GaryKelley...TheBlademaker
                 Reproduction blades of the 1800's

Gary Kelley
17485 SW Pheasant Lane
Beaverton, OR 97006
USA

Our Purpose     
I make authentically styled Early American primitive edged tools for reeanctors, living history enthusiasts and hunters.

garykelley@theblademaker.com

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Nessmuk Gallery

 

This gallery page features Nessmuk Axes made by Gary Kelley. Click on the photo to enlarge it.

First Prototype Nessmuk 2006
Axe

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Nessmuk
Axe

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Harry's
Axe
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Josh's Nessmuk
Axe

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Custom Nessmuk
Axe
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Handle Wrapped Nessmuk Axe
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Dan's Nessmuk
Axe
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Nessmuk
Axe
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Kelley's Nessmuk
Axe with Horsehide
Sheath

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Cody's Nessmuk
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2011 Nessmuk
Hunter's Axe
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Eugene 2011
Hunter's Axe
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Nessmuk Hunter's Axe with 52100 Steel
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Hereís a link to the Kelley Nessmuk Hunterís Axe featured in Tactical Knives Magazine

http://www.tactical-life.com/online/tactical-knives/tactical-customs-15/
 

 My Nessmuk Hunterís axes are made of gun-blued D2 steel, @ Rockwell 60-61. They have flame-hardened hickory handles wrapped with twisted artificial sinew. The sheaths are rawhide reinforced horse hide. The entire axe and sheath weighs about 11 ounces. The last one sold for $395.
 

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Description of Kelley ďNessmukĒ
Hunterís Bag Axe
 

My ďNessmukĒ hunterís axe is about the same size and design of the original Nessmuk axe, writer George Washington Sears commissioned for his own use. However, after extensive research, Iíve chosen to modify his design to better meet my needs, and those of my hunting customers. In the future I may offer a collectorís ďreplicaĒ Nessmuk axe thatís as close to the original woodcuts as is possible. For now Iím perfecting the hunterís bag axe. The head shape and size are near that of the original Nessmuk, with small considerations to match the contours of my grinders. My Kelley Nessmuk handle is a bit shorter, and has more of an hourglass shape, a personal preference. Iíve never seen even a drawing of the original sheath, so I made mine strong, and ďperiodĒ looking with antique oiled saddle leather, hand saddle stitching, and an antiqued elk antler button closure with brain-tanned elkhide thong. The top edge of the sheath is covered on both corners with rawhide to keep the blade from cutting the sheath when you insert it. My custom stamp is on the back of the ample belt loop. I grind my blades as Sears requested his be ground, with one bit coarse for chopping and the other thin and razor sharp for skinning and light whittling of kindling. Iíve used 52100 for some prototypes, D2, and also S5 shock-resistant steel. Iím favoring D2 and S5. Iíll decide for sure after more field-testing and customer response.
 

 


 

Nessmuk ďtrilogyĒ from Searsí book Woodcraft and Camping, 1920.
 


Kelley's Nessmuk
Replica

 

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