Friday, January 16, 2015

Tru-Test 3lb Double Bit Refurb

Tru-Test in the center as I found it.
One of very few times I have been able to land something good digging through junk shops, I went home with this Tru-Test double bit. I don't think it's all that old, but in great shape and pretty compact at just 3lbs. In my mind, based on the way old premium axes looked with intricate logo etchings and stamps, anyone who took pride in producing the tool, would take time to mark it. My logic is that if this axe isn't especially old, but from a time when they didn't feel it was necessary to mark it USA - because it was a given - then it follows that this was produced as a quality tool. On the other hand there is no guarantee because there are 100 year old axes stamped USA, and very well made axes with little to no markings on them. What I see however, is a crisp stamping which is a real logo, not just text, a neatly finished head, and deeply heat treated steel. To me, these are clues of quality. I'm not typically a double bit fan, but I like that this head is just a step above a cruiser in size, and with thin bits, should make a nice brush clearing tool where cutting is desired over chopping or splitting.

Likely the little M has meaning, but a very crisp stamp in any case.
Shots of recent projects and the Tru-Test along-side my Plumb Cruiser

I used a 30" handle to keep it a handy size.


hickory double bit felling axe
Here you can see the fitment on the underside.

rehang and old axe

It's always interesting, especially with double bits, to see what the wedge does.

The eye on this axe is particularly narrow, but has thick walls.