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"Vintage" hatchet find.

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Shanghai McCoy, Jun 21, 2013.

  1. Shanghai McCoy

    Shanghai McCoy Well-Known Member

    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.
  2. drivadesl

    drivadesl Active Member

  3. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam


    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

  4. Shanghai McCoy

    Shanghai McCoy Well-Known Member

    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... ;)
  5. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    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! :eek:

  6. Shanghai McCoy

    Shanghai McCoy Well-Known Member

    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...
  7. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    You can't have too many hatchets.. especially excellent ones for six bucks.
  8. 19-3Ben

    19-3Ben Well-Known Member

    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?
  9. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    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.

  10. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Well-Known Member

    Good find I got a plumb cedar shake hatchet I bought back in the 1980s.
  11. 19-3Ben

    19-3Ben Well-Known Member

    Thanks RC. As always, you're a wealth of info!
  12. Shanghai McCoy

    Shanghai McCoy Well-Known Member

    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.
  13. 19-3Ben

    19-3Ben Well-Known Member

    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.
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2013
  14. Shanghai McCoy

    Shanghai McCoy Well-Known Member

    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.
  15. 19-3Ben

    19-3Ben Well-Known Member

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

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

    Deltaboy Well-Known Member

    Great find and it should take a good edge.

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