russian axes

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  1. randyt

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    I've been wanting to pick up a russian axe ever since Happy People, who wouldn't after watching that lol.
    Harry Epstein had heads for sale for the longest time but the economy was bad and I didn't buy any, things were to tight. Anyhoo the economy improved and Harry had sold out due to Happy People. So I searched one out on ebay, paid a bunch of money for it, it came from Poland and is a soviet made axe.

    Then I get a flyer form Coleman's surplus. They have russian axes fro 29.95 each so I order two. The one from poland is stamped 1972, the ones from coleman are stamped 1982.

    anyhoo here they are for comparison sake , the one on the right is from Poland, the one on the left is from colemans.

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    Oh that's cool. Might just add one to my little collection. Both look neat. The Polish one looks a tad beefier. Are the weights marked?
     
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    no weights marked that I can tell.
     
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    I like that Polish axe! Looks heavier than the one from Colemans. Can you post a photo looking down on both from the top?

    Was that the only axe like that for sale on that Ebay site?
     
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    I'll get a photo looking down. there's a few like the polish axe on ebay, the axe shipped from poland but is suppose to be russian.
     
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    her's some top view photos


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    It appears that Coleman's is almost local to me. They aren't local enough to drive there rather than pay shipping, so UPS will be delivering.
     
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    Mine was delivered yesterday. It weighs right at 4# on the 27" handle. The cutting edge is 5.97" long, and its 7.23" poll to cutting edge. The poll is 1.23" x 2.38" , the eye is 1.08" wide x 2.05" long, with the poll surface nearly flat. There doesn't appear to be any hourglass inside the eye. The haft was made from a piece of 1" flat board, and I can see light around the half in the eye, so not well fitted. The wood looks to be hickory rather than the beech, birch, or ash I would have expected, so makes me think the heads were imported and(poorly) hafted here. Its dated 1982, definitely forged rather than cast, painted black except for 1" on the edge side that remains white but coated with wax. I haven't scraped the wax off or checked to see if a file bites or skates, but the thin blade screams chopper rather than splitter.

    edit: I scraped the wax off the unpainted blade and put a file to it today. It is hard since the file needed some encouragement to bite.
     
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    Found these Ex-Finnish Defence Forces / ex-Soviet Armed Forces axes when going through my storage.

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