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Offline moparthug

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Plumb axe education needed
« on: May 12, 2019, 06:49:52 PM »
Just picked up this Plumb Victory hatchet and I have a couple questions. Is this called a hewing axe because it's flat on one side? And I heard the Victory name started during or just after the end of WW2, when did they stop making the Victory line? Thanks guys, as always your info is greatly appreciated!
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Offline Bill Houghton

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Re: Plumb axe education needed
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2019, 08:24:05 AM »
If it's a hatchet, it's not an axe; it's a hatchet.

Side hatchet, broad hatchet.  I've never heard "hewing hatchet," but I suppose it would work.  The pattern can be very handy for wasting off wood from the width of a board when you're working by hand, and the amount to remove is more than makes sense for a plane but not enough to get out the ripsaw.

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Re: Plumb axe education needed
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2019, 12:46:06 PM »
     Hello, Moparthug & Bill. I have always been told that you swing an axe with 2 hands, and a hatchet with one. Hatchets typically have shorter handles. What I believe you have is a Yankee Pattern Side Axe (from Ron Barlow's Guide). With a short handle you would swing with one hand. Keen Kutter lists a Broad or Bench Hatchet (also in Barlow's Guide) , similar to the Yankee Pattern Side Axe. Barlow's also shows a Keen Kutter broad axe shaped Hatchet with a Hewing Blade. I am betting it is not a Hewing Blade until you get up over 6" on the blade width. I make no claims for accuracy in the above statements, just did a little bit of book research on a rainy day, and not trying to be a pain in the axe. :grin:Regards, Lou
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Offline international3414

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Re: Plumb axe education needed
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2019, 01:51:21 PM »
for plumb info, yesteryears tools,if i knew how to do a link i would

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Re: Plumb axe education needed
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2019, 02:59:24 PM »
Here is the link you mentioned. Regards, Lou              http://www.yesteryearstools.com/Yesteryears%20Tools/Plumb%20Co..html
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Offline moparthug

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Re: Plumb axe education needed
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2019, 05:47:59 PM »
I could never get a square answer about axe nomenclature. My Boy Scout leader when I was 12 years old called any one handed axe a camp axe, and a two handed axe just an axe. If he called for a hand axe we knew to grab the small one. Maybe it's a regional thing, I just didn't hear axes being called hatchets in Southern California growing up in the early 1980's. Then, to confuse things even more, I was told kitchen cleavers were just fancy hand axes. I know there are actual woodsmen cringing at this idea, but this was Los Angeles in the 80's and we had plenty of other issues to deal with.  :grin:
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