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Beware, the PANTHER!
Over Christmas break Mrs. Hotel and I hit a few antique shops. She was looking for.....well....whatever it is that women look for in antique stores. Chick stuff. Cute stuff. Decorative stuff. Stuff that has no function other than to look good. Not me. I was on the hunt for axes, packbaskets, traps, knives....you know the drill. I found plenty of cheap hatchets from the '80's and a few axe heads that looked like they were used to chop kryptonite. Most of the knives I saw had price tags of $50.00 or more and you couldn't chop warm butter with 'em.
We roamed the aisles until I stood, zoned out on some cast iron frying pans next to some bric-a-brac that will probably still be there in 100 years.
There, tucked into a basket under some yarn was a shiny axe head. I took it out and looked it over. The only marking on it was "PANTHER". It was shined up real pretty like and the edge looked like it could be worked, so I showed it to Mrs. Hotel and she approvingly put it in our basket. It was $5.00. I'm willing to take a $5.00 hit for an axe. Because I'm a junkie. Because I'm addicted. Because.....just because.
This picture is interesting. These two dark spots obviously wouldn't come out when Mr. Antique Shiner hit it with his magic bird poop or whatever. I couldn't think of what would cause such marks. I looked at it for awhile and thought maybe it was where to tool hung on something in a shed or barn. I woke up in the middle of the night a week ago and thought about it some more. Like I had anything better to do at 3:00 am. My conclusion was that it probably had a sheath and possibly had snaps on the sheath and the inner part of the snaps probably made these two marks. Just a guess. So my theory is that someone took care of it.....for awhile. Then some dork chopped pavement with it.
Eeeash. Not horrible, but obviously not well loved.
This picture shows the nicks a little better.
Anyway, I went on the internet to search for Panther axes and didn't find much of anything. I think it is around 3-3 1/2 lbs. I'm going to sick the file on it soon and see what I can make of it. I know I've mentioned it before, but my 3 1/4 Snow and Nealley from the 1950's is currently my favorite axe. This head is in the same weight class, so I'm hoping I'll have a new love.
Changing the subject, I've looked at my local hardware stores for axe handles. I'm a little confused by their selection. Most have hatchet handles, 19" handles, 28" "boys axe" handles and then it shoots right to 36". Why no 30" or 32:" or 34"? I know what you're thinking - make your own handle, Mike. I'm not there yet. I'm still just a hatchet. When I grow up I'll be a Jersey.
Have a good weekend. If you want to watch something fun and waste some time over the weekend, look up "The Last Trapper" on YouTube. It is a docu-drama. I wish they would have left out the drama part, but the cinematography is great and the basis of the story.....well, you don't find many folks like this anymore.
One more thing - the little camp stove that I made and put on here......they're easy to make, but if anyone wants to purchase one, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will make you a deal on one or several.
Pax Domini Sit Semper Vobiscum,
Mike, Oscar, Hotel.....out.