View Full Version : Plumb Boy Scout Hatchet

05-27-2011, 01:46 PM
I was visiting my grandmother the other day and she wanted me to have some thing that belonged to her and her parents. In one of the boxes was her fathers old boy scout hatchet, a Plumb. I don't know much about it except it is from before WWII. I'm gonna do a restoration on it and I'll update with pics when I do. Till then here are some pics of it in it's current state:






05-27-2011, 01:51 PM
be sure to check out the search function - there's some very talented axe-restorers on here that have posted some fantastic resto's - could give ya some different ideas as to what path to take.

congrats on your piece of family history!

05-27-2011, 04:33 PM
From the way it looks in the photos I don't think I would reburb. It's in good shape now; just has the scratches and wear marks your grand-dad put on it. Kinda gives it some of his personal character if you know what I mean.

Black Forest
05-27-2011, 04:37 PM
Very nice piece of family history there my friend. It does look in good shape, shouldn't take much to restore that one.

05-27-2011, 04:53 PM
This hatchet was definitively taken care of, and then just stored away for years. The head is a lil loose, and im not sure how good 100 year old handle wood is. I don't wanna do to much, like Santaman said, the scratches give it character. I'm planning to clean it up, give it a nice sharpening and rehang it.

05-27-2011, 04:58 PM
You have some great family history there...let us see how it cleans up!

05-27-2011, 06:01 PM
That's a fantastic little axe it's value only magnified by the fact it was your Grand-fathers. From the pics the head looks to be in good shape. A good cleaning and sharpening seems to be in order. I suggest you go out of your way to preserve the original haft if possible. Unless the haft is dry rotten, I bet it's harder than my head. (quite hard). I might recommend you wash the whole thing off with hot water and soap and take another look at it after it dries. Maybe do that twice. That is a fine example and if it were me I would proceed thru it's restoration carefully. You might be surprised how little restoration it actually needs.

05-27-2011, 06:26 PM
Hey, if you can, post a pic of the eye.

05-27-2011, 08:10 PM
nice family treasure you inherited

05-27-2011, 08:59 PM
I would try to just clean it up and save the handle if you could that way it is as original as possible.

06-01-2011, 10:41 AM
Hey, if you can, post a pic of the eye.

Here you go. I'm gonna start the restoring this week, will keep it all original. The head has actually tightened up being in Georgia for a couple weeks (it was previously stored in New Mexico), good ole summer humidity.
(FYI thats my wife's painted toe, if someone was wondering, she took the pic for me)

06-02-2011, 11:29 AM
here is round one of cleaning this lil guy up.


06-02-2011, 11:45 AM
That is definitely a keeper!!!!

Bax 40
06-02-2011, 12:21 PM
That is a outstanding good shape for a really good hatchet, you have done enough , just use it and be glad you have it, any new ax that would match that quality would cost a arm and a leg today.


06-02-2011, 12:28 PM
That is a beautiful little hatchet you have there....great job on the cleanup:dblthumb:

06-02-2011, 01:12 PM
Very cool! One question...is that a wood cross wedge?


06-02-2011, 03:07 PM
Very cool! One question...is that a wood cross wedge?


YES! I thought it was metal until I cleaned it up, I've never seen that before. Sill gotta do a touch more fancying up, then a sharpening, and then some chop'n!

06-03-2011, 11:32 AM
YES! I thought it was metal until I cleaned it up, I've never seen that before. Sill gotta do a touch more fancying up, then a sharpening, and then some chop'n!

I haven't either. That's pretty cool. It makes good sense to me. If you like to soak your head in linseed oil, then even your cross wedge should get some swelling.

Anyway, that is definitely a keeper. I don't think most tools that have been in the family that long have managed to avoid miniature destroyers (kids). Congrats and well done!