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Kelly Handmade

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by jaymack9100, Jul 20, 2019.

  1. jaymack9100


    Oct 26, 2008
    I picked this up from the basement of my fathers house. Some mushrooming on the butt, but i estimate that it's 1 1/4 inch thick. I figure it's at least as old as I am, so over 55 years. I have seen Kelly Handmade axes here, but never a Jersey Pattern. Just a couple questions:

    - History? How old is it? Where in US was it made?
    - Is it rare?
    - would you clean and recondition the head and put a new axe handle on it, or would you keep it as is?




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  2. ScottB65


    Jul 5, 2019
    I've never seen one with raised letters. A knock off? I'll let more knowledgeable folks chime it.
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  3. Yankee Josh

    Yankee Josh Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 31, 2018
    It's definitely a real Kelly handmade! I've seen many with raised letters but I haven't, however, seen many Jersey patterns such as yours. It's a beautiful axe! It appears that the helve is in pretty good shape so if it were mine i would reuse it. While the head is off just run a wire cup brush over it and then oil it to bring out the patina.
    And a great story to boot! If you look at the "yesteryears tools" website that will give you a quick rundown on the locations and times of the illustrious Kelly axe & tool co. There are also some good threads on this forum too. You have a beautiful axe sir! And welcome!
  4. ithinkverydeeply

    ithinkverydeeply Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 17, 2018
    They made those “Kelly Hand Made” at all three plants but it looks like the raised letters were on the earlier ones.

    Which rendition of the logo do you think yours is?
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  5. ScottB65


    Jul 5, 2019
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  6. Yankee Josh

    Yankee Josh Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 31, 2018
    I don't know if that axe belonged to your father or not. If it did never mind! But if not and you are interested in selling it please pm me! I've been on the lookout for a handmade.
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  7. Fmont

    Fmont Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 20, 2017
    Looks like the top right to me

    ETA: I change my guess to top middle. The E at the end of made is square
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  8. garry3


    Sep 11, 2012
    None of them are a match. Nice old Kelly though...
  9. junkenstien


    Feb 15, 2017
    Hasn’t been that long since someone’s scratched on the edge I hope it never sees a bench grinder.
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  10. LastLooseEnd 5.9

    LastLooseEnd 5.9

    Sep 23, 2018
    Grind all that crap off the side to slick it up and slap a 36” straight handle in it and it would make a find splitter with a 10lb sledge to drive it two man style.....

    Very nice kelly axe! I’ve been keeping my eyes pealed for a “Kelly hand made” local but my coworker seems to snag them all.

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