Craftsman stamps

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by Square_peg, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. Square_peg

    Square_peg Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    I've never been able to find information on the progression of Craftsman axe stamps over the years. I know they used many different stamps but I haven't been able to date them.

    What I'm hoping to do with this thread is at least get a record of what different stamps are out there. Maybe we can make some informed guesses about dates and the progression of stamps. So please share photos of whatever Craftsman stamps you have and lets see where this leads us. I'll start.

    First up is an old double oval stamp. This one is pretty pitted and hard to photograph. It's a 3.5 pound single bit. I think the double ovals are the oldest Craftsmans in my collection. This one has great geometry with nice high centerline. The steel is very good.


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    Here's a better example of a double oval stamp on a hatchet.

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    Next is a boys axe with a single oval stamp. I think this one might be from the 50's or 60's. This is one of my favorite axes.

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    Here's a later model Craftsman but still made in U.S.A. The stamp has no oval but has two bars on either side of the word 'Craftsman'. This one has thin flat cheeks like you see on modern Euro-import axes.
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    This hatchet has a similar configuration but now the bars are either side of the trademark line. I'm guessing this may have something to do with how much space there is to print on the little hatchet. I've seen Vaughan hatchets that look just like this one.

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    So what do you guys have to add? Have any Craftsman axes? Do you know any dates for any of these stamps?
     
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  2. Joe L. Bachs

    Joe L. Bachs

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    Aug 1, 2012
    Good question, my local junk shop has a little craftsman broad axe/hatchet that has "craftsman flint edge" stamped on it, with perfect factory paint and no pitting. I almost buy it every time I go there but have held off because I figured it must be a later model.
     
  3. CedarEater

    CedarEater

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    Aug 31, 2012
    I too am interested in the Craftsman stamp timeline.

    Here are my two Craftsman double ovals. First is a hewing hatchet that I restored and the second is a double bit that I haven't gotten around to cleaning up.

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    While looking for info on the net about where this stamp fits into the Craftsman stamp timeline I came across a single bit with the same stamp and the remnants of a sticker on an original handle so I grabbed the pic and saved it.

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    That add directed me to a website that claims this logo is from 1940. Unfortunately I don't remember what site that was so...

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    I have also visited the sears archives site and found a couple interesting adds. This one from 1927 has a logo that is very similar to ones I have seen on Craftsman axes/hatchets from time to time on auction sites. In fact, I have a hatchet head that should be arriving on my doorstep sometime soon with this same wavy Craftsman stamped on it.

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    Another add from 1934. Anyone seen something like this stamped on axes or hatchets?

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  4. Square_peg

    Square_peg Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Given Craftsman's record of re-branding tools made by other makers it wouldn't surprise me if that was a True Temper.
     
  5. Joe L. Bachs

    Joe L. Bachs

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    Aug 1, 2012
    I might just have to pick it up the next time I get a chance to go there.
     
  6. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
    One place to search for old Craftsman logos, and put a date on them, is the Google news archives, which has copies of old newspapers (including some advertisements from Sears).

    For example, here's a double bit axe with the double oval stamp, from a 1943 ad:
    http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=EwctAAAAIBAJ&sjid=r9QFAAAAIBAJ&dq=craftsman%20axe&pg=2022%2C62731

    Here's a 1972 Sears ad, from Canada, that shows a Craftsman axe that was made in Sweden:

    "Craftsman Swedish Chopping Axe -- Made of the Finest Swedish Steel.
    Varnished 32" hickory handle. Reg. $5.98... Sale $5"
    http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=4GxkAAAAIBAJ&sjid=In0NAAAAIBAJ&dq=craftsman%20axe&pg=5566%2C2101623
     
  7. John Frankl

    John Frankl

    Oct 16, 2001
    I wonder if there also might not be some overlap. That is that different providers might have been using different stamps even at the same time.
     
  8. bearhunter

    bearhunter

    Sep 12, 2009
    Pegs...
    My FIL gave me this axe several years ago. It was his when he was growing up. His father bought it for him.
    It dates from the early to mid 50's...

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    I have a newer Craftsmans hatchet. I'll get a couple of pics tomorrow.
     
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  9. Square_peg

    Square_peg Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Thanks, Bear. I didn't think the double bar stamp went back that far. John might be on to something with his overlap idea.

    There's supposed to be a local history museum with a collection of Sears catalogs. I'm thinking about doing a little research in those.
     
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  10. bearhunter

    bearhunter

    Sep 12, 2009
    That would be a great idea Pegs.
     
  11. bearhunter

    bearhunter

    Sep 12, 2009
    Here ya go Pegs...
    I've had this hatchet for around 7 years and it was bought new...

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    As you can see, I've kinda miss treated her and banged on her with a hammer a little :p
     
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  12. CedarEater

    CedarEater

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    Aug 31, 2012
    The hatchet head arrived today. At this point I do believe this is the earliest of the Craftsman stamps.

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    I noticed this stamp on the bottom of the head and I don't know what it means. Looks to me like it was double stamped E5 or F5.

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    I hope my son will appreciate and enjoy his 10th birthday present.
     
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  13. Square_peg

    Square_peg Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Thanks for the pics, Cedar. I've seen pictures of that stamp but never knew anyone who had one. Let us know what you think of the steel I bet it's good.
     
  14. Operator1975

    Operator1975

    Sep 24, 2010
    craftsman stamps incoming.
     
  15. Operator1975

    Operator1975

    Sep 24, 2010
    Old double bit

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    Jubilee

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    Newer double bit

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    Boys axe

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    Single bit

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    Single bit handle

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    hatchet -

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    Eye of the hatchet - help to date??

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  16. bearhunter

    bearhunter

    Sep 12, 2009
    It's good to hear from you Operator.
    Thanks for the pics :)
     
  17. Frank-New Zealand

    Frank-New Zealand

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    Jan 16, 2012
    Hey Peg...The boys axe in your third photo is a real beauty. Nice depth and very nice rounded poll. Very nice pattern indeed.

    Don't even need to pick it up to know she would feel 'easy' to use.

    Regards...Frank
     
  18. Square_peg

    Square_peg Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Thanks, Frank. It's a sweety alright. I like it even better than my Collins boys axe. Very fresh and came with a great original handle, too.
     
  19. Square_peg

    Square_peg Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    I was hoping you'd have a couple to share, Op. Thanks!

    Love that one.


    Epoxy. Must be late 50's or later.
     
  20. CedarEater

    CedarEater

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    Aug 31, 2012
    Is that stamped '1886-1936'? Nice one!
     

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