Tool Treasure Trove: 17th Annual Midwest Antique Tool Sale

Collectors swarm over vintage tools at one of the few tool collectors’ shows open to the public

An axe head with a grub blade welded on the back
David Minor, Batavia, Ill., showed an axe head with a grub blade welded on the back. “This was invented by ‘Big Ed’ Pulaski, who worked as a U.S. Forest Service ranger in Idaho,” he says. “He welded the first grub blade on an axe so they could dig and chop with the same tool to fight a big forest fire in Idaho in 1910. They still use these tools today in several agencies.”
Lyle R. Rolfe