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    Posted 4 years ago

    hotairfan
    (306 items)

    This is a hand forged adz that I acquired. All of the metal, including the blade were hand forged by a blacksmith / tool maker. I think maybe it was used to make bowls or some other depressioned piece of wood. The blade is not scorped (rounded) but is very flat. The way that you hold the handle tells me that it was for something like a canoe, boat or maybe a chair. Anyway, it is a beautiful piece of early Americana.

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    1. lzenglish lzenglish, 4 years ago
      Beautiful !!!!!!!
    2. Onedtent, 4 years ago
      Very similar to a hand adze made in Portugal. I have one bought second hand at a pawnbrokers shop but essentially brand new. The handle is designed to be easily removed so the blade can be sharpened. Gogggle "jaguar" and "enxo" hand adze for more info.
    3. hotairfan hotairfan, 4 years ago
      will do.... Onedtent, …..thanks for the input
    4. hotairfan hotairfan, 3 years ago
      A little update on this hand forged adz. A fellow collector friend came over the other evening for a visit. As is usual, we wound up in my workshop/display area, where he saw this hand forged tool. I told him that it appeared to be an adz of some sort. He said that he had seen this tool before and it was described to him as a tool that was used to scrape the fat and flesh off of the inside of an animal carcass during the tanning process.
      Apparently the blade is sharpened often so it has to be removed easily and often.
      He told me he saw the similar tool in a museum in upper New York State.
      It sounds possible that it isn't an adz after all, but an early native American relic

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