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Old 07-12-2017, 08:36 PM
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Default Folded military hatchet?

Just found this hatchet which at first appeared to be hand forged as one piece folded over and welded to make the eye. After cleaning it up and looking it over it has the marking "U.S" in small letters recessed into the metal on the opposite side of the fold. It appears to be a small military hatchet but I've never seen a folded one. Seems like a clean cut, but could it be broken? Does anyone know of a folded construction military hatchet, or can I.D. This one to a specific era? Thanks guys!!


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Old 07-12-2017, 10:06 PM
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Probably not folded over,just looks it.They did crack and people have welded them but look towards being a modified Hewing axe or possibly a timber framing axe .....

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Old 07-12-2017, 10:40 PM
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Probably not folded over,just looks it.They did crack and people have welded them but look towards being a modified Hewing axe or possibly a timber framing axe .....
After more inspection I think it is broken not folded. Did the military produce hewing or timber framing axes?
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Old 07-12-2017, 10:53 PM
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I have no idea. I just went by the thinner blade design is usually for hewing or timber framing, not for heavier general purpose axe head from design.

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Old 07-12-2017, 11:51 PM
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If you take a look at the M1910 hand axe, it seems pretty similar.
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Old 07-12-2017, 11:55 PM
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Originally Posted by NHBenz View post
If you take a look at the M1910 hand axe, it seems pretty similar.
I looked at those but to my eye they seem slightly different shaped and bigger than this one. All of the m1910s I have seen have more markings than just U.S
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Old 07-13-2017, 09:36 AM
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Hopefully this link goes to the right page, describing the size of the head on the M1910 as 5" x 3-1/4". My understanding is that the WWI issue of these had only the U.S. marking, while the more prevalent WWII issue had manufacturer and date markings as well.
https://books.google.com/books?id=dy...asures&f=false
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Originally Posted by NHBenz View post
Hopefully this link goes to the right page, describing the size of the head on the M1910 as 5" x 3-1/4". My understanding is that the WWI issue of these had only the U.S. marking, while the more prevalent WWII issue had manufacturer and date markings as well.
https://books.google.com/books?id=dy...asures&f=false
Thanks for the link!! That would be pretty neat if it was WW1. I just measured it and it is 5-3/8" x 2-1/4"
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Old 07-17-2017, 12:45 PM
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I have a one I dug that looks just like it. What it is is an old firewood chopping and felling axe that's come apart along its forge weld.
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