"Vintage" hatchet find.


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Shanghai McCoy
June 21, 2013, 10:51 PM
While killing some time at the downtown Lawrence antique mall I came across a nice, lightly used, Plumb camp hatchet.

The best part was it was only....

Wait for it.....:rolleyes:


6 bucks.
:)

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drivadesl
June 21, 2013, 11:22 PM
Pictures???

rcmodel
June 21, 2013, 11:25 PM
Hey!

I was just in there three weeks ago and I didn't see nothing for $6 bucks, short of an old dirty pink garter with snapped elastic!!

You sure you did that?? :D

rc

Shanghai McCoy
June 22, 2013, 12:03 AM
Hey rc,
I sure did, and it was a surprise to me that is for sure. That place has not had much in tools the last few times I was there and they tend to be "proud" of what they have...
Sorry I can't post a pic as I'm covering the graveyard shift here at work.

Oh, I didn't see that garter that you mentioned tho... ;)

rcmodel
June 22, 2013, 12:16 AM
Of course you didn't see it.

For only $6 bucks?
I bought it to add to my old dirty garter collect----Emmmmm?

Never mind! :o

rc

Shanghai McCoy
June 22, 2013, 12:24 AM
Well, that would explain it...:)
Must be a heck of a collection.:rolleyes:

Oh, they did have a Kelly (?) fire axe upstairs but it's been rehafted . It's more than 6 bucks too...

Certaindeaf
June 22, 2013, 09:23 AM
You can't have too many hatchets.. especially excellent ones for six bucks.

19-3Ben
June 23, 2013, 08:22 PM
I think I'd like to start getting some stuff like this. Anyone have tips on where to find things like vintage hatchets aside from eBay?

Yard sales perhaps? Swap meets? Do they sell them at Goodwill?

rcmodel
June 23, 2013, 08:29 PM
Read the want adds in the paper and Trading Post type local want add freebies.

Garage sales listing tools, and estate sales are prime suspects.

Also flea markets, & antique shops.

You have to get there early opening day to beat the eBay buyers/sellers to the good stuff though!

Antique shops are fixing to rip you off on the price of anything old and decent though.

rc

Deltaboy
June 23, 2013, 08:43 PM
Good find I got a plumb cedar shake hatchet I bought back in the 1980s.

19-3Ben
June 23, 2013, 09:00 PM
Thanks RC. As always, you're a wealth of info!

Shanghai McCoy
June 23, 2013, 09:21 PM
rc pretty well covered it. I check out the antique mall that I mentioned only every now and then and have done pretty well there on a couple tools and this hatchet. Plus a cool old fedora for bow shooting...
The best thing is find the local shops that have an assortment of "stuff" in a variety of booths and maybe you will get lucky .

Oh, and Goodwill usually does not sell edged tools but the "thrift store" places might.

19-3Ben
June 27, 2013, 04:09 PM
Ok, I gave it a shot and I bought something.

I found a used/consignment tools store near me. Awesome place. No stainless/fiberglass/polymer to be found! It's all slightly rust with lots of wooden handles! I love old tools.

I found a hatchet there that I kinda liked. The head was just a little loose, but the guy who owns the place knocked a wedge into the top of the shaft and now it's pretty solid. It's a Pexto hatchet, approx 16" long. I think I'm going to strip it, and find it a new shaft, as this one is pretty beat. I have no idea how old this one is.
But hey, for $7, who am I to complain.

I'm Editing to add that I have been doing some research. Seems that Pexto was the Peck, Stowe, & Wilcox tool company, based out of Southington CT. Without getting into a ton of detail, based on the logo, it looks like my new hatchet was probably made somewhere from 1935-1956. It's really cool to me, that here I am, at least 57 years after the hatchet was made, and living only about a 20 minute drive from the factory that produced it all that time ago, and I've got plans to give this tool a whole new life.

Shanghai McCoy
June 27, 2013, 08:24 PM
That sounds like a good find and a good shop to be looking in...
It's cool that the hatchet was made in your area too. Nice to hold and use a piece of local history.

19-3Ben
June 27, 2013, 08:57 PM
That sounds like a good find and a good shop to be looking in...

Yeah it is! I got the hatchet and two nice Nicholson files all for $10. Can't really argue with that.

It's cool that the hatchet was made in your area too. Nice to hold and use a piece of local history.

Exactly. Same reason I loved having Marlins, when I was living in Hamden, only 5 mins from the Marlin plant in North Haven (RIP).

Deltaboy
June 30, 2013, 11:26 PM
Great find and it should take a good edge.

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