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Vintager Chinese Kung-Fu axes, hatchets....put em' up!

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by gben, May 3, 2016.

  1. gben

    gben

    363
    Nov 26, 2014
    A ramshackle hatchet of Chinese origin tuned up for use this summer. It is definitely decades old, but who knows how old it is? I re-set the loose handle with some new wedge material, took off some burrs that had grown from it being used as a hammer, and gave it a dangerously sharp edge. Cutting edge of this hatchet is near file-hard! It had to be ground sharp with stones. The rest of it is tempered to be softer as it should be. It was two dollars at a local second-hand sale. It is going to be fun using it this season.

    I have sent an image of this to a friend of mine in Taiwan to see if he can decipher the Chinese symbol. Notice the little picture of a knife or blade-tool next to the symbol, cool.

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    Last edited: May 5, 2016
  2. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
  3. Liam Ryan

    Liam Ryan

    Sep 26, 2005
    It looks like a chicken head to me, probably beheaded more then a few of them in it's day.
     
  4. gben

    gben

    363
    Nov 26, 2014
    Thank-you Steve. I just got a message back from my friend in Taiwan that said the Chinese character does indeed say "deer". If he comes up with any information on this company I will certainly throw it up here.
     
  5. gben

    gben

    363
    Nov 26, 2014
    I liked what 300six said in another thread on this manufacturer:

    A file does indeed skate on the cutting edge of the Deer hatchet, and although it has seen much use it is not cracked through the eye like a few Plumb axes/hatchets I have here. So it looks like a quality product and there is no reason to dismiss it just because it is from China.
     
  6. rjdankert

    rjdankert Gold Member Basic Member Gold Member

    Mar 10, 2011
    No reason I can find.

    Bob
     
  7. RICKOFF

    RICKOFF

    372
    Jun 2, 2009
    Found this one last weekend only marking is 1 1/2 on bottom of poll, could be one of these or not.

    P5050114.jpg P5050116.jpg
     
  8. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
    The "followed me home" thread has another head with 1 1/2 on the bottom of poll, with a diamond stamp and a ZH, Those diamond stamps are sometimes found with "Made in China" visible. "ZH" is a trademark of Suqian Zhenhao Tools and Hardware Co., Ltd., Jiangsu, China.

     
  9. RICKOFF

    RICKOFF

    372
    Jun 2, 2009
    Thanks, Steve was only 3 dolla and it looked OK. But looks more like the one that gben posted without the markings.
     
  10. RICKOFF

    RICKOFF

    372
    Jun 2, 2009
    I thought the haft that it came with was not original because the bit was mounted upside down and pulled it. Later I googled the haft part# and came up with this.
    HA50 lable.jpg HA50.JPG P5060127.jpg

    Great Neck HA50 I'm going to try to use the haft again and see if it will make a good kindling hatchet. (Made in China)
     
    Last edited: May 8, 2016

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