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Finnish/Earlier Scandi axes - Kirves

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by Agent_H, Sep 10, 2016.

  1. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
    I'm guessing it's a Billnäs and the KoTe is someone's after market stamp.
     
  2. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
    ^^^^

    Thanks. I saw that before but couldn't get it to download. It downloaded fine off your link.
     
  3. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
    What is number 31 in that catalog? Can anyone translate "sammalpiilu lapuan"?
     
  4. Kevin Houtzager

    Kevin Houtzager

    378
    Jun 25, 2017
    To the best of my knowledge it's something to remove moss with. But thats as far as I get with translating it.

    As for the link: It's right there on the page: Lowest button on the side. But your welcome!

    That thing has a 30cm cuttingb edge, so something in the region of 11" to 12", and weighs 3KG, so about 6 or 7 pounds.
     
  5. rjdankert

    rjdankert Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 10, 2011
    From page 5 (in this thread):
    Just a suggestion to help newcomers to this thread. I am assuming that a new person would naturally want to start at the beginning, so that would be the first reference to that catalog they would see. Editing that post with this link would get them the same catalog but much faster (it's 38.3 MB):


    Bob
     
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  6. Agent_H

    Agent_H Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    The KoTe is interesting. I noticed it on two, maybe three other Kemi models that were up for auction from Finland around the time I picked up my first ones. It seems uniform enough to possibly rule out a "personal" mark. That one came from Olli69 apart from any of them for sale on the bay. With the capital K and T it strikes me as possibly an abbreviation.

    Civil/government tool specific to a region/province? Red/White Guard? Mysterious... I would like to know as well.

    "Kota" is something along the lines of "hut" or "shelter" in Finnish?
     
  7. Kevin Houtzager

    Kevin Houtzager

    378
    Jun 25, 2017
    Measurements :p
     
  8. rjdankert

    rjdankert Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 10, 2011
    Not suggesting this is THE answer, but I found this interesting.

    "Axes were in general sold without hafts up until the 1940s as everyone was expected to make their own hafts to fit the axe."

    Quote from Lepola. Marcus' article:
    Headhunting Billnäs "12" Axes



    Bob
     
  9. Agent_H

    Agent_H Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Right on, Bob. I regard him as an expert on the subject so I'll take that as as an operating assumption.

    I haven't had any time to look up much info for entertainment in the last two weeks. So thank you :thumbsup:
     

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