I mounted this a 12 inch handle on a new, never used pre- 1882 Mann Axe 1.5-pound hatchet. This is one I found brand new with proper Mann Markings and was made prior to machine forging with two kinds of metal and the Early axes were made from two pieces of metal. The poll or head of an axe was formed by folding a bar of heated wrought iron, which also creates an eye. High carbon steel was used for the bit or cutting edge. Two methods existed for attaching a bit to the iron scarf. An early "inlay" method inserted a bit into a V-shaped cleft or "lip" in the scarf, welded in a forge, and then drawn using a trip hammer. The overlay method – patented by Harvey Mann in 1862 (no. 35,480) – welded steel on the outside of the scarf, which exposed more steel on the cutting edge. The two pieces of metal are clearly visible with the weld and some of the original factory paint is visible.
I used one of these Purple Heart wedges in a Premium Whiskey River 28" Hickory Cruiser handle for a vintage True Temper Flint Edge Kelly Works double bit. It turned out beautifully. Nice quality wedges. At a great price.
Another excellent double bit handle from Whiskey River, this is my second double bit handle ordered from these guys. The grain orientation was great and the eye size was as described, perfectly centered wedge kerf and with a little rasp work I was able to fit this handle to a vintage True Temper Flint Edge Kelly Works Double Bit Cruiser head measuring 7-5/8" long with 4-1/2" bits. It turned out beautifully. Thanks for the great axe handle guys.
I was really surprised how well this splits! So much nicer to swing then my maul and the wooden handle is really dead in the hand. It will be a long time before I grab my splitting maul. Thanks Brandon!
Great handle and and 0 imperfections. Paired perfectly with a Plumb head I picked up for a Fathers' Day gift for a co-worker.
I would recommend anyone looking to pick up quality handles to get them here!
Love these wedges from Whiskey RIver. They aren't too big/thick, nor too small/thin - just perfect for all my restoration needs!
White Oak is my favorite as once you add a little oil, that amazing grain pattern really pops and gives your axes just that little extra beauty.
Fits my 5# splitter perfectly. Added a bit of leather oil and she's ready to go. Love that is adjustable as well.
Proud to say I believe this is my first Whiskey River purchase.
Such a versatile tool. It has helped me split loads of kindling for my wood stove, pounded many tent stakes, and is my go to in driving wedges into my restored axes. As per usual, I added my signature black paint job, some axe wax, and a polished bit/poll.
Kudos to the Council Tool team for creating such well rounded tool and Whiskey River for putting it in my hands. Definitely a go-to gift for anyone looking to get someone that special someone a tool that will last!
Picked this bad boy up while in Iron River for Whiskey Rivers' open house. Normally I like a 32" handle for something so beefy, but opted to go with the 28" straight handle to add some spice to my life.
WOW! This monster splits through just about anything. Added my own personal flair to it by sanding down the handle, a little black paint, adding my favorite axe wax, and putting a polish on the bit and poll (purely aesthetic). Another engineering masterpiece from Council Tool.
While I haven’t been quick enough on the keyboard to pick up a Grade A (these things sell out for a reason), I was fortunate enough to get a “see” grade handle from their Iron River open house. Even with a “see” grade, words cannot describe the perfect fit this handle is in my hands. After a little sanding and applying my favorite axe wax, this handle is ready for a Connie head which is on the way. Just like smoking my favorite cigar, I can’t wait to take my time and enjoy the hang process.
By far the best heritage/vintage curvy handle I have gotten my hands on. Thank you Whiskey River for the time and effort to produce such a beautiful work of art.
I'm not an axe maker, a blacksmith, or a tradesmen of any kind. However, I do use axes, and I recently bought a restored axe from Ethan Goss at Sugar Shack Forge. The Collins Connecticut Pattern axe, as Ethan puts it, "is hung on a wickedly slim and curvy 30c handle, from Whiskey River Tool Co.. This handle pattern was meant for this style axe...". I must say, I completely agree with Ethan! This axe handle looks amazing and feels amazing in the hand. As an end user, I'd buy and recommend the Premium Heritage 30c handle from Whiskey River, again and again. Top shelf item, there is no doubt about it.
I love my stones for sharpening all things, but if you've not familiarized yourself with using a file for profile modifications, dealing with damage etc., then that is an essential to put under your belt.
Anyway, I bought this file on a whim because it's NOS and made in good ol USA from God knows when.
The particular abrasiveness of this file is PERFECT for axe work. The stamp even says 'Smooth'.
What an absolute gem. I wish I could afford more of these. This is a must have for anyone who is dedicated to a good working axe.
I stumbled across this company while searching the web after getting frustrated with incorrect listings on Amazon and Ebay of actual eye sizes for axe handles. And was tired of wondering whether or not I would have to strip the varnish off the handles. So I figured I'd give this company a shot. The axe handle I received was perfect for my vintage(1941) Sager Double Bit Chemical Axe. With very little rasp work I was able to hang the head quickly and easily. The eye size description was spot on and the grain orientation was great and ran perfectly up the length of the handle and came with a quality wedge.. What really drew me to try out this company's product was the wide selection of handles and the different wood wedges they offered. I ordered some extra wedges in walnut and purple heart and they are very nice. I will being check this company's stock/inventory first when shopping for axe handles in the future.
Fast shipped. Beautiful wood. Cant wait to hang my plumb on it. Going to give it a burn and boiled linseed. Picked up a couple different wedges to see what I prefer
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