Thursday, December 26, 2013

Spike Ax

OAL 15 3/8 inches
head 4 inches
bit 2 1/4 inches

Copy and photo supplied by a friend of Contemporary Makers.


  1. What is the purpose of the feather stuffed in a hole on the underside of the stock?


  2. Richard, I am assuming this comment was meant for the Duprey rifle. The feather, traditionally a Blue Jay feather is used as vent hole pick

  3. I was always under the impression (and used it as such)that the feather was used to hold the powder in the barrel as the touch hole eroded and got bigger. The big touch hole allows for a faster ignition.