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Historic Axe & Forestry Tool Brands
Build an archive of the historic axe brands, through research and collaboration. Information on historic axe brands shouldn’t just live buried in 10 year old forum posts, with broken links and missing images.
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Ashdown’s Hardware earned its founder the nickname “the Merchant Prince of Winnipeg”.
This small firm only existed for 5 years but it started one of the most influential axe factories in Canadian History.
A short lived company that produced a wide range of lumbering tools out of the old Warnock plant in Galt.
A prominent hardware wholesale & retail business founded in London, Ontario with top-tier axes.
Garant axes are well-known in Canada. But, it might surprise you that they never made axe heads in Canada.
Strikemaster Canada was manufacturer of striking tools including axes. They were likely imported from overseas.
The Canada Axe & Harvest Tool Co. was founded in 1892 by William Chaplin, the owner of the Welland Vale Manufacturing Company.
A private label brand introduced in 1910 by a Montreal-based hardware wholesaler. These uncommon axes often get misidentified as Walters today.
The “National” axe was briefly produced by the National Farming Machinery Limited out of Montmagny, Quebec.
Oximex operated out of Toronto Importing goods (including axes) from Asia. The axes would have been made from 1994 to the early 2000s.
MasterCraft axes were produced for Canadian Tire by the Mann Edge Tool Company in Lewistown, Pennsylvania between the 1970s and early 2000s.
Founded in Ottawa in 1945 by Gerald Burgess, this axe producer operated until the 1970’s.
The True Temper Lion was the final iteration of an iconic Canadian axe line produced out of St. Catherines Ontario.
An iconic line of chopping axes and hatchets made by the Welland Vale Mfg Co. in St Catherine’s between 1912 and 1950.
A premium hand-made axe produced by Welland Vale Mfg Co. between 1906-1928.
Risley & Kerrigan was a wholesale hardware dealer and importer located in Toronto, Ontario between 1883 and 1889.
A unique range of axes originally imported from various European countries before finally being made in Canada.
The premium house-brand of tools for the Macleod’s Hardware chain, based on the US brand of Gambles Artisan.
The house brand of the Wood, Alexander, & James LTD. hardware company, in Hamilton, Ontario.