Monday, October 28, 2013

Hatchets and axes

Axes hatchets Featured

1) AW Wills
2) Estwing hatchet
3) Elwell

1) A W Wills

One reference has AW Wills from Wolverhampton. It was later part of EVA Industries and they exported most of their output. 

A.W. Wills Tool Poster  from

There was a reference to AW Wills at the Chillington Tool Works (from

The relevant section reads "In 1953 the company produced plantation hoes, bars and forks; shovels, spades, axes and other edge tools. Chillington and its associated companies became the largest group of edge tool makers in the world, exporting most of their products. The associated companies, the EVA Industries Group of Companies, were Edward Elwell Limited of Wednesbury, A.W. Wills & Son Limited of Wolverhampton, John Yates & Company Limited of Wolverhampton, and the Pheonix Shovel Company Limited of Cradley Heath".

Here are the photos. Overall length 300mm, cutting edge 70mm, hatchet height 120mm

Note the open hand logo from the poster

2) Estwing Hatchet

3) Elwell
There is a history of Elwell edge tools at this site A history of Wednesbury. Wednesbury was a major indutrial area and Elwell was a majorsite in the area.

Most Elwell axes only had the name. This  has the 2 faces trademark

Monday, July 1, 2013

Stormont - Fine Edge Tools, 1926 Catalogue and advertising

Stormont Fine Edge Tools

Stormont brand tools were made at 124 Fitzwilliam St Sheffield, England.

These resources were kindly supplied by Alan Stormont great grandson of Geo V Stormont, the founder of the company.

1) Advertising blotter
2) Front cover of catalogue
 3) Introductory letter page
Note Established 1899
Owners names - Geo V & H Stormont
Catalogue date - February 1926

4) Page 2 - blank page

5) Page 3 Chisels
 6) page 4 Gouge chisels
 7) Page 5 Handled Chisels & Paring chisels
 8) Page 6 Handled gouges
 9) Page 7 Turning & Mortice chisels
 10) Page 8 Machine mortice chisels & Socket chisels & gouges
 11) Page 9 Socket firmer chisels
 12) Page 10 Plane Irons
 13) Page 11 Drawing Knives
 14) Page 12 Coopers drawing knives

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Gimlet showing elements of construction

Total length 4&3/8in (110mm)
Handle length 2&1/4in (55mm)

 Copper washer on end of shank

 Square tapered shaft into handle

Screw tip - widest part of shaft 3/16in (4.5mm)


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Tools marked Dunlop - Tyre Levers & pocket utility knife

Various tools are labelled with manufacturer's names

1) Tyre lever


Marks "Dunlop" on one side, and "Made in England  273" on the other

2) Tyre Lever - larger

3) Pocket knife
Marked "Dunlop" on both sides

The knife was made by E Blyde & Co Ltd Sheffield England