Hatchet handle replacement

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Project by Zach DeBisschop posted 01-18-2011 12:13 AM 3093 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So my Mother and Father came to visit me at school this weekend and my Father surprised me with a Sam Collins axe!

I’m not sure how many of you know who Sam Collins is. Samuel W Collins was an Axe Manufacture whose company revolutionized the way Axes were made. In 1844 Collins hired Elisha Root to work in his Axe factory, in Collinsville, CT.

Before Root came to the Axe factory all of Collins Axe’s were made by flattening out a piece of wrought iron, bending the piece of Iron around a Steel pin and forging the two sides together with a trip hammer. Root came up with the idea of die forging, or applying high pressure to a mold and forming hot wrought iron into the shape of an Axe, an eye punched through it to receive the handle. After Root had come up with this idea he also came up with the idea of heat treating the edge of the Axe head while running it up against a roller to give the head a sharp edge. This made it possible for the blade to only need a little bit of sharpening.

Both of these processes dramatically increased the efficiency of making an axe head.

While I know the majority of people reading this are hearing it for the first time (or so has been my experience) I was taught about this in elementary school because I grew up in Collinsville, CT. So this axe which is actually a roofing axe is quite rare and special to me because it is so rare and because it was made not 200 ft away from my house.

Anyway, The handle had been replaced on the axe somewhere down the line and I decided that I wanted to put a more traditional and nice handle on the axe. The handle is made out of Oak.

You can see the Collins emblem, crown and hammer, and the word legitimus which is a latin word meaning; lawful, real, genuine, legitimate, just, and proper.

I have included a picture of the mill, or power source of the Axe factory in the pictures.


-- Zach

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#1 posted 01-18-2011 01:13 AM

That’s really cool, I like finding different axes and hatchets at flea markets and auctions and cleaning them up and restoring them. Great job, and I love the history!

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#2 posted 01-18-2011 04:37 AM

What a great story.I’m going to put Collinsville on the itinerary of our next New England trip. Thanks for including the mill photo.

-- Jim Westbrooks

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#3 posted 01-18-2011 05:37 AM

Interesting bit of history. Thanks for sharing.

-- Galootish log blog,

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