Looks awesome Jake! It's times like this where I really lament how far most of us live from each other. Especially you though! And Bernie.
What fun it would be for a few of us to spend a couple weekends building with you, talking axes in the evenings.
Your project looks awesome!
What species is your wedge?
Is your handle hickory?
Early on I had a few back out and it was because the wedge was too hard and the kerf wasn't wide enough.
Now I use yellow and/or white birch or southern yellow poplar. (That's what you buy at a hardware store) I rip them all to 3/8" thick...
People who run their mouth when everyone would be better served if they kept it shut are my least favorite. If you haven't anything positive to add, why not keep it to yourself.
Your last sentence demonstrates a complete and utter ignorance on your behalf. Not to mention belittling the OP who...
Unfortunately I do not recognize any of the stamp though.
I think the one @A17 Is remembering is one I have that is stamped
M. H. CO. 08
Nearest I can figure out that was an abbreviation Marshal Wells Hardware used.
But I'm drawing a blank on F.H. Co.
I missed this comment before making my post. See the Bloods in my above post. You'll likely never see others like them!
But again even narrowed a little bit, it's still a very broad question. But a fun one. 😁
This is such a tough question to answer as has been said! The rarest is one we don't know about, naturally.
I think the rarest American axe pattern is probably, maybe, the Hoosier. Though there are other patterns I have never seen an example of, so the statement seems empty. See? Lol.
Ahh, I see!
I've only got one anvil and it was a gift from my father in law. Plus it's got a broken horn. About 2" of the tip is missing.
Are anvils the only thing you'd be interested in trading for?
My dream axe is a connie with the H&B diamond etch. Have you seen that before? There's a guy...
Great scores man! I'm a Maine collector,who lives in Maine. Any chance you'd sell or trade that H&B? I have a wedge pattern from them stamped W Waterville, but it's pretty beat up. That's a clean example!
Somebody used a steel cross wedge. (As if that isn't obvious)
So I clamped it down low, spread it and glued it.
Then shaped a filler to fill the cross wedge space. This cannot spread it at all, but must totally fill the gap.
I never cross wedge or even use step wedges anymore for this very...
Been after this stamp for a minute.
It doesn't have Glassport,PA on the left side and warranted on the right like some I've seen. But to have this stamp on a big double is pretty darn sweet. :thumbsup::thumbsup::D
Here's that mid 19th century Jerison White Connecticut pattern (I think). Another shipwreck axe.
Cleaned, barely filed and hung. Very good temper on this axe. Truly.
This did start cracking at both front corners of the tip of the eye on bottom. It had looked so sound after cleaning that I was...
Thanks for your replies!
The large Blood predates the Connecticut pattern. And I believe it's actually a wide bit Michigan. I have a photo somewhere...
It's tough because there's so few direct references to the actual patterns. I have a reprint of an 1859 Underhill brochure and that lists the...
I just recieved this one in the mail today. Pretty excited about it! Has to be one of the coolest hatchets I've seen.
It's another I. Blood. From the same wreck and almost the same pattern as my big one. It's got that ultra thin, ultra tapered poll.
Here's a few comparison pics next to the...
Thank you Glenn! Much appreciated man. I figured some folks would enjoy seeing these. I know I can't look at them enough! :D.
It does look like an older pattern, you are right! I can see "RF" there I think.
Sending stuff my way? Well now I'm curious! Haha.