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    Reti Kukri Info

    Yes, the Reti model is made from worn files. "Reti" is Nepalese for "file". I've read that file steel is usually something like W1 or W2, high carbon (around 1%), with maybe some added vanadium. A related thread: https://www.bladeforums.com/threads/kumar-reti-testing.1343038/
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    It followed me home (Part 2)

    Dictionnaire Le Dictionnaire Cordial comporte plus de 120 000 entrées.. Épaule-de-mouton Nom féminin singulier en technologie, hache dont le fer à la forme d'une épaule de mouton https://www.universalis.fr/dictionnaire/epaule-de-mouton/ translated definition below: Dictionary The Cordial...
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    Gransfors Bruks size comparison

    The photos need to be first uploaded to a hosting site, like imgur (free) or others, to get URL links to the photos, which are inserted into your forum reply.
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    J.UNDERHILL D.SIMMONS Broad Axe

    A catalog from 1897 describes some pitfalls of using solid tool steel for axes (specifically "hatchets and hand axes"), and says "the present method" uses mild steel for the body and tool steel for the bit and poll. However, the downside of "the present method" is that tool steel and mild steel...
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    J.UNDERHILL D.SIMMONS Broad Axe

    Interesting that the D. Simmons & Co brand of broad axes are still shown in this June 1905 list of prices for hardware stores: Hardware, Vol. 31, June 10, 1905, page 95
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    J.UNDERHILL D.SIMMONS Broad Axe

    From 1872, this article in Scientific American describes the axe-making process at "one of the largest ax manufactories in the country", that of Weed & Becker Co. (which took over after D. Simmons died in 1861). The axes are said to be made from iron and steel, with the iron bodies being cast in...
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    Gurkha Khukri Cigar Box Guitar Build

    Thanks for the updates, and kudos for completing it. Talk about persistence, that project really snowballed. Are you practicing songs like Voodoo Child?
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    J.UNDERHILL D.SIMMONS Broad Axe

    This catalog, said to be from 1873, has "Cast Steel Broad Axes" (whatever that means exactly) from D. Simmons & Co. It looks like the broad axe in question is their "New York" pattern. https://archive.org/details/DSimmonsAndCo1873/page/n1
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    It followed me home (Part 2)

    "Moulis" doesn't mean windmills (that would be moulins...), here it looks like a surname, and the name of a company now run by the widow (similar to how Veuve Clicquot champagne was named for the widow (Veuve) after her husband François Clicquot died. [Wikipedia] "Taillanderie" is what this...
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    It followed me home (Part 2)

    FWIW, I came up with this in an earlier thread, which could be related: ------------------- Might be from here: Forge - Taillanderie Veuve MOULIS (at Mondarre, near Negrepelisse)
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    Hytest Forester or Challenger?

    The Foresters were originally red, so that's one clue.
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    Off Topic The Hand Tool thread

    Some new vise kits available today use "hard maple".
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    Kukur Tihar Specail for 11/6 -- Pix and bargains

    The temptation is too great... Email sent for this one:
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    J.UNDERHILL D.SIMMONS Broad Axe

    Now I'm confused. I had the impression that a "cast steel" stamp could mean that the bit is made of cast steel, within an iron body. From an earlier thread: 300Six wrote: "...perhaps we can get back onto the meaning of "cast steel" within the context of a late 1800s stamp. An antique axe that...
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    J.UNDERHILL D.SIMMONS Broad Axe

    Jesse's son H.R. had a shop for manufacturing edge tools in Derry until about 1888, according to Biographical Review: This Volume Contains Biographical Sketches of the Leading Citizens of Hampshire County, Massachusetts, Volume 1, 1895
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    J.UNDERHILL D.SIMMONS Broad Axe

    Well, as I speculated earlier, since Jesse's son H.R. continued making edge tools after 1860 then perhaps he continued using the J. Underhill stamp, since it was a recognized brand? (This type of thing seems to have happened a lot in the histories of the various axe companies.) And the book...
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    J.UNDERHILL D.SIMMONS Broad Axe

    Some more details, the "J" in the "J. Underwood" might have been referring to either Jesse or his brother Jay (both being sons of Josiah, who died in 1822). Jay and Jesse went to Boston in 1822 to work for a Mr. Faxon, and the brothers took over the shop when Faxon died in 1824. They returned to...
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    J.UNDERHILL D.SIMMONS Broad Axe

    According to this book from 1873, both the "D. Simmons" and "D. Simmons & Co." marks were still being used after Simmons died. page 43: "Mr. [Daniel] Simmons died in 1861, when the present [as of 1873] firm of Weed & Becker became the sole proprietors [Weed, Becker & Co.] page 45: "The axes of...
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    Double Headed Axe w/ Curved Handle ID Required

    Without a paid membership at Bladeforums, you'd have to first upload the photo to a free hosting site (like imgur, etc.) and then copy the URL link to the image and paste it here.
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    J.UNDERHILL D.SIMMONS Broad Axe

    My guess is based on (1) the reasoning that a company with more widespread marketing efforts could source some of its product line from a regional company that otherwise isn't distributing that far (a modern example from Italy is how Falci used to source some axes from Rinaldi, before Rinaldi...
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