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Post by the barnacle on Sat Mar 24, 2018 2:37 pm

I saw this axe come up for sale so on a whim put a bid on it and was surprised a low bid got it - i wasn't sure when i bid if it was genuine as the pictures weren't to good but when it arrived i couldn't believe how big it was - the rock is like flint and rings when tapped - its really heavy - after hand polishing an axe i can see all the signs of it been genuinely hand polished on a stone - and the shape / knap marks point to this. would love to know where the material came from - its similar to the Langland Tuff but much darker. 
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Post by the barnacle on Sat Mar 24, 2018 2:38 pm

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Post by grendel on Sun Mar 25, 2018 1:56 pm

absolutely beautiful

is it British? If so it may be from the Langham Axe factory which used green stone. However green stone was common throughout the world. I saw some Saharan African ones on Ebay that were green.

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Post by the barnacle on Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:34 am

i think its British but can't be 100% would love to compile a list of Axe factory sites in the uk
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Post by grendel on Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:17 am

I read somewhere Langdale alone had 250 axe working sites.  I doubt anyone has ever done such a survey.

Seems a lot, especially in Wales.
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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:57 pm

Too dark for Great Langdale (volcanic tuff), try Papua New Guinea. A damn nice axe though, and a good bid.
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