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Old 09-15-2020, 09:18 PM
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Can anyone positively identify this wood splitting wedge? 10.5 inches long..I donít usually get excited over this kind of stuff but itís pretty cool. Thanks
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Old 09-15-2020, 09:42 PM
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Doesn't a wedge get hit by a sledgehammer? That doesn't look like it's been pounded on. Interesting though. Good find.

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Old 09-15-2020, 09:46 PM
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Could it be a tent stake?

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Old 09-15-2020, 10:08 PM
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Originally Posted by pplinker View post
Doesn't a wedge get hit by a sledgehammer? That doesn't look like it's been pounded on. Interesting though. Good find.
Nope.. not spalled that I can tell through the rust..I have a selection of cold chisels...some are spalled and some not..depends on how much Iíve used them... perhaps this was lost while in fairy new condition..
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Old 09-15-2020, 10:13 PM
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Originally Posted by FreeBirdTim View post
Could it be a tent stake?
Looks similar but not identical to other wedges Iíve seen. Weighs about 5 lbs..imagine packing a dozen of those with your tent....circus tent maybe..you could drive this monster into asphalt....
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Old 09-15-2020, 11:56 PM
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Kinda reminds me of a tip to a point well, (shallow well point)...
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Old 09-16-2020, 08:21 AM
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i have never seen a splitting wedge shaped like that.
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Old 09-16-2020, 09:59 AM
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Looks to be a spike off a ground aerator.
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Old 09-16-2020, 10:34 AM
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Can you clean the top and see if there's numbers or anything? The head almost looks like a USGS survey marker. I come across them often
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i have never seen a splitting wedge shaped like that.
yeaaaaaaaah, same.

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Old 09-16-2020, 07:28 PM
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Ground for a lightning rod? Just a wild guess...

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i'm thinking maybe ornamental fence post topper, even?

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Old 09-16-2020, 09:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Skwerly View post
i'm thinking maybe ornamental fence post topper, even?
No holes..weighs 5lbs...
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Old 09-16-2020, 09:26 PM
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Originally Posted by FreeBirdTim View post
Ground for a lightning rod? Just a wild guess...
Why the fins and only less than a foot long..not highly conductive..no place to attach wire..no holes or loops
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Old 09-16-2020, 09:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Skwerly View post
yeaaaaaaaah, same.
Yeah..check out some newer styles...the one by Estwing...or the Oregon...or search eBay and see some that look like a long Oregon...then search older styles...both newer and older wedges had styles intended for splitting a log into 4 quarters, or in half...old smooth 4 sided slim 11+ inches..short fat classic wedge ones..pyramid shaped..hollow with a wooden plug to hammer on..with flutes..without flutes..with fins..with twists..rounded, squared, rectangular in cross section, etc

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Originally Posted by joe dert View post
No holes..weighs 5lbs...
oh wow! definitely weaponry.

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Originally Posted by EmuDetector View post
Can you clean the top and see if there's numbers or anything? The head almost looks like a USGS survey marker. I come no numbersacross them often
Zapping it right now...just checked it an hour ago and changed the water..no numbers visible yet..Iím fairly certain itís cast steel...with a softer structural steel plug in the top...and it is in fact looking like the top is spalled by hammering...

If itís a survey marker itís in a surveyed 40 x 120 city lot...10 feet from my front door
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oh wow! definitely weaponry.
Sinister looking, isnít it..,
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Old 09-16-2020, 09:51 PM
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When Iím done with electrolysis Iím going to go split some wood and post the pics.... I better hurry...winter is coming.....
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Originally Posted by joe dert View post
If itís a survey marker itís in a surveyed 40 x 120 city lot...10 feet from my front door
Just thinking out loud, the top seemed like the ones I find all over (the metal in metal). But not ones that mark properties and lots, I'm talking about the federal ones that used to determine things like STR for large scale mapping by the federal government.
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