Some hatchets.

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  1. NevadaBlue

    NevadaBlue Graybeard Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    I have been eyeballing what I thought was a carpenter's hatchet, sticking out of the porch post on our back deck. It was here when we bought the place in August. I finally went out and retrieved it for further study. I had been considering re-handling it but have changed my mind I think. It has red epoxy instead of a wedge so I thought... Plumb? Looked and looked and found no markings. Then I found a pic on the forum that showed me where to look. Some sanding of the rust finally uncovered a very faint PLUMB. Hooah!

    That made me go out and get my boy scout hatchet that I got new in 1960. It has been doing duty in the tractor tool box for quite a while. But it is still in decent shape. My hatchet doesn't have the Boy Scout logo though. My dad was a buyer for a hardware wholesaler, (Richards and Conover) and he bought me the same hatchet out of stock there. I will have to post pics of my Rich Con 100 year anniversary axes sometime. I have a single and double bit version of those. (1957 was the 100th anniversary of the company)

    Then while walking the dawg while ago, I spied another hatchet head sticking out of a pile of stuff the previous owner left. It is a Collins Red Seal hewing hatchet the best I can tell. Oh, the Plumb advertising seems to tell me that the one I thought was a carpenter's hatchet is a Car Maker's Hatchet. Right now, it is drinking oil like a fish. I do want to make a custom handle for the hewing hatchet and just restore the other two to working condition.

    The iron as it sits now...

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  2. MrFixIt

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    Wow, nice finds!
     
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    I have always been fond of hatchets since I was young. Nice
     
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    The one on the left looks like a Riggers hatchet with a bit of wear on the toe. That hewing hatchet head looks to be in great shape, really nice find there. And your old Plumb scout hatchet has an original handle in good shape. Nice set of hatchets you've got yourself there.
     
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    Those would look great cleaned up.
     
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    Great hatchets! Keep us updated on the progress.
    The hewing hatchet I have is exactly the same shape. I used the bottom end of a full sized axe handle for mine. I like the curve and it fits my hand well. It is my favorite hatchet.
     
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    IMG_5598.JPG IMG_5197.JPG I just acquired a broad hatchet with a claw on the back for a couple bucks. Needs a new handle. My new favorite. Has CRUSO stamped on the head. Not a very popular manufacturer and I cant find much information.
    This is a picture of my Boy Scout Plumb. It had bolts in the head for wedges. I put a longer handle on it to make it a more "multipurpose" axe. I can definitely get two hands on it now. I shaped the handle that I got from house handle Co with a 14" nicholson rasp I picked up at a garage sale for 3 bucks.
     
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  8. NevadaBlue

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    Thanks for the idea. I found a fireman's axe in the fence. The handle is bad in the eye of the head, but I may be able to use part of the handle for the hewing hatchet.
     
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    I bought an axe handle today. I can make it work for the hewing hatchet, but it will be a straight handle when I cut it off. I think it will be OK. I cleaned up the eye and started testing the handle. It is stuck in about half way here.

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    I wonder if it would be reasonable to leave the handle full length? It says it is a ‘boy’s axe’ handle.

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    Good looking combo!
    Personally, I think that head looks about the right size for the handle full length, ie the proportions are right visually.

    But I'd also say the deciding factor is how she swings for You... hang it and try it, if ya don't like it, then start whacking it off shorter.
     
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    It looks like you could seat it down far enough to lop off 2" making it a 26" haft, which might feel nice.
    It'll look cool, anyway!
     
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    I don’t see why not. I’d work the handle down in the back where it juts out and then thin the whole handle. It would make for an interesting looking axe.
     
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    Cruso was a line of axes carried by Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Co. A slightly more affordable option to their premium line of axes.
     
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    Cool hatchets. Council sells a small broad axe head on a boys axe handle that's pretty sweet. Looks like you have the makings of one right there.
     
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    Good looking hatchets. Got any pictures of the fire axe?
     

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