New_Windsor_NY wrote:Bfeldman wrote:New Windsor-That’s definitely a lineman’s Hatchet so it would make sense that your dad picked it up when he worked as a lineman. Stanley made a lot of them for Bell and I believe that those all have a Bell Systems stamp on the opposite side. I wonder if yours has a stamp on the reverse.
It is/was definitely stamped BELL SYSTEM. It appears that someone tried to "erase" it. You can still make out enough of the lettering to know what it says/said. I'm sure there's a good story in there somewhere. It's a shame I don't nor will I ever know what it was.
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My first thought was why any idiot would try and hide the bell logo. Then I tried to think like I was using it many years ago. First, back then it was just a tool, probably in the company tool kit. All the gouges are on the flat, I bet someone was using it as a hammer too. Why carry an extra couple pounds around, when the company hatchet works just fine, and he wanted a wider striking surface than the skinny poll?