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    I'm in the beginning stages of restoring an old Craftsman axe and wondered if any of you guys know who made these older Craftsman axes? Thanks.

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    Check out this link - It should have what you're looking for. It lists Craftsman tools and their manufacturers, going way back.

    http://home.comcast.net/~alloy-artif...rly-tools.html

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    Thanks Ike. I've look over that site and can't find any info on the vintage axes. Perhaps I am missing it?

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    It was most likely the Fulton Tool Company. Sears used the brand name in their private labeling. There are links at the top of that site from Sears.com where they have archived old tool listings and as far as I know, they have the manufactures and makers too.

    Also - Here's another thread discussing the same.
    http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/showth...Craftsman-Axes

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    They were most likely made by many different companys , usually the lowest bidder on tools to Sears standards.

    Operator1975 can likely give a more definitive answer.
    I believe Mann, Kelly and collins all made axes at one time of another branded Craftsman.
    I would note that I have several Craftsman axes and hatchets and have never found one that was not fair to very good quality.

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    I really wish I had my fathers old Craftsman axe. He had it before I was born in 71. I remember it well. Don't know whatever happened to it.

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    I have one that my dad bought in 1938. Here is a picture . Attachment 90938
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bax 40 View Post
    They were most likely made by many different companys , usually the lowest bidder on tools to Sears standards.

    Operator1975 can likely give a more definitive answer.
    I believe Mann, Kelly and collins all made axes at one time of another branded Craftsman.
    I would note that I have several Craftsman axes and hatchets and have never found one that was not fair to very good quality.

    Just one mans experience of course!


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    thanks for the info. I have a Craftsman "Companion" hatchet that seemed to be of very good quality and steel. It holds an edge great. Never knew who made it. Stays very sharp.

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    Craftsman sourced their production to different axe companies over time. Hard to say who made what when.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loosearrow View Post
    thanks for the info. I have a Craftsman "Companion" hatchet that seemed to be of very good quality and steel. It holds an edge great. Never knew who made it. Stays very sharp.
    Companion is the brand name that replaced the Sears line in the 80's. They were mostly made in China and didn't carry the same lifetime warranty (some stipulations were available for a warranty). The line was discontinued in 2008 and replaced by the Evolv name. They carry this extra line of tools, marketed more toward homeowners and the occasional tool user. They're not bad tools, just not meant to be used constantly or in a professional setting.

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