Plumb BSA Hatchet Score


PDA






Dave Markowitz
April 9, 2012, 08:44 PM
I was up at Dixon's Muzzleloading Shop in Kempton, PA today looking at smokepoles (and came home with a nice T/C Renegade) when I also found this. It's an old Plum Boy Scouts Hatchet. Someone had cleaned it up by removing the paint and sanding the handle. He also put a very nice edge on it.

The flat poll shows signs of being used as a hammer, perhaps to pound in stakes for a Scout's pup tent.

It didn't come with a sheath so I'm making a mask for it out of some leather I had laying around. For $18 I'm not complaining.

It should make a nice addition to my camping tool set.

http://flintlock.org/pics/var/resizes/Plumb-BSA-Hatchet/plumb1%20%281024x611%29.jpg?m=1334014281

http://flintlock.org/pics/var/resizes/Plumb-BSA-Hatchet/plumb2%20%281024x563%29.jpg?m=1334014302

http://flintlock.org/pics/var/resizes/Plumb-BSA-Hatchet/plumb3%20%281024x916%29.jpg?m=1334014302

If you enjoyed reading about "Plumb BSA Hatchet Score" here in TheHighRoad.org archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join TheHighRoad.org today for the full version!
Owen Sparks
April 9, 2012, 11:06 PM
How long is the handle? It looks like a practical size to pack in your kit. Maybe it never had a sheath. I have seen pictutes of hatchets hung from loops on knap sacks.

hso
April 9, 2012, 11:17 PM
That's very nifty!

hso
April 9, 2012, 11:18 PM
Plumb always had sheaths.

Leather or canvas with brass rivets will be appropriate.

Gordon
April 10, 2012, 12:02 AM
Very nice shape for a camping axe, nice score!

BHP FAN
April 10, 2012, 12:34 AM
saweet!

Kingcreek
April 10, 2012, 12:24 PM
I saw one just like it or not as good in an antique shop for $80.
Nice score.

Smokey Joe
April 10, 2012, 02:30 PM
Dave Markowitz--Agree, NIIICE score!!

The BSA hatchets always came w/a sheath, AFAIK. Back more than 50 yrs, I got one myself as a Xmas present, not a Plumb but a Bridgeport, with steel handle welded onto the blade. It STILL works just fine. Original sheath went south many years ago, so I cobbled up a better replacement out of some scrap leather and copper rivets.

Plumb never made a bad axe--That one of yours is just as well-made as any Plumb. And from the photos, it is in very nice shape considering its age.

As to the flat end of the poll--Boy Scouts tend to use as a hammer, anything that has a handle and a flat part of a head. No surprise that your hatchet was so used. Probably to hammer nails here & there, as well as tent pegs.

The BSA stopped encouraging Scouts to use hand axes a long time ago. Likewise sheath knives. More's the pity. OF COURSE the kids will hurt themselves with 'em, if they're never taught how to use 'em properly. Oh, well.

Enjoy your Scout hatchet! :)

@Kingcreek--IMX, antique shops tend to vastly over- or under-value, anything beyond the experience of that shop's staff. More usually, over, of course. And try to talk some sense to them, about the real value of the piece in question--Hah!

Lee D
April 10, 2012, 03:07 PM
i really like it, and thats one heck of a good price for a good ol Plumb.
i have a Plumb thats an oldie but a goodie, and looks exactly like that, but as a former scout, id really like to have the Boy Scout model.

ApacheCoTodd
April 10, 2012, 08:44 PM
Wifee found me a sweet plumb at an estate sale a couple months back. The sheath is in a bit of a state but I can rebuild it from the inside with buckskin if I get around to it.

It still has a lot of the original sticker - though unreadable - on the other side of the head and plumb's funky full thread wedge in the handle.

Dave Markowitz
April 10, 2012, 09:18 PM
Thanks for all the nice comments. I made this simple mask to cover the edge when not in use.

http://flintlock.org/pics/var/resizes/Plumb-BSA-Hatchet/hatchet_mask.jpg?m=1334103414

Owen, the handle is 10.5" long from the end to where it enter the head. OAL is 12.5".

Deltaboy
April 10, 2012, 09:25 PM
Great find they are well build and will give you years of good service.

06
April 10, 2012, 10:12 PM
Still have my old BSA hatchet somewhere. We stopped the boys from using hatchets years ago after two chopping accidents. We encouraged them to use folding saws. We kept a troop axe and set up a chopping area roped off with yellow no tresspassing ribbon. We scout masters were the only ones that used the axe. You can do a lot of work with a saw---and so much safer.

Gordon
April 10, 2012, 11:49 PM
Notice in the very nice pictures above that the model depicted with the original (first type) leather sheath has a nail puller cut AND the BSA logo is in a different spot and has the "old" banner 'be prepared' on the bottom rocker. This model was produced from the mid thirties up thru late 50s , which is actually a 20-25 year model run. Then the blade profile 'chubbied up' , the nail puller was deleted ,the logo changed the ,BSA on the snap removed and the sheath design changed ect. progressively until Plumb quit making them (when?)

ApacheCoTodd
April 11, 2012, 02:03 AM
Still have my old BSA hatchet somewhere. We stopped the boys from using hatchets years ago after two chopping accidents. We encouraged them to use folding saws. We kept a troop axe and set up a chopping area roped off with yellow no tresspassing ribbon. We scout masters were the only ones that used the axe. You can do a lot of work with a saw---and so much safer.
I have a post card around here somewhere depicting a regional level gathering and a 10-15 foot tall tree stump layered in thrown BSA axes. I never see it that it doesn't cause me to imagine the consternation that activity would cause these days.

Thanks for the info on mine Gordon - I had no idea it was that old.

wheelgunslinger
April 12, 2012, 09:52 AM
very nice find. That's a great tool. Hope you use it. :)

wuluf
April 12, 2012, 10:10 PM
PA?? Wondered where i left it....

If you enjoyed reading about "Plumb BSA Hatchet Score" here in TheHighRoad.org archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join TheHighRoad.org today for the full version!