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Does anyone know things about axes. Dad has 9, one is a Sorby, one name appears to be John Rile? Some seem specialist and some very old. Any help greatly appreciated. Thank you, Linda
 

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Most of them are Kent pattern axes (Big cheeks), mostly by unknown makers but there can be a few desirable ones like a Greaves.
The one with the ball on the end of the handle is probably a lath hammer rather than an axe.
The two left most axes are generic cheap boy's axes.
The cutting implement to the left of the axes is called a slasher, for cutting small branches in trees and hedges.
The two saws are called Bow saws.
The bottom right obvious one is a sickle 8)

You're probably better off sawing off the handles of the axes and just putting the heads on eBay. People love making their own handles and seem to pay more for a head of an axe than a complete one :| plus it's easier to post. Keep the slasher for Halloween :lol:
 

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Well thank you, that's a very great help. It's very kind of you. It is making the task so much less isolated. I'll have a clean up of them and try find other names, Robert Sorby axes seem to be sought after.

I've not been brave enough to try eBay yet, just cutting my teeth on Gumtree.
 

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Having done some cleaning of the axes one is an I Sorby (Mr Punch brand] No 3. Anyone any thoughts on it?
 

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There are far more knowledgeable people on here who know a lot about the old Sheffield makers but if I remember correctly I.Sorby doesn't actually have any connection to the Robert Sorby tools we see today. But the I.Sorby tools are quite well sought after as they're quite rare and a very good quality item, I suspect you would get a decent price for it, possibly around the £25 mark.
 

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Many thanks, I read up on the sorby manufacturing history. Many family members involved. I sorby was family. Thank you for the pricing help. They just looked like a pile of old axes a few days ago now I know they are Kent pattern, a lathe setter, an I sorby and a John Riley. I feel better knowing something about what we are dealing with, lots of learning about tools and makers and Sheffield. Feels like Sheffield was the centre of the world once. Also i feel at least knowing something is more respectful to Dad. Thank you
 
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