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    The Axe Head Showroom

    Hello All,

    I am starting this post as a showroom for axe heads, whether electrolysis cleaned, or still rusty crusty. Post 'em here.

    There is a large variety in these tools over geography and time, and it will be cool to see everything from trade axes and weapons all the way through more modern tools.


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    Re: The Axe Head Showroom

    Here's a nice one I dug up from a colonial site near Williamsburg, VA.
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    Re: The Axe Head Showroom

    Nice lathing hatchet, Sentinel! WIDE time span on those! I just dug a strangely proportioned one with a wide, fannned-out blade here in a colonial site in Louisiana.
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    Re: The Axe Head Showroom

    First one i have Found in 5 years of metal detecting Dont know how old it is
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    Re: The Axe Head Showroom

    ohdigger,

    Great Axe! I had seen a diagram that listed many different styles of axe head, including yours. I am sure that someone will post it here, or that I'll locate it eventually. Someone will be here that will know more. It will be good to have an online encyclopedia of styles and shapes of axe on this thread.

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    Re: The Axe Head Showroom

    Quote Originally Posted by {Sentinel}
    Here's a nice one I dug up from a colonial site near Williamsburg, VA.
    Now there's a beauty!
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    Re: The Axe Head Showroom

    Quote Originally Posted by BuckleBoy
    ohdigger,

    Great Axe! I had seen a diagram that listed many different styles of axe head, including yours. I am sure that someone will post it here, or that I'll locate it eventually. Someone will be here that will know more. It will be good to have an online encyclopedia of styles and shapes of axe on this thread.

    Best Wishes,

    Buckles
    That's a "Rockaway" pattern. Just like the one I just reclaimed for service.
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    Re: The Axe Head Showroom

    Here's one I dug on a farm here in the Shenandoah Valley a couple of weeks ago. Soaked it in apple cider vinegar and used a wire brush and Dremel on it. I think this one is known as a "Swamping" pattern. Gotta handle on it now and hanging in my office. My wife thinks its tacky. Also, here's a good reference book on American ax heads:
    http://www.amazon.com/American-Axes-...9236300&sr=8-1

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    Re: The Axe Head Showroom

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    Re: The Axe Head Showroom

    Someone is cleaning mine up for me :P lol Great idea Buck
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    Re: The Axe Head Showroom

    Besides the diagram that Old Stonewall added, this 1929 chart is all I have. It may be the same. I may be able to photograph some pages from my book.

    I think the 2nd pic is from mojjaxs book.
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    Shingling hatchets
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    Here are some not to good pictures of Broad Axes but they show the shapes.
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    Re: The Axe Head Showroom

    Quote Originally Posted by bigcypresshunter
    Besides the diagram that Old Stonewall added, this 1929 chart is all I have. It may be the same. I may be able to photograph some pages from my book.

    I think the 2nd pic is from mojjaxs book.
    That 2nd pic is from Eric Sloane's book, "A Museum of Early American Tools". It's a great book, as are all of Sloane's books.
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    Re: The Axe Head Showroom

    If I brought home every double bit axe head I have found, it would well be over 200. In the last 4 trips out I found 24 and left them all in the woods. Double bit axe heads and logging chains are the most common tools I find in the woods here. Starting with broad axe heads whic average 12" across the blade.
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