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    Default Plumb Axe Find

    Was out at the antique shop last week, and found this beaut. Its a old Plumb Victory, it relatively good shape. Its a 3 lb head. Im going to TRY and cut all my wood for this season by hand. If anybody has more info on this, feel free to let me know!
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    I got two of those old axe heads in the celler but I guess the only workout I am going to get is pushing the handle on the splitter. they are nice axe heads though.
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    Sam,
    Nice find! It looks like Michigan pattern axe head. The old ones have better steel in them than the modern imported ones do. When you re-handle the axe head, you should consider removing any varnish on the handle and applying a coat of boiled linseed oil. It won't raise a blister like varnish will.

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    Funny you say that John! I did the exact thing this morning. I hate the feel of that waxey varnish, but love the feel of the linseed oil. Used it today. The think takes an AMAZING edge, and split about 1/2 chord today. I love it. Not like the ones made today. Hard Hard steel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam Caruth View Post
    Was out at the antique shop last week, and found this beaut. Its a old Plumb Victory, it relatively good shape. Its a 3 lb head. Im going to TRY and cut all my wood for this season by hand. If anybody has more info on this, feel free to let me know!
    There's a guy on YouTube who does a lot of cool work on old axes (and homesteading, woodworking, metal fab, logging, etc). His user name is Wranglerstar. He has a video of restoring a Plumb axe and makes his own handles. Worth the time watching his videos. Does great work.

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    Looks like something Washington might have used on a cherry tree I love old tools.

    There are a lot of pages about Plumb axes if you do a google search for "plumb axe history".. Here's one that came up in my search

    http://www.yesteryearstools.com/Yest...umb%20Co..html

    This article dates the mark in a rectangle as somewhere between 1917- 1980s. You can probably date it better than that if you can trace exactly when that particular mark was used. One site I looked at placed the victory slogan as used during WWII.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flat47 View Post
    There's a guy on YouTube who does a lot of cool work on old axes (and homesteading, woodworking, metal fab, logging, etc). His user name is Wranglerstar. He has a video of restoring a Plumb axe and makes his own handles. Worth the time watching his videos. Does great work.
    I have been addicted to Wranglerstar videos for months now! But I have never seen the Plumb one. Time to search!

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