|Forum topic by Brad||posted 808 days ago||3490 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
808 days ago
While on a recent jaunt antiquing and flea marketing in Fort Collins, I came across a booth that was two stalls wide. And full. Packed with all kinds of vintage tools that took me an hour to rummage through. Planes, chisels, try squares, screwdrivers, plum bobs, braces, saws, hammers, hatchets and—as the old Ronco commercials used to say—much, much more.
I’ve been on the hunt for a hewing hatchet because I want to be able to glean wood from logs. And use it for tool handles and other projects. I also wanted a tool that would be useful for “rough cuts” to remove large amounts of waste before using other tools to smooth the edges.
Here’s the Plumb hatchet I bought for $17.50:
I chose this one for two reasons. It has a broad cutting edge and it has a crook at the base of the head for my index finger when I choke up my grip on the handle. I remember reading somewhere that this feature was useful.
After getting it home and cleaning it up I noticed something that I didn’t understand. The right side of the head is flat and straight, in a single plane. The left side, by contrast, is curved.
I have a few questions.
1. Why is the right side of the head flat while the left side is curved?
2. Why is the head ground differently? Meaning, why is the bevel on the flat side much smaller than the bevel on the curved side?
3. What is the proper way to use a hewing hatchet?
What say you all?
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