Old Axe "Blue Book"?

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  1. Oregon Jim

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    I found a nice PLUMB 3.2 double bit today at a local antique shop (head only) and started looking for a value but can't seem to find anything definitive like a "Gun Blue Book" online. Is there a source for such valuation?

    Looking at ebay, the price is all over the board.

    They wanted $20.00 for it but seemed a little high to me. I'd like to restore one for a camp axe so the double bit really isn't the one for me, but it got me thinking about how to know a deal when I see on in the future.

    Got any sources for valuation?
     
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    Yeah, prices are all over the map, huh? Free market and caveat emptor.

    I've been checking my finds online: eBay and elsewhere, but factoring in variables of condition, etc.

    I'd be surprised if there was some "authority" on this.
     
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    If anyone has resources for finding the history and era marking for brands I'd appreciate some linkage also.

    http://yesteryearstools.com/ is good but does not get as specific to mark/stamp as I would like.
     
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    The plumb 3.2 is a 3 1/2 pound head, I believe the 2 means 2 quarters of a pound and if it is a real good head, 20 bucks on it would be a good price if its prettymuch all there and in good shape, I get most of mine at yard sales for less but thats here in Arkansas, I dont know of any Reference for prices and it would be hard to quantfy as condition and rareity figure into it.

    Good luck.


    Larry
     
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    Thanks Larry, I'm thinking I will get it next time I stop in if it's still there. It was in excellent condition and had not been worked on from what I could see but was not all rusty either.

    I did notice it had the thick/thin sides and wondered how they were easily identified in the field for the user? Did they use to paint one side or mark one side of the handle?
     
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    Many of the experienced loggers would rasp a flat edge on the end swell of the handle on either the thin or the thicker side of the bit (your choice). That way they could tell by a quick feel of the end of the handle which edge they were using without having to look at the head. A small flat on the end of the haft would not effect the handling of the haft at all.

    Tom
     
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    That makes sense and what I suspected, thanks for the info! Funny that I've lived in logging country all my life and just now am interested in the history... must be getting wiser in my older age. :) It's like being in BSA again learning skills and knowledge in this area.
     
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    Just a little warning!!
    This axe thing can get outa hand pretty danged quick, I aint never seen one I did not want!!


    Larry
     
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    LOL, I can feel myself fighting the urge already. I'm reading "An Ax to Grind" as I type this.:44:
     
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    Larry ............let's save this soul while we can.........
     
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    Too late! I found this link ( http://househandle.com/ ) in another thread and with the new knowledge from "An Ax to Grind" I'm definitely dangerous. muhahahaha!
     
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    You are a goner now, only the worst of us have found house handle, me and the Geezer been over there a couple times!:58:

    Every axe nut dreams of a endless supply of hafts and House is it, good luck!

    BTW the is no AA for Axe nuts!

    Larry
     
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    Before you know it you'll be a member of the axe mob. Hope you picked up that Plumb...A nice Plumb double bit is still a good deal for $20.

    Tom
     
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    Just so happens I was driving by the place again today and it followed me home. Soaking in Vinegar now. :44:
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    Welcome to the club

    OJ
    I think you might be hooked
     
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    Yeah, I told the wife about the "Ax Mob" patch and what it meant and she laughed. She said I was a "Bush-Nerd" because only such a person would say "look I took this old ax and made it new again" and know others that thought it was a cool enough idea to make "colors" for the club. LOL
     
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    Heres what a almost new Plumb looks like, got it yard saleing, still has some of the sticker on the handle too.

    Yours looks totally intacct, no root grubbing done with it.

    Larry
     
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    Nice find!
     
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    excellent info. thanks.
     

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