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Material Evidence of the Development of Metalworking Technology at the Collins Axe Factory

Robert B. Gordon
IA. The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology
Vol. 9, No. 1 (1983), pp. 19-28
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40968041
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Abstract

Examination of an in-process axe sample made in 1866 shows the use of concave dies attached to rolls to form the axe body. The dies used were not closed and were intended to work the metal by the gradual application of pressure rather than by hammer blows. In his design of metalworking machinery for the Collins axe works, E. K. Root matched forming operations to the specific requirements of making each axe component. Greatly increased production and improved working conditions resulted. Because of its specialized character, this new technology was not easily transferred to the manufacture of other products.

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