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Posted: 10/12/2010 19:09:33
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Pics of picks would be nice. Smile IP: 86.27.41.22 Edited: 10/12/2010 19:10:24 by Morlock
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Posted: 10/12/2010 19:11:47
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Where is the wanted section? IP: 86.142.186.225
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Posted: 10/12/2010 19:31:27
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Posted: 10/11/2011 05:55:45
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Well, it would be a pick Roadmans Colliery, soak the sleeper selection for digging and Hammer knocks ends in cramps.



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Posted: 10/11/2011 20:44:51
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We used to make our own one sided picks by simply chopping the other side short with an angle grinder.

Twiggs in Matlock used to sell miners size pick but I'm not sure if they still do?
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Posted: 10/11/2011 20:49:29
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Poll pick,
Made one of these when I first started to be interested in mines-about 40 years ago!
I recovered a broken pick head from a disused Derbyshire Mine then using a junior hacksaw cut off the offending broken side to make a hammer- head. Then fitted it to a new pick shaft.
Did all that was asked of it!
Should be a lot easier to do today because we now have angle-grinders!
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Posted: 11/11/2011 11:14:26
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I bought the handles from http://www.richardcarterltd.co.uk

They are one of the last suppliers of mining tools apparently but stock everything you could want Smile and very good price too.

Catalogue here - http://www.richardcarterltd.co.uk/assets/RCLBrochure2010.pdf

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Posted: 11/11/2011 15:00:58
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Thanks Edd, just e-mailed them to check what they have for an 'ACME' copy.

Anyone know what company SBS is/was?



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Posted: 11/11/2011 18:01:42
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Don't know but it prompted me to look at mine,yes I'm a hoarder!!!! and still have my hammer and shaft(Pick). Mine has the SBS but on the other side is an 0, i see yours is a number 1 Different sizes,?? IP: 195.93.21.36
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Posted: 11/11/2011 20:10:54
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This is an extract from the Hardypick Catalogue


http://www.aditnow.co.uk/documents/Personal-Album-1334/Hardypick-catalogue.PDF
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Posted: 11/11/2011 21:25:45
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PeteJ wrote:

This is an extract from the Hardypick Catalogue


http://www.aditnow.co.uk/documents/Personal-Album-1334/Hardypick-catalogue.PDF


Thanks Pete, I've not been able to find my catalogue for years!

On checking, I appear to have at least another No1 (with shortened handle) plus 4 No1 plain pick blades, also a larger blade which must be for a No2.
Just hope that new shafts of somewhere near the right size are available.
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Posted: 11/11/2011 22:46:06
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edd wrote:

I bought the handles from http://www.richardcarterltd.co.uk

They are one of the last suppliers of mining tools apparently but stock everything you could want Smile and very good price too.

Catalogue here - http://www.richardcarterltd.co.uk/assets/RCLBrochure2010.pdf




Sadly they do not stock shafts for Mandrels or Handles for Colliers Hatchets,
But will manufacture,minimum order of 500
So have resorted to make my own.
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Posted: 12/11/2011 03:42:53
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Here's a couple of shots of one of their billheads.
The paper on which this is printed is like the 'bible tissue' of years ago.
It's a wonder they were able to write on it at all, it is just so thin!
Just for the hell of it, I miked up a piece of 80gsm paper and that was 0.10mm
The Hardy's billhead miked up at .0375mm....Not too hardy Laugh



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Posted: 12/11/2011 14:44:07
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Much joy, found an old smallish handle I had lying about for 30 odd years!
Once cleaned up a bit a 6 or 9 stamp appeared, any ideas?



IP: 86.31.253.134 Edited: 12/11/2011 14:45:22 by Morlock
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Posted: 12/11/2011 23:58:00
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Morlock wrote:


Anyone know what company SBS is/was?





Haven't found SBS (yet), but did find this page with some quite excellent pictures of mining tools

http://www.miningartifacts.org/toolsandhardware.html
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Posted: 04/09/2018 06:03:05
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Hullo Manicminer.
I have two "poll picks", which I inherited from my great-grandfather, who was originally from Wales, I believe. Doing some research on them, as I have no real idea of their original purpose or cost, I found out they are known as "poll" or "pole" picks.
I think they would be good for opal mining, being long and narrow and sharp, for working lying side-on in a stope.
I can send you pictures of them if you wish. These are not your ordinary old pick; they have quite pointed tips, and the hammer-head on one of them has clearly been repaired by a blacksmith or similar. The cheek of one appears to have been broken and repaired.
I think the handles, which are longish, are probably made from hickory; one faces inwards, one faces out, opposite to an axe-handle.

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Posted: 06/09/2018 03:02:52
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In Cornwall the poll pick took the form of a pick spike at one end and a short hammer at the other.
The one in this photo has an 8 inch long pick and a 4 long inch hammer, and is typical of the types used for centuries in this county, and no doubt in other counties.
The word Pol in Cornish can refer to a pool or indeed a well. This sort of pick would be well suited to sinking a well with it's short dimensions.
It's always been believed that the pol or poll pick, was a Cornish name that has been adopted throughout the mining world. Similarly, many other mining names and terms can also trace their roots back to Cornish origins.



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Posted: 06/09/2018 07:55:42
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Contrary to what Roy has posted, I always thought, that Poll picks were of a German origin,
Most of the original miners in this country came from that country!
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Posted: 09/09/2018 22:39:12
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You may well be right John. The Germans had an influence on mining in Cornwall from very early days. The pick has always been associated with mining, and a few different patterns have appeared that are generally pertinent to the type of ground in a particular region.
How the name Pol Pick or Poll Pick came about is open to question. I wonder if this name is common or similar in other languages?

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Posted: 10/09/2018 09:00:44
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Possibly a bit off-topic, but the term' poleaxed' may be relevant here.
The pollaxe was a military weapon, but also a farming implement - if the axe part became stuck then it could be freed with blows to the short 'poll' at the back. Alternatively, the poll could be used as a livestock slaughtering instrument, the the reverse axe part adding weight to the strike. The blow was normally administered to the skull, roughly between the eyes but slightly higher.
Very similar to a modern 'captive bolt' gun in use and effect.

The implement in the picture certainly looks like it could be used in that way too.
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