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After Val-Test acquired the trademark they removed the "Shapleigh's" leaving the top of the logo blank Fig. There were numerous items produced which have cross collectibility. The hang job is decent enough on it. The orders are combined with orders from other hardware companies allowing for quantity discounts from manufactures.

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I honestly didn't notice any dulling after the uses did great for finer work too Well I'm really liking this axe. June 21, This axe is how I got it. Val-Test discontinued the Keen Kutter line of goods during the s.

It's nice and thin with a nice swell at the end of the handle.

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Shapleigh continued to use the trademark on products until they went out of business in Simmons" in the top of the logo with Shapleigh's Fig. It's the later Keen Kutter models based off the makers mark. I sanded the handle down and put 4 coats of BLO on it.

The Hardware Companies Kollector's Klub founded in is another great source of information for Keen Kutter collectors. No profiling was needed. After several years the Keen Kutter trademark was sold to Val-Test Distributors of Chicago, Illinoisa wholesale hardware buyers group.

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Collectible interest[ edit ] Items bearing the Keen Kutter trademark are considered collectible. Jerry and Elaine Heuring, authors of Collector's Guide To Keen Kutter, have documented current values and general information in their books.

The length and weight felt very good. The weight isn't marked but it doesn't feel quite as heavy as my other 3. I believe it to be the Michigan pattern.

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It looks like someone restored it themselves not long ago or maybe it was someone's user that knew how to take care of their axe. The Keen Kutter trademark is currently privately held.

This is about as long as I care to swing but it sure did a fine job today. Pocket knives, hand tools, railway locks, and advertising items from Keen Kutter are of interest to many collectors. While this one is in good condition it's certainly not immaculate or anything so I think this will be an excellent user.

The edge I did just a little sharpening.

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Shapleigh Hardware Company was known for their premium brand Diamond Edge. Shoulder is a little bulky but it's okay. Well let's get started here Length 32" Now for the fun stuff two easy swings on a 3" dead oak next up about a 6" dead oak biting good this did not take long at all.

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It was throwing excellent chips and though it was a little rotten in the middle I was still impressed with how fast it went through it the edge held up great. I don't think the handle is original but I like it.

Also during the s limited use of the Keen Kutter trademark was authorized for a line of pocket knives distributed by Frost Cutlery Co. After Shapleigh acquired the Keen Kutter trademark it was modified by replacing the "E. Val-Test allows smaller wholesale hardware companies to order goods.