Unmarked Plumbs?

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  1. Drop Cord

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    Has anyone run across any unmarked Plumb axes? I picked up this head online and the seller had it listed as plumb mainly due to the red epoxy (permabond) in the eye. I can't say I've ever run across a plumb that wasn't stamped but the pattern appeared plumb like to me and for $17 total shipped I figured it was probably worth it either way.

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    Plumb did manufacture for other distributors, and marked their tools accordingly. Some of those would have been unstamped with a paper label.

    Yesteryears Tools has some great info on Plumb markings.
     
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    There were others who copied Plumb's epoxy eye, the Chinese Diamond hatchet is one such head that I've seen.
     
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    I have a plumb that's not stamped, but still a readable sticker. It's a really nicely finished high centerline dayton.

    Another boys axe I suspect is, it's a red handle with permabond but theres no stamp or sticker. It's pretty rough and flat cheeks.
     
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    I have a hatchet that I think is a paper label Plumb. I found it in the basement and think my wife brought it home when helping her elderly mother clean out to move. The head was black with remnants of paper label, red epoxy in eye, and some reddish color remaining on the handle. It has the nail puller notch, high centerline, and seemed pretty hard when sharpening.
     
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    @Muleman77, I suspect the boys axe is a Plumb as I was gifted a rough, flat-cheeked, "no-name" that had a FAINT Plumb stamp on it. This bugger's as good as unmarked.
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    I picked up an unmarked boys axe that Im pretty sure is an unmarked Plumb. It has flatter cheeks than some of my marked Plumbs. It has red epoxy in the eye, and the typical red Plumb handle. I figured it was a later manufacture paper label axe.
     
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    I got the epoxy out of the eye... finally. Man, that stuff means business. Also the file barely scratches at this thing. Really hard steel. Might have found a winner
     
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    If it is a Plumb I found a possible candidate for the make/age. It looks very similar to this paper label model made after Plumb was bought by Cooper in 1981. Figuring out the history of these things is half the fun of owning them.

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    The results. The eye had quite the taper to it. Much wider up top.

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    This is a good picture, of the stickered head I mentioned above. The one I have, is only about 1/3 intact. You can tell its the same all American label though.
     

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