Hoffman Reproductions
Specializing in Historically Correct 18th and 19th Century Cutlery
" Behold, I Myself have created the smith who blows the fire of coals, and brings out a weapon for its work..."     Isaiah 54:16
Hoffman Reproductions
Specializing in Historically Correct 18th and 19th Century Cutlery
" Behold, I Myself have created the smith who blows the fire of coals, and brings out a weapon for its work..."     Isaiah 54:16
We'll be posting new items next Monday!  Thanks!   Ben
Axes for Sale
​#1 18th century styled Pipe Tomahawk.  This one has been closely  based on an original dating from 1758 thought to have been made by John Fraser.  John Fraser was a Gunsmith & Trader living near the forks of the Ohio (Present day Pittsburgh).   His cabin there,  house George Washington and Christopher Gist on one cold winter night in 1753.  Features a hand forged and shaped head measuring 6 3/4" overall with a 2 3/8 " cutting edge.  The blade carries extensive file work to match the original.   The 19 5/8"  ash handle has been hand hewn and  treated with a historically correct stain and oil varnish. The handle has been drilled and is fully smokable.  Also carries a pewter mouth piece.  Edge has been triple tempered and sharpened to a very KEEN degree!   The whole blade has been finished with the period correct method of fine draw filing as opposed to that of a sand paper finish.  Carries a hand turned hickory clean out plug to finish the end off.   $635.00 **SOLD**
#​3 18th centuy styled hammer polled belt axe.  Based on an originals dating from the mid-1700's.  Features a hand forged and shaped head measuring 5 1/2" overall with a 2  5/16" cutting edge which has been sharpened to a very keen degree for cutting/chopping use.  Hammer poll measures 1/2" wide x 1" tall.  The handle has been hand hewn out of Maple and measues 15  3/8" long.  Period correct stain and varnish has been used on the handle.  Wonderful choice for the 1750-1780 time period  $195.00
 ​# 4 18th century styled belt axe has been closely based on an original that was dated to the 1750's. The original was found along Braddock's Rd in Western PA.  The head has been  hand forged  and measures about 5 1/2" overall with a  cutting edge measuring about  2  7/8"   The blade has been triple tempered and sharpened to a keen degree for cutting/chopping use!   15  7/8"  hickory handle has been hand hewn  and shaped as well as having been treated with a historically correct stain and oil varnish.    A great choice for the F & I War period up through the Revolution.   $195.00  **SOLD**  Thank you Ingrid!
​#5  18th century styled hammer polled belt axe.  Hand forged head measures   6 3/8"  overall with a 2  1 /8" cutting edge which has been triple tempered and sharpened to a keen degree! The round hammer poll measures 1/2" in diameter.   16  1/8" hand hewn and shaped  hickory handle has been treated with a historically correct stain and oil varnish.        $200.00  
​#6 18th century "Half Axe".  Simply a smaller version of the heaver felling axe.  Half axes were popular throughout the 1700's and were commonly found on many trading lists of the time period.  To produce this axe,  I have re-shaped and forged an old antique axe head to match the style of those found during the 18th century. This one measures 5  1/8" long with a 3  " cutting edge which has been triple tempered and sharpened to a RAZOR egde!  The 25" hickory handle has been hand hewn and shaped as well as having been finished with a historically correct stain and linseed oil based varnish.    $185.00  
 
CUSTOMER PLEASE NOTE:  There is a $20.00 shipping charge for this item due to its larger size.  **SOLD**  Thank you Hunter
​#7 18th century styled  hammer polled bag axe has been based on an original that was dated to the 1750's.   Hand forged head measures  6" overall with a  1  7/8" " cutting edge which has been sharpened to a keen degree for cutting/chopping use.   The hammer poll measures 1/2" tall x 3 /16" thick.   The  18  1/8"  Curly Maple handle has been hand hewn and finished with historically correct stain  and oil varnish.  Light and lean, Colonial Frontiersmans often favored a small axe such as this with a longer handle to cut down on weight carried but still generate  momentum with  the longer handle.   $185.00  **SOLD**
​#2 18th century styled  English belt axe that was closely based on an original  that was found at a British camp site and dated from 1740's-1780's  Features a hand forged head measuring 4 1/2"" overall with a 2  1/4" cutting edge which has been triple tempered and sharpened to a very keen edge!   14  1/4""  hickory handle has been hand hewn and shaped as well as having been treated with a period correct stain and hand rudded oil varnish.  $190.00  
# 10 Known as "The Fort Meigs Belt Axe" or simply, "A Kentucky Belt Axe".  We will most likely never know the true origin of this iconic belt axe however,  one thing that is for sure,  it's a dandy little bag type axe for use in the woods or field for the 1770-1820 time period.   I have purchased the heads of these axes from a supply house then,  carefully re-forged them by hand to match the size of the original  that was found near the Perrysburg Ohio battlefield.  Re-forging and shaping the blades bevel has also made these much better cutting axes  than from the supply house.  They measure approx 4 1/2" overall with 2" cutting edges which have been sharpened to a very keen degree for chopping use. The poll on the back measures 1 5/8" tall x 1/4" thick.  The handles have been made of hickory wood and measure approx 13 1/2" long.   Handles have been finished with a historically correct stain and oil varnish.    If you are looking for a great little authentic  bag type axe for the late 18th-early-19th century these would fit the bill great!  $95.00  **SOLD** Thank you Matt!                                                                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                                                                                   
The image shown at the right,  is of the original Fort Meigs belt axe upon which our's has been based.  The caption reads, 

    "Belt axe".  Iron head is 4 1/2" long with a 2" cutting edge".  "Found on the battlefield at Ft. Meigs in Perrysburg, Ohio in the early 1900's".  
# 0 Virginia hammer polled belt axe that has been based on an original that was  found in the celler of a Virginia tavern dated to the 1750's.   Head has been re-forged from an old cast steel ax head  and 5 5/8"measures  5  1/8"" overall with a 2 1/2 " cutting edge which has been triple tempered and sharpened to a very keen degree!!!  16  3/4"  hickory handle has been hand hewn and shaped as well as having been treated with historically correct stain and oil varnish.  This one has plenty of heft for those that like the weight of the ax to do the cutting   $185.00   
​#3 A favored weapon of Native American's during the 18th century.  This spike tomahawk has been closely based on an original dating from 1720- 1750 .  Hand shaped and  forged head measures  8-5/8" from spike end to cutting edge.   2-3/16"  cutting  edge  has been triple tempered and sharpened to a keen degree!   16"    hickory handle has been  hand hewn and shaped as well as having been treated with a historically correct stain and oil varnish.     $235.00