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Genuine WW2 Gilpin ARPAX Air Raid Patrol Fire & Rescue Axe c1938-40. Vintage Fireman’s Axe. Retro Bushcraft/Survival/Camping/Toolbox Hatchet {1}
Genuine WW2 Gilpin ARPAX Air Raid Patrol Fire & Rescue Axe c1938-40. Vintage Fireman’s Axe. Retro Bushcraft/Survival/Camping/Toolbox Hatchet {2}
Genuine WW2 Gilpin ARPAX Air Raid Patrol Fire & Rescue Axe c1938-40. Vintage Fireman’s Axe. Retro Bushcraft/Survival/Camping/Toolbox Hatchet {3}
Genuine WW2 Gilpin ARPAX Air Raid Patrol Fire & Rescue Axe c1938-40. Vintage Fireman’s Axe. Retro Bushcraft/Survival/Camping/Toolbox Hatchet {4}
Genuine WW2 Gilpin ARPAX Air Raid Patrol Fire & Rescue Axe c1938-40. Vintage Fireman’s Axe. Retro Bushcraft/Survival/Camping/Toolbox Hatchet {5}
Genuine WW2 Gilpin ARPAX Air Raid Patrol Fire & Rescue Axe c1938-40. Vintage Fireman’s Axe. Retro Bushcraft/Survival/Camping/Toolbox Hatchet {6}
Genuine WW2 Gilpin ARPAX Air Raid Patrol Fire & Rescue Axe c1938-40. Vintage Fireman’s Axe. Retro Bushcraft/Survival/Camping/Toolbox Hatchet {7}
Genuine WW2 Gilpin ARPAX Air Raid Patrol Fire & Rescue Axe c1938-40. Vintage Fireman’s Axe. Retro Bushcraft/Survival/Camping/Toolbox Hatchet {8}
Genuine WW2 Gilpin ARPAX Air Raid Patrol Fire & Rescue Axe c1938-40. Vintage Fireman’s Axe. Retro Bushcraft/Survival/Camping/Toolbox Hatchet {9}
Genuine WW2 Gilpin ARPAX Air Raid Patrol Fire & Rescue Axe c1938-40. Vintage Fireman’s Axe. Retro Bushcraft/Survival/Camping/Toolbox Hatchet {10}
Genuine WW2 Gilpin ARPAX Air Raid Patrol Fire & Rescue Axe c1938-40. Vintage Fireman’s Axe. Retro Bushcraft/Survival/Camping/Toolbox Hatchet {1}
Genuine WW2 Gilpin ARPAX Air Raid Patrol Fire & Rescue Axe c1938-40. Vintage Fireman’s Axe. Retro Bushcraft/Survival/Camping/Toolbox Hatchet {2}
Genuine WW2 Gilpin ARPAX Air Raid Patrol Fire & Rescue Axe c1938-40. Vintage Fireman’s Axe. Retro Bushcraft/Survival/Camping/Toolbox Hatchet {3}
Genuine WW2 Gilpin ARPAX Air Raid Patrol Fire & Rescue Axe c1938-40. Vintage Fireman’s Axe. Retro Bushcraft/Survival/Camping/Toolbox Hatchet {4}
Genuine WW2 Gilpin ARPAX Air Raid Patrol Fire & Rescue Axe c1938-40. Vintage Fireman’s Axe. Retro Bushcraft/Survival/Camping/Toolbox Hatchet {5}
Genuine WW2 Gilpin ARPAX Air Raid Patrol Fire & Rescue Axe c1938-40. Vintage Fireman’s Axe. Retro Bushcraft/Survival/Camping/Toolbox Hatchet {6}
Genuine WW2 Gilpin ARPAX Air Raid Patrol Fire & Rescue Axe c1938-40. Vintage Fireman’s Axe. Retro Bushcraft/Survival/Camping/Toolbox Hatchet {7}
Genuine WW2 Gilpin ARPAX Air Raid Patrol Fire & Rescue Axe c1938-40. Vintage Fireman’s Axe. Retro Bushcraft/Survival/Camping/Toolbox Hatchet {8}
Genuine WW2 Gilpin ARPAX Air Raid Patrol Fire & Rescue Axe c1938-40. Vintage Fireman’s Axe. Retro Bushcraft/Survival/Camping/Toolbox Hatchet {9}
Genuine WW2 Gilpin ARPAX Air Raid Patrol Fire & Rescue Axe c1938-40. Vintage Fireman’s Axe. Retro Bushcraft/Survival/Camping/Toolbox Hatchet {10}

Genuine WW2 Gilpin ARPAX Air Raid Patrol Fire & Rescue Axe c1938-40. Vintage Fireman’s Axe. Retro Bushcraft/Survival/Camping/Toolbox Hatchet

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Genuine WW2 Gilpin ARPAX Air Raid Patrol Fire & Rescue Axe c1938-40. Vintage Fireman’s Axe. Retro Bushcraft/Survival/Camping/Toolbox Hatchet

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This is a rare William Gilpin version of the WW2 period “ARPAX” Air Raid
Patrol Fire & Rescue Axe.

It was made at Gilpin’s Wedges Mill Forge in Cannock to a design agreed by a
House of Commons committee chaired by Sir Winston Churchill.

It had become apparent by the early 1930s, that if War broke out again, there
would be heavy damage to infrastructure from enemy bombing & plans were made &
materials sourced to cope with the carnage.

The axe was named the ARPAX & although primarily for the A.R.P. it was also
used by civilian & military fire & rescue units until the late 1960s.

The head & shaft are a single piece of 8mm thick wrought tool steel, easy &
fairly cheap to produce but very strong.

The long, non-slip handle is covered in black vulcanised rubber, tested to be
electric shock resistant up to 20,000 volts. This was essential when clearing
bombed areas with live cables & machinery.
Ironically, Wedges Mill suffered severe bomb damaged & was demolished around
1946-47.

The archive photo shows London A.R.P. Members during the Blitz, wearing the
ARPAX in its canvas shoulder holster.

This example is in excellent vintage condition with expected light surface
wear & pitting but no cracks or damage. The rubber is slightly worn, but in
great shape, unperished & complete.
It’s had a fairly rough grind at some point, but will sharpen up like a razor
with a little work.

Please have a good look at all the photos & message me with any questions.

Faintly stamped Gilpin’s, Made in England with the famous Crossed Axes trade
mark. Model 125. Tested 20,000 Volts. No patent stamp, so very early production.

It measures about 38cm long x 20cm accross the head x 6.5cm blade width. 1050g
weight.

A rare, museum quality tool & still perfect for home or work use, camping,
bushcraft, wilderness hiking or WW2 & Mid Century Period reenactments.

Shipping is Tracked/Insured only. Please refer to the listed rates.

(Gilpin’s Trades Guild Catalog (1897) extract courtesy of Grace’s Guide, with
many thanks).
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