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Hatchet handle attachment

Post by Steve Webb » Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:13 pm

I have 2 hatchets both Plumb. The one on the left has Genuine Plumb in a small box and the handle has the tapered screw that I have seen before. The handle is smooth. The on on the right has Pumb with USA under it no border around it. It has these 3 screws and the middle one goes in last and it just a little bit over the other 2. It also had this piece of fabric that was around the handle inside the eye. This thing was absolutely solid to the hatchet. The handle is octagon also. No evidence that the handle had a wedge in it and seems the 3 screws are original. Any one know more.

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Re: Hatchet handle attachment

Post by d42jeep » Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:30 am

Steve,
Since half hatchets are part of my Carpenter’s set #1, I had to rehandle several of them. The method that is most commonly used is a wood wedge that is inserted into a slot in the handle parallel with the head and then a metal wedge pounded in at an angle. The tapered screws were used by one manufacturer but using wood screws was never done, as far as I know, except in desperation.
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Re: Hatchet handle attachment

Post by Steve Webb » Tue Aug 04, 2020 2:45 pm

I agree but I took the wedge screw from the one hatchet and it did not fit in the 3 screwed one. The fabric inside eye was something I had not seen either. I went ahead and refinished the handle and got about 1/2 of the cloth back in and reinstalled the screws. It was an incredibly tight attachment before I took it apart and still is as tight a handle as I have ever seen. Do you know if the octagon handle would have been original? If it was rehandled I give the guy credit.
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Re: Hatchet handle attachment

Post by Steve Webb » Tue Aug 04, 2020 4:06 pm

Well this is back together. This has the best edge of all my hatchets so it is going to be my #1. When this heat breaks I have a pretty good workout in store for it.

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That just has Plomb with USA under it and no border around it. Don't know what era that is.
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Post by d42jeep » Thu Aug 06, 2020 11:48 pm

That looks good, Steve. Here is a Plumb ad from 1944 previously posted on the Gee.
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Re: Hatchet handle attachment

Post by Steve Webb » Fri Aug 07, 2020 4:30 am

Looks like a round handle to me. Not an octagon like mine. I found a couple catalogs in that catalog site I found and it seems they all had round handles so was probably rehandled. I was in error as it has Plumb in a border but USA was not.
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Post by Hartofoak » Sun Aug 09, 2020 9:34 am

Some more info re the Plumb take-up wedge
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Re: Hatchet handle attachment

Post by Steve Webb » Sun Aug 09, 2020 10:53 am

Forgot that had been talked about here. I will have to rehandle the hatchet the screw came out of so hopefully will do a proper job of it. I have another tapered screw also. I got a bunch of hatchets some years ago and have given all but these 2 away I think.
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Re: Hatchet handle attachment

Post by Steve Webb » Mon Aug 10, 2020 4:23 pm

Well I put a new handle on today and Don is right that no way can you put that screw in without a pilot hole. I used a countersink bit for a 6-8 wood screw and I had to put a crescent wrench on the square shaft of a 5/16 screwdriver the last 3 threads. Few coats of linseed and good to go.
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Re: Hatchet handle attachment

Post by Steve Webb » Tue Jan 12, 2021 3:46 pm

Gave the 3 screw handle a good workout today. Not the best way. I held up for while but started slipping. I took out screws and the cloth and will just use the regular wood/steel wedge for resetting it. Think what someone thought might be a better way was only a stop gap method. I do like the octagonal handle though for me better grip and control and the edge on hatchet is still sharp. So some things learned from it.
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Re: Hatchet handle attachment

Post by Tin Medic » Wed Jan 13, 2021 12:41 pm

Steve, I don't think I've ever seen a Plumb hammer of any type with an octagon handle. However, if it's got a good feel I would roll with it.
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Re: Hatchet handle attachment

Post by Steve Webb » Wed Jan 13, 2021 6:26 pm

I have not either and the catalogs and things Don showed also had them all round. But it was on there and I like it. Cut off the wooden wedge tonight and set the steel wedge so it is now a regular hatchet.
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