Gilpin fireman axe Cannock England

Fireman axe Gilpin Cannock England
Fireman axe Gilpin Cannock England

Here is a old Gilpin fireman axe made in Cannock England (no sheath) I manage to score at a garage sale recently. I tried looking up the internet for information on the axe but could not find much information. Some sources like this indicates that the company could have been around since 1834 but when exactly this particular axe was made is still a mystery.

If I had to guess, I would say this Gilpin fireman axe is from the 1940s. Some website indicates that this particular axe has been used in G.B and USA. This particular fireman axe has a rubber handle, something very different to the older fireman axes that has a metal head attached to a wooden handle. This No.125 fireman axe is in fair condition with what I would describe as a very blunt edge sort of axe. It made sense as this axe would probably be up against doors, walls, wirings etc…not so much for carving or tree felling tasks.

The Gilpin's fireman axe edge profile compared to the edge on the Silky Ono hatchet
The Gilpin’s fireman axe edge profile compared to the edge on the Silky Ono hatchet
The rubber handle Gilpin axe has a blunt edge
The rubber handle Gilpin axe has a blunt edge
The Gilpin fireman axe compared to the Silky Ono axe
The Gilpin fireman axe compared to the Silky Ono hatchet

This axe roughly about 1kg. There are several similar axes being sold on ebay international website. They don’t seem to fetch a lot of price. The fireman axes by Gilpin with wooden handle seems to have a bigger following. Here is a good thread on BCUK about similar axes. There are several markings on the axe. See pics below.

This axe is supposedly tested to 20000 volts insulation.
This axe is supposedly tested to 20000 volts insulation.
Barely visible Gilpin Cannock England markings
Barely visible Gilpin Cannock England markings
Model number for the Gilpin fireman axe?
Model number for the Gilpin fireman axe?

I wish I could find more information about this Gilpin fireman axe. I have decided to keep this axe for my own keeping. Have in hung on the wall at home…who knows when one will be needing to use a tool such as this. If you have more information on this axe and would like to share it with me, please feel free to drop me a line via Get Me page.

Thank you