WWII US Army Axe-
The item featured here is a US Army axe. Manufactured by the Plumb company, a well renown maker
of blades during WWI and WWII. The maker marking is found on one side of the thick part of the blade.
The year 1944 indicates the manufacturing period.
Axes have been used in combat by armies throughout the ages. In modern combat, the role of the
axe has been transitioned from a weapon to a utilitarian tool. The main role of an axe during
WWII was to cut wood or material for things such as building a fire, building shelters, etc.
The design of the WWII axe consisted of a single edge head with a flat end on the opposite side.
The handle is made of wood. The size is between 12 to 18 inches. Which made it easy to carry.
A axe covers cam in leather and canvis. They all had a single snap flap to secure the axe in place.
The covers also had a wire type hook attached to the back so it could be attached to a belt.
This page is a recognition and identification guide for WWII US edge weapons. Multiple
detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out clearly defined
points that should be noted.
One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my WWII knife or sword worth?".
A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the edge weapons
is reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth
of US militaria in the collector's market is illustrated.
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It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because
the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with
the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this edge weapon.
Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of
If you have an interest is seeing other WWII edge weapons, you can do so by
going to our
WWII US Edge Weapons
identification guide. Where we cover Army, Navy, Army Air Force and other organizations.