Atha Hammers - General Notes

Last updated: 30 September 2016

THE ATHA TOOL COMPANY

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Elegant 1889 Atha Tool Company receipt


The Atha Tool Company was located in Newark, New Jersey. It may have had it's origins as the Newark Steel Works in the late 1870s (the early history of the company is somewhat clouded). In the early 1880s (some sources list 1884) it was renamed The Atha Tool Company and was incorporated under that name by Benjamin Atha in 1891. The Atha Tool Company manufactured and supplied to the metalworking and woodworking trades a wide range of steel hand tools: hammers of all types and configurations, blacksmith's tools, railroad tools, farrier's tools, tongs, vises, hatchets, axes, dividers, compasses, calipers, scissors, saw sets, nail sets, punches, screw drivers, drill bits, trowels, ladles, cleavers, nippers, knives, bush hooks, etc.

I own a reprint copy (Bud Brown Publishing Company, Temple, PA) of an Atha Tool Company price list that bears an 1883 date on the front cover. Other sources suggest the date of this price list is 1888. In any event it is an invaluable resource (containing many excellent line drawings and descriptions of tools) for researching Atha Company products and I have consulted it frequently while writing this web page.

The Atha Tool Company established an enviable reputation for design excellence and superior quality and their tools, particularly hammers, were in great demand especially by blacksmiths and woodworkers. The Atha Tool Company - along with their entire line of tools - was acquired by The Stanley Rule & Level Co. in 1913.


ATHA TRADEMARK STAMPS

The Atha basic trademark was a capital letter A inside an inverted horseshoe.

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Style 1 - Basic horseshoe trademark

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Style 2 - Tool No. over basic horseshoe trademark

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Style 3 - ATHA in horseshoe border

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Style 4 - ATHA in horseshoe border MADE IN USA underneath

Handles were of straight grained hickory and were finished in clear lacquer.

I have used Atha Company descriptions and weights for the hammers I depict on this page which I believe have original handles. Weights include the handle (unlike the practice employed by some other manufacturers of hammers such as Stanley who only included the head).


TYPICAL ATHA HAMMERS


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Adze Eye Brad Hammer (6 oz.)

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Style 3 Trademark stamp on head left cheek


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Adze Eye Nail Hammer (11 oz.)

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Style 3 Trademark stamp on head left cheek


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Adze Eye Nail Hammer (1lb 8 oz.)

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Style 4 Trademark stamp on head left cheek


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Blacksmith's Hand Hammer (2 lbs.)

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Style 2 Trademark stamp on underside of head


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Chipping Hammer (2 lbs.)

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Style 1 Trademark stamp on underside of head


REFERENCES


Go to the Vintage Woodworking Hand Tools page