Ocean jasper is a type of jasper from Madagascar, just what Ancient Ocean jasper is I don't know. It looks like a jasper that isn't nice enough for cabochons.
Far as I can tell there isn't much difference between the Agates, Jaspers and petrified woods. I use them as a post finisher for razors...
The stone on that grinder is very different than what is commonly found on the bigger treadle grinders. Most of those came from Ohio and were called Berea grit.
What do you think of that stone?
The Swedish makers actually did some pretty nice stuff back in the day, AB Sater particularly comes to mind. They had to compete in the American market. I'm guessing it was in the sixties and seventy's that things really went to crap, as it did here too.
It's a "Woodslasher". Maybe a 2 1/4 lb boys axe? It's not particularly valuable but it's a pretty nice head to be cutting up. The Woodslasher was their economy line but still a a fine axe with nice geometry that is no longer available today. It would make a very nice user and boys axes are very...
As always I have more questions than answers. :(
It's a difficult question for me to determine where one pattern leaves off and another begins. We have not brought up the boarding axe yet. Perhaps it is the parent to these other patterns?
The first hatchet is really interesting. I suspect a hardened poll due to lack of mushrooming and the small chipping. Presbrey probably learned of the hardened poll when he tried to press his name into it. It is a later all steel axe.
Tomahawks were a status symbol among native Americans (and others as well), deadly for sure but still a status symbol. I just don't believe anyone used a pipehawk to chop wood.
I suppose the differences between an axe and a tomahawk could be open for debate.
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You can't possibly know what you will like until you try them and gain some skill in their use. Many different grinds and configurations out there and for a reason, we don't all like the same thing.
Personally I don't fool with new razors as I can pick up vintage ones much cheaper. Vintage...
I don't know what a guided system would have to offer anyone that can free hand?
It's really not that hard and the skill will follow you for the rest of your life. I think I could set anyone down that really wanted to learn and have them doing pretty well in about fifteen minutes.