and alsg. Alsg, looks like yours has been used pretty hard, maybe chopping roots? (don't we all have an axe for that?). I would take the 3 way compromise route-preserve/restore/use it, which would reflect its value, condition, and sentimental value. Like you said- knock off the loose paint and the oil the handle, sharpen the bit, keep off rust with an occasional oiling, and use it!

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  • Robin
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    Originally posted by alsg View Post
    Initially I could see Robin's photos in this post. Not any more.

    I'm note sure if Google Photos is all that reliable to share pics anymore.

    Here are the pics

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  • alsg
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    Initially I could see Robin's photos in this post. Not any more.

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  • Canotrouge
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    Same here Robin

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  • Grandpa Paddler
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    [QUOTE=Robin;n78618]I'm not sure where I got this Plumb but I use it to help out when cutting firewood. Not that I ever pinched a bar, but in case I do I'm told it's good to have an ax handy. Not sure of the weight but it's a 27" handle. I ground the head back to square.



    Robin,
    Can't see the photos.
    Jon
    Last edited by Robin; 03-25-2018, 06:51 AM.

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  • Robin
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    I'm not sure where I got this Plumb but I use it to help out when cutting firewood. Not that I ever pinched a bar, but in case I do I'm told it's good to have an ax handy. Not sure of the weight but it's a 27" handle. I ground the head back to square.

    Last edited by Robin; 03-25-2018, 06:52 AM.

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  • Boreal Birch
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    I wonder now, "What were the poor people's children doing for fun?" We were so wealthy back in those days that we could save those great memories for the future. I bet you forgot to mention smoking those corn silk cigarettes or maybe you experimented with Kinnikinnick the traditional Native American smoke in a pipe like we did.
    One of the neighbor farm boys found a ragged tarp that had blown off it's load into the ditch. We moved that tarp around to different "forts" in a nomadic fashion depending on the season, with primitive tump line, each kid trying to outdo the others in how far we could portage a that heavy tarp. Wonderful memories of speared pike, suckers & sheepshead dinners baked on a plank. In season we feasted on roasted sweet corn. In the Autumn we hunted grouse with single shot .22's. Steven's Favorite being the rifle we all coveted.

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  • Jim Dodd
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    BB brought back some Great memories for me !
    As a kid in the early 60's, my best friend and I built a "Fort", on some, near by vacant land that was over grown with Ash.
    We each "Borrowed" our Dad's hand axes. I Loved that small hatchet ! I could easily fell a 6" Sapling !
    We used Stripped bark from the Ash, for lashings. Stored Stolen green apples in the Fort. Cooked Cambells soup in a Folgers Coffee can, and Fried up our first Barn Pigeon, in bacon grease.
    The pigeon was harvested with our Daisy pump BB guns. All on a Sterno Stove !

    That was Camping !

    Jim

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  • OCDave
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    With birhday money from my grandparents, I bought a myself a small Plumb hand hatchet at the local Coast to Coast iwhen I was 12 or 13 (Late 70's ). I am pretty sure it would have been on the cheap end of the spectrum. I still have it but never really loved it.

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  • Boreal Birch
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    My father bought me a double bit Plumb cruisers axe of that same vintage, when I was in the sixth grade. It was a great axe, l limbed many cords of trees with it. Those older axes were well made as chain saws were relatively new back then and were very heavy, axes were still used a lot in the logging industry. I also built some wonderful log "Forts" with it too. My first camping & canoe trips were taken with that axe, I didn't know about single bits until I was older. I would still be using it, but it was lost, when my childhood home burned down about twenty-five years ago. A friend of the family dug a big hole with his D-8 cat, shoved the burnt husk of the house in the hole, then covered it with the dirt from the hole. There is a nice stand of white spruce growing there now.

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  • Iskweo
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    I would use that baby in a heartbeat. Good size for tripping. I have cleaned up way worse ones than that.

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  • Canotrouge
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    To answers a few question, yes I would bring that on a trip but wouldn't let any one use it... Second if the head and the handle are solidly attached together then I would leave it. Regarding the heat treatment, axe are usually done that way, that is why you should not use an axe as a sledge it could deform the eye and then get the head loose. Look like a good axe!

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  • Grandpa Paddler
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    I rec'd a Plumb hand ax for Xmas when I was 16. Good balance,easily packable and held an edge. 20 yrs later it disappeared during a work related move. United Van Lines wouldn't replace it because it wasn't specifically listed on the item inventory. Still fondly remember that little ax. .

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  • Odyssey
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    Yeah I'd be careful bringing a pink axe on group trips.

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