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ID hatchet made in Germany

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by RickW, Jun 9, 2019.

  1. RickW

    RickW Basic Member Basic Member

    138
    Nov 5, 2005
    Here is a hatchet I picked up recently. It's a common size and shape. but the markings have me stumped, except for the one that says "GERMANY"!
    The hatchet head is about 6 3/8: long an dthe bit is about 3 5/8" wide. The handle measures
    about 14" long. The whole thing weighs just under 1 1/2 lbs.The head has the remains of olive drab paint, and the handle has been painted bright green.
    The head is marked "SWO26/SPECFEB(?)--EC/GERMANY". The handle is marked "US BO 24".
    Here are the pictures:
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    Note the care with which the handle has been shaped and wedged - That's a staple and a corrugated fastener used as wedges!
    I would appreciate any information about this unusual hatchet.
    Rick W
     
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  2. Agent_H

    Agent_H Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Rick, I am curious about the significance of those SPECFEDSPEC markings as well. I have one that gets used and it seems harder than the other W. Germany marked axes/hatchets I've owned:
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  3. RickW

    RickW Basic Member Basic Member

    138
    Nov 5, 2005
    Thanks for the reply. Now I know what the marking actually says, which helps. Hopefully, we'll find out!
    Rick
     
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  4. A17

    A17

    959
    Jan 9, 2018
    It meets fed(eral) specifications perhaps? My only other thought is a german company called bison shows up when I look up your stamps. Maybe they made it?
     
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