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    Anything you can tell me about this axe is appreciated. Would the handle be original? What handle would you use ?


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    Not an expert by any means, but that handle seems way short for the head. Nice find though!
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    Handles like that were used mostly for wood-stove axes. Easier to split up the bit of wood with a short handle rather than a big bugger. Any marks on the sucker?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarthTaco View Post
    Handles like that were used mostly for wood-stove axes. Easier to split up the bit of wood with a short handle rather than a big bugger. Any marks on the sucker?
    No marks at all. To bad too. I was thinking about a Miners axe handle but with such a huge head I am thinking more conventional. I will find a smaller head for a miners axe configuration.

    I love the shape of this head. It's one of the best I've ever seen at the flea market. I paid $8.

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    If you've got any vinegar this qualifies for a soak in it. Got a fairly vintage shape to it and looks like the bit may be forge welded in. It could be a Miners axe but the handle lengths would be fairly similar to one another.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarthTaco View Post
    If you've got any vinegar this qualifies for a soak in it. Got a fairly vintage shape to it and looks like the bit may be forge welded in. It could be a Miners axe but the handle lengths would be fairly similar to one another.
    I just put it in vinegar. How many days soaking?

    I guess I may just put a nice 36" conventional handle in it. I love the shape and the slightly closed angle.

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    Depends on the weight. If it's anywhere around 3 lbs I'd say 28-32 is your best bet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarthTaco View Post
    Depends on the weight. If it's anywhere around 3 lbs I'd say 28-32 is your best bet.
    I didn't weigh it yet but I bet it's 6 lbs + easy. It is quite a bit heavier than my 5 lb craftsman.

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    Wowzer, that's quite the head. Yeah, 36 is a better bet. Depending on the level of crud on the head, it could range from 12 hours, to a day, to even a week to get it fully de-nastied.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarthTaco View Post
    Wowzer, that's quite the head. Yeah, 36 is a better bet. Depending on the level of crud on the head, it could range from 12 hours, to a day, to even a week to get it fully de-nastied.
    It has a very thin layer of rust and it looks like some tar on it. I will flip it over tomorrow evening and see how it looks.

    This has the least amount of rust of any of the big heads I bought at the flea market. It's in great shape.

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