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Forum topic by RonInOhio posted 06-11-2013 04:54 AM 1011 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-11-2013 04:54 AM

Actually this hatchet has been floating around in there for sometime. I think it was left behind
inadvertly by whoever used to live here. I happen to come across it several years ago.

Never thought much of it. Been spending time getting all of tools together and the shop
cleaned and organized and came across it again. My curiosity perked a bit cause I never
really inspected it for markings or manufactor.

So I looked at it closely. On the side I could read, Drop Forged , Made in Germany.

Drop forged ? Germany ?

Well that got me thinking cause the hatchet looked kind of old.

So I did an internet search for German made drop forged hatchet.

I clicked on the first link (Etsy) and there was my hatchet !
Pre-WWII . The one pictured in the link has all the original paint in-tact.
The red on the end is barely visible on mine.

This was the surprise, I never thought twice about the axe an being an antique.

While its not what I would call real valuable, and apparently not rare, should I try to
restore it with the original finish and paint ? Any suggestions on the best way to
clean the metal and refinish the handle ?

Thanks for looking .

The link I found on the hatchet is here.

And here are a few pictures of mine. Sorry for the less than great pics.

I don’t think the markings are visible in the picture . Still haven’t totally figured out
the zoom settings on this camera.

These hatchets were often used in carpentry. The notch indicates this is a
carpentry hatchet.

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#1 posted 06-11-2013 12:12 PM

Well, of course it’s worth restoring.
You can be sure the steel in that piece is better than anything you could get today.

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#2 posted 06-11-2013 12:42 PM

I remember seeing those around when I was a kid. Very well made and ergonomic design w/ good steel. Well worth restoring. I would use a wire wheel on the steel and sand and oil the wood and let it go at that.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 06-11-2013 01:02 PM

I had one of those for a long time. I have no idea what ever happened to it. I agree with Bondo, wire wheel and oil.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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