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  1. t4halo

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    A crying shame

    I stopped at a barn sale a couple months ago looking for the usual things guys look for, knives, guns, camping gear, the essentials. I asked for these items and the fella said nothing he was getting rid of so I asked about old axes and he said he had one I could have. He went to the corner of his shop and pulled out an old rusty axe with a broken haft and was laughing when he got back to me. He said the handle was custom carved.
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    I laughed, we talked for a while and I threw the axe in the back of the truck and left. I had the axe in the basement and never really checked it out to close. The head was really rusty so I tossed it in some vinegar with a couple of others to see if I could clean them up some. When I pulled it out I noticed there was a pretty cool label embossed on it.
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    I've been trying to clean it up a little but don't know how well it will turn out. I believe it is a Kelly and as you can see it says "Fulton Clipper...Hand Made, True Temper, Oil Honed. It is really to bad it is pitted this bad. After a little sanding and soaking it in Kroil it looks a little better but not much.
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    looks good to go sharpen it use it
     
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    Nice find ! That's a user for sure!
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    I wouldnt worry to much about the pitting. That thing is probably worth a bit of cashola. Those axes with deep embossing arent to easy to come by, and that one seems to be pretty strong. Hopefully someone will chime in with a little more information on the axe's date.
     
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    That's a purdy little axe like those old etched ones
     
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    I think true temper started about 1947, have heard some before that too .
     
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    In this case I'd be surprised if "True Temper" means the company of the same name, and is rather professing the axe to have been properly heat treated. :)
     
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    You are right it is not the same company or connected. Some of the lines of axes that we associate Kelly with came from other manufacturers that they bought out. Not this one.

    The Fulton axe was a Sears and Roebuck brand, Sears manufactured and marketed them.

    OP, that etch is not to bad. Probably worth more to a collecter than a user.
     
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    I stand corrected at some point Kelly must have aquired the rights to Fulton, they manufactured that axe apparently.
     
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    Wow! That was a mess, Sears manufactured there own axes, branded fulton. But there was not really a Fulton axe company, so any manufacturer could make tools for sears under the Fulton brand.
     
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    I'll continue to clean her up. I've never restored an axe so this could be interesting. I like the fact that there isn't a lot of info on this one.

    T4
     
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    Yesteryear tools, shows that etch and contributes it to Kelly. Its not a rare etch or a one of a kind. Its well documented and would bring really good $.
     
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    thanks, I had no idea. just thought it was an old axe.

    T4
     
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    This is a 1912 Sears and Roebuck catolog. It was not a cheap axe.
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    I have an axe that was bought new in the the late 30's by My uncle it has never left my family . It is a true temper At that time they were made in Charleston W.V. My uncle work in a feedstore/gristmill in Lincoln co W.V.
     
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    Garry, that is very cool. Thanks

    T4
     
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    Somewhere between $120-172 in fact, according to Measuring Worth (using labor value of a commodity product.)
     
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    That axe is ultra rare and coveted. The guy basically gave you $400 or more right there depending on the condition.
     
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    Sears didn't actually manufacture their own axes, Fulton Tool Co of Fulton Canal, OH did. That's why they were called Fulton... imagine that! :). Kelly etched some of the Fulton axes for the more elaborate designs but Fulton forged their own tools.
     
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    Nope, they only sold that axe.
     
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    Yesteryear's Tools is unfortunately wrong about that one. It's forged by Fulton Tool Co. of Fulton Canal, OH.
     

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