Estwing UTIL-AX Hatchet Army Air Corps ? Air Force ?

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  • Item Category: Tools
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Nov 30, 2008
  • Channel: Auction House

This is an interesting old Estwing UTIL-AX.

On each side of the shaft is a faded white star in a blue circle that looks like the old Air Force or Air Corps star (Visible in photos) Could this be an actual military collectible? Or was it the project of some aspiring 10 yr. old pilot wannabe? I make no claims. Sure does arouse the curiosity though.

The wood handles are crack and rot free. Unfortunately they are oil soaked. What little finish t was rubbed right off when I took some steel wool to the brass rivets. They were really green. I usually don't mess with cleaning antiques, but, I didn't have any thought of selling it at the time.

T are paint specks on the metal, especially on the hammer face.

The edge is dull, but looks to be from the factory. I see no evidence of filing or grinding. As such this UTIL-AX seems to retain its original profile.

T is light rust pitting and freckling throughout, giving a nice patina. It does not have deep destructive rust pits. All stampings are clear and easy to read.

I prefer to ship through the Post Office. UPS is an option I will consider if you request it. If you do choose UPS I will have to charge extra handling, as t is an extra charge for me to have a local store send it... I believe around $5.00 or so. Since I couldn't figure out how to charge for handling on just the UPS and not through the Post Office I removed it from one of the auto-choices.

I offer Insurance as an option... and recommend it. My packaging is always careful and to the best of my knowledge secure. However a package can always get lost, or some unforseen accident could destroy it. With insurance you are covered. Should an item arrive broken, or get lost, and you did not insure it... that is your responsibility.

My job requires me to be "ON-CALL" As such t is a chance I can be called away at any time up to 4 days. This is rare, but a possibility. If I do not respond to a question within one day, this has probably happened. It could also occur after an item sells. As I said it is unlikely, but I thought I should include a warning. I will act promptly upon returning.

I know how fun it is to find something you've really wanted. I will try hard to keep that positive feeling for you through every step of the process.

I will accept returns if the item has been misrepresented. The item must be in "AS SENT" condition, and within 7 days.