Help on an axe ID

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    buttznchuntz Tinder Gatherer

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    Hey, I picked up a couple of axe heads from an antique store and will be keeping on as my primary use axe head and gifting the other.

    I wanted to see if anyone recognized the stamp on the unhandled michigin-looking head? I would be stoked to know who made it.

    Also, I got the plumb because it was in great-shape was a great deal, and I liked the geometry of the head. But I'm not very familiar with plumb. It looks like a rafting pattern maybe? It's the perfect weight for my backcountry use and I thought the poll looked great for driving wedges. Has anyone used a rafting pattern? Do you feel like the wider poll negatively impacted you when you got deeper in the cut?
     

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    Kelly W Love the Axe Supporter

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    You better keep the Plumb National or let me steal it from ya..Please. Not sure on the other yet.
     
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    The USA stamped one is a Woodings Verona.
     
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    buttznchuntz Tinder Gatherer

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    The plumb seems pretty great indeed. I have a friend/co-worker who is obsessed with those big-names and her b-day is coming up, I feel like it might mean more for her. And it's 3 1/4 pounds is just right for her.

    Also, the Woodings-Verona's metal felt as good as anything I've touched. It had it's cheeks oddly filed down in the past and I now feel attached to it after correcting that.
     
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    buttznchuntz Tinder Gatherer

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    Thank you so much! Now I wish I could find something to date it. I figure it's probably 80's from the condition. But thank you!
     
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    Kelly W Love the Axe Supporter

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    Is that a later stamp for WV? @garry3 Do you know the stamp under the USA?

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    I now see the wv.. learn something everyday
     
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    That Plumb is identical to the one my Grandad had
     
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    They seemed to be late comers to axe manufacturing but the company goes back to the late 1880's I think. At one time they were stamping a two digit year of manufacturing on their axes or at least most of the ones I see. I kind of think yours probably predates them simply because it looks like it has more geometry to it, not as flat cheeked, a little nicer in workmanship overall and it doesn't have the date stamp. I reserve the right to be wrong.;)
    Not mine just borrowed from the net.
    [​IMG]
     
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    That full size National is one helluva nice axe.
     
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    It would make a perfect companion to my all original Plumb National pattern hatchet...
     

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