Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by Nsmc4, Sep 19, 2017.

  1. Nsmc4


    Jul 19, 2017
    Helped my Mother clean out her garage this past weekend and snagged a few tools in the process. One is an axe that belonged to my step-father who died 5 years ago.

    I could barely make out the markings when I found it but they showed up nicely after a vinegar bath.


    I'm not an axe man, so could anyone tell me about the Lippincott line from Kelly Works/True Temper? Or point me to a good resource?

    Also, I'm in process of restoring it and have ordered a couple double bit handles from House Handle. Got a 30" and a 36". Axe had a 36" on it. Does it matter which length for this particular 3.5 lb head? 30" seems a better fit for me. I'll only be using it for very occasional light work around the farm.

    Thanks in advance for any info!
  2. rjdankert

    rjdankert Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 10, 2011
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  3. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
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  4. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
    "Kelly Works" was generally used after the 1930 takeover of the company by American Fork & Hoe. By the time of their 1957 catalog, the "Lippincott" brand (along with some others) were evidently dropped. This 1930-1957 range give a rough idea about when this axe could have been manufactured.

    True Temper Striking Tools Catalog A57 (1957)
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  5. 300Six


    Aug 29, 2013
    As to suggestions for handle length the actual user is by far the best judge. There are standard recommended lengths for standard head weights but only factories religiously adhere to them. In your case crudely fit both handles to the head and don't 'set' the wedge. Then mildly 'field test' both of them in situations that the axe might be used! Handles that are too short have a small swing radius which causes them to deflect into boots or other vulnerable humanly goodies.
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  6. phantomknives


    Mar 31, 2016
    short ones are handy, but you might kneecap yourself, no mafia required. on the other hand, long handles need more space and add weight but are safer and add more speed to the swing
  7. BamaDADx3


    Jul 1, 2016
  8. stevewest


    Nov 25, 2006
    I have a Lippincott Jersey single bit that I hafted on a 36" handle. I am around 5'9" - it has a very nice swing.
  9. rjdankert

    rjdankert Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 10, 2011
    I wouldn't say the OP's axe is a Michigan pattern (although I'd rule out the Western). FWIW, here is a comparison to two advertising drawings. One is from the 1938 A F & H Co True Temper Tools catalog. The other from the 1957 True Temper Striking Tools catalog:


    I've been curious about what "bronzed" is. So far I haven't found any information and as far as I know I haven't seen a bronzed axe (or picture). To me the OP's axe looks like any other after vinegar. If that axe was bronzed I would think there would be a visible difference. That or it was a very poor finish and wore away quickly.

    Love to know if anyone has any info on "bronzed" axes.

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  10. garry3


    Sep 11, 2012
    I wonder if bronzed isn't the same coloring treatment that some axes received in their stamp? Usually its the fancier stamps that get it but I have seen in in Stiletto stamped axes.
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  11. phantomknives


    Mar 31, 2016
    it could be brassed, what you do is heat up a brass brush with a torch and scrub the steel, its an easy way to plate something
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  12. crbnSteeladdict


    Jul 31, 2017
    Maybe this is one of those.
    I suspect it is not natural patina, and some kind of "bronzing" process was involved (edge and poll area)
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  13. Square_peg

    Square_peg Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    You see those bronze finished axes and hatchets in many of the old catalogs.
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  14. Mack

    Mack Expert Ultracrepidarian Platinum Member

    Aug 19, 2007
    Did somebody mention Lippincott?
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