Rare PICKAXE Restoration, World War 2 - US ARMY 1944

Publicado em 19 Mar 2021
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Restoration of a rare broken trench pickaxe who was left behind in Bastogne, Belgium during the battle of Bastogne in World War 2 - 1944. See me restore this war relic and make it beautiful and functional again.

This pickaxe is a war relic from the World War 2 Battle of Bastogne in Belgium. Where the Allies and Axis fought as a part of the larger Battle of the Bulge. This is a Mattock Plumb from 1942, the model the allied forces among others used on the battlefield in Europe.

I am very sure of the origin of this pickaxe as I have been to Belgium and picked it up with a lot of other WW2 relics. I bought a larger batch with relics who has been hidden in a barn for 75 years. I bought this because it was broken in two pieces and I thought it would be cool and very respectful to give it a new life.

I started by gentle cleaning the top of the pickaxe where I suspected there could be some marking to identify its origin. I found the U.S. PLUMB 1942 markings under all the rust and dust. I sandblasted the pickaxe and welded the two parts together. I did a lot of grinding and polishing and choosed a very beautiful smoked us oak for the handle.

This is such a beautiful war relic and I hope that you enjoy this restoration video. Please subscribe if you want to see more cool upcoming projects 🙂 And DON’T FORGET TO SEE my RARE WW2 LIGHTER RESTORATION - brdown.net/top/gIimn4-0o6OobpM/video

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    • @grimmy grimmz you are correct. The "101" stamped in the metal is a unit identifier. During the Battle of the Bulge in 1944 the 101st Airborne was operating behind enemy lines holding the city of Bastogne in Belgium. General McAuliffe was in charge of the division at the time under the First Army and was charged with holding the city despite being entirely surrounded by German forces. Amazingly he did hold the city until the 82nd Airborne could get there to support. This pick axe was most likely used to help dig trenches for battle. The Battle of the Bulge took place during December and so the ground would have been frozen solid and impossible to dig with the standard trench shovel.

    • Fed video fedt at du rent faktisk fikser de ting

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    • Jej

  • The 101 prob either means thats was the 101st pickaxe head, or that was the model, its just a guess, but lmk if you agree

  • Not Bad👍

  • Finally someone to use a sandblaster to remove rust from things you restore

  • You missed a few designs

  • Why use water to quench? I thought that could crack the metal.

  • Great work. But with 5Mil subs and beer endorsments.....you don't need to shill for a video game.

    • @Awesome Restorations My apologies. I think I was in a bad mood that day. Your work is outstanding and how you make money is non of my business. Again, sorry. Wish you did have beer sponsors :)

    • 😁😁 no sponsor beer - they could at least send me some boxes of beer for all that advertising 🍻

  • i think the 101 stands for the 101st Airborne Division that was in "the battle of Bulge" in Belgium :)

  • I mean, it's not what I would do in my spare time, but very impressive.

  • Thanks for the motivation!😁🐯🔨🔨🔧🔧🔆🔔🔔🔓🔦🔑🔐

  • こんにちは😊 Hello😊 お久しぶりです。 Long time no see. 日本語の字幕をありがとうございます。 Japanese subtitle.Thank you very much. 日本から応援しています😊 I support you from Japan.😊

  • Holy crap he talks 😂😂😂🤣

  • Check out my preservation of 1800's roofing hatchet/ probably plumb.... Skoal!

  • Maybe 101 airborn division, which participate in a Day D operation. Although airbornes don't need to make a holes and reduts. Maybe it is another unit.

  • I love your restorations

  • 101st Airborne Division who were surrounded in the village of bastogne

  • I can't belive you clanched it in water :o That turn the metal in to crystals. Very likely to break again. I love the stem.

  • 101st airborne. Too easy. I was 3ID

  • "NO COMMENT'S"‼️ Excellent, bravo, super from Baku, Azerbaijan. You have a wonderful workshop 😉😊‼️👍🇦🇿

  • I like the fact that he puts a black square while he is welding

    • @Awesome Restorations thank you that you are caring about our eyes (especially dark mode users)

    • glad you appreciated it - thanks :)

  • Доктор дью: ГЛАЗАААа!

  • It stands for 101st airborne which did fight in basgtone

  • 👍🏼💙

  • Brilliant!

  • Beauutiful Restoration, man! I love Pick-Axes with the flat-end

  • 101 полк

  • a lot of job but a great result !

  • Not a pickaxe. Tis a mattock

  • 時代を感じさせつるはし👍

  • Beautiful!

  • Yes! Uau! Ficou muito lindo! Você honra todos os guerreiros do mundo em luta pela liberdade! Vc é um artista! Deus o abençoe!💚💛💚🙏🙏🙏

  • Freaking awesome!


  • Omg... Finally you speak...

  • Pretty sure 101 stands for the 101st airborne

  • Well I super late on this but 101 most likely means the 101st airborne division. They were a large part in the battle of the bulge.

  • I assume 101st airborne. Amazing find and awesome restoration

  • It’s sad to think that the man/men who used that are most likely gone.

  • 101 это скорее всего номер дивизии или серийный номер.

  • عمل ممتاز 👌👏👏👏👏👏👏👏♥️🇩🇿

  • are you swedish bro?

  • Хорошая работа Мастер,мне нравится.Лови лайк

  • Wonderful work for 101 Airborne "PARATROOPERS" 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

  • Ты просто красавчик 😍

  • I think 101 is the 101st division ???

  • Awesome awesome awesome job of restoring a piece of history it came out beautiful

  • I was stationed at ramstein 2009-2010 taking care of wounded coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan I spent almost every weekend in bust on area all the history is amazing that's awesome what you're doing is carrying history on

    • thanks a lot for your comment - you've done an amazing job much respect :)

  • It means the screaming eagles 101st airborne

  • This might be the 2nd coolest thing ive ever seen on YT. The 1st is the Vietnam medic zippo you restored. You are truly a master of restorations. Do you find these things to restore or do people send them to you because i wish i could find stuff half as cool as this lol the respect you give these precious things is so heartwarming ❤ thanks for all your hard work!

    • @Awesome Restorations thats awesome. Ive been binge watching your videos because its honestly fascinating. I subbed too 😊 have a great day!

    • thanks so much :) most of the objects I buy from stores or people around the world. Occasionally things are send to me from followers

  • Thus is a mattock for working the land very good tool dangerous people must work away from each other. It will go through a skull like a chocolate Easter egg. Instant death. Work far apart with this great tool a mattock.

  • My big respect for the victims to the war. You work beautiful 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  • Can you imagine the history of that pickaxe?

  • Hai sbagliato è una zappa quale piccone certo informati prima di metterlo nel titolo fai più bella figura

  • 101st Airborne is what 101 means. Never knew they used garden tools.

  • Sir, may I ask you how you developed this skill set with such a variety of metals and chemicals? Absolutely breathtaking

  • Да, Брат ты в очередной раз сотворил чудо!!! Всё круто, от отжига до выбора дерева для рукояти и закалки металла!!! Спасибо что спасаешь вещи от забвения и даришь им вторую жизнь!!!! Большой привет из России!!!😎😉🙂☺😀😄🙄💪👌👏🖒👍🇷🇺🇷🇺🇷🇺🇷🇺🇷🇺🇷🇺🇷🇺🇷🇺🇷🇺

  • El número 101 significa el número de serie

  • 101 means that it's like SOS but old version?

  • Hickory would have been the original handle material.

  • The 101 was probably the mold cast number so that if there is a defect they can mend that mold. Plumb or any manufacturer wasn't taking the time to personalize tools for regiments let alone divisions. They were just contributing to the Arsenal of Democracy.

  • 101st Airborne

  • Hundred and First 😢 I wonder if he made it home

  • My favorite part of the video is the sandblasting. Please show more. Thank you.

  • maybe 101 airborne

  • O Número do soldado ?

  • Aca en Peru decimos pico porque es una herramienta para chacra o el campo sembrio.

  • 101st AD

  • . .

  • "101" - кирка пожарного!)

  • 101 stand for , do nor sell on black-market..

  • This is really cool who knows could it be left behind by EASY COMPANY for anybody who has seen "BAND OF BROTHERS"absolutely best war movie or series I guess ever made watched all of it at least a dozen times over the years but great restoration and video love it!

    • Hi Jason, agree Band of Brothers is amazing :) thanks I am glad you liked my video

  • Made in world war 2. These pick axes were made for cold and frozen ground. They are very rare, and have some value to them.

  • Precioso 👏👏👏👍👍👍

  • ну и какой му дак болгаркой отрезал от кирки зуб? автор не в курсе?

  • it could be like 101 dalmatians🤭🤭🤭

  • 101st "Screaming Eagles" Airborne... HOOAH!

  • 101st Airborne division

  • Axe looks amazing probably looks better now then it did back then.

  • The original handle is 32 inches long, it came with a shovel with the Willie's jeep.

  • advertising? really?

  • This video hit close to home. My grandfather was in the 101st airborne division and he was at Bastogne. This could have been his pickaxe or he knew it’s owner. Thank you for restoring this piece of history,

  • As always, love looking for the subtle details you add in the background. Excellent restoration.

  • I’m totally in awe. Tears are quite close though. My stepfather was a F.E.P.O.W. held in a camp of 100 always had 100 p.o.w’s. They were held on a small island, hardly any food just meagre rations. He was in charge of the furnace, break the legs before putting them in it. There was an opportunity for a few of F.E.P.O.W s to fly to Japan to inform the younger people the “missing parts” of information that was withheld in Japanese history. They never knew of my the Camp my stepfather was in. It was very quickly put together and he took them all there. Straight to the area where the camp was. Still bones in the man made furnace. They had to hack thru the bamboo ahead of all of the people but it showed everyone that there were still things they never knew. My daughter also went to Japan, flown 1st Class, as my parents had been too. It’s unreal how much information is still unknown but it is. Thank you for all you do in repairing with such love items that were once lost and broken.

  • Yeah, all 101 gathered here.

  • I think 101 could be the number of the tank that pickax was set to use because soldier would put pickaxes on the side of their tanks in order to get them easier and theres a possibility that it could have been shot off.

  • 🦉👍🏻

  • I like sandblasting, but I also liked chipping away after spraying with WD(?),I think that was what was used, it could have been water

  • I think it was from the 101st division of the US combat forces.

  • Is the Sandblaster just like sand paper but 1000 times better? Because I don't have a sandblasters, so I'm using sandpaper

  • A man who survived in a foxhole dug in frozen ground, may owe his life to that pick.

  • Oops I answered at the start of the vid and did not know the ending, sorry.

  • Perhaps 101 st airbourn?

  • Stunning!

  • Muito top

  • Esche (oder Hikory) ist aufgrund der verhältnismäßigen Langfaserigkeit und damit verbundenen Elastizität mit Abstand am Besten für Werkzeugstiele geeignet. Eiche oder Wahlnuss bricht bei extremer Belastung zu leicht! Ansonsten beeindruckend schöne Arbeit!!!

  • Having all the right tools and equipment makes it look easy.

    • the right tools and equipment does make it easier but they don't do all the work for you ;)

  • 101 - didn’t hit me til the end. Well done. Well done.

  • I really love your videos. You´re doing a great job there :)

  • Мне почему-то кажется, что цифра там не 101, а 104. Начиная с 7:40 показана крупно надпись. У первой цифры 1 внизу черточка, у последней нет ... мне кажется это странным. А контуры цифры 4 очень четко видны.

  • I think 101 is 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔