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Helve   Listen
noun
Helve  n.  
1.
The handle of an ax, hatchet, or adze.
2.
(Iron Working)
(a)
The lever at the end of which is the hammer head, in a forge hammer.
(b)
A forge hammer which is lifted by a cam acting on the helve between the fulcrum and the head.






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"Helve" Quotes from Famous Books



... From his axe's eye a bit of oak. The forest must needs be somewhat spared While such a loss was being repair'd. Came the man at last, and humbly pray'd That the woods would kindly lend to him— A moderate loan—a single limb, Whereof might another helve be made, And his axe should elsewhere drive its trade. O, the oaks and firs that then might stand, A pride and a joy throughout the land, For their ancientness and glorious charms! The innocent Forest lent him arms; But bitter indeed ...
— A Hundred Fables of La Fontaine • Jean de La Fontaine

... believe it was out of mere contradiction that I sat down to read and correct it, merely because I would not be bound to do aught that seemed compulsory. So I scribbled at a piece of nonsense till two o'clock, and then walked to the lake. At night I flung helve after hatchet, and spent the evening in reading the Doom of Devorgoil to the girls, who seemed considerably interested. Anne objects to the mingling the goblinry, which is comic, with the serious, which is tragic. After all, I could greatly improve it, ...
— The Journal of Sir Walter Scott - From the Original Manuscript at Abbotsford • Walter Scott

... response; but he leaned over, reached out his hand, and picked up an unfinished axe-helve that stood in the corner. Then he took the little boy by the arm, and pushed him out of the way, saying in his ...
— Nights With Uncle Remus - Myths and Legends of the Old Plantation • Joel Chandler Harris

... wonderfully helps experience. He watched closely one of the older men, and analyzed the relation borne by each one of his movements to the object in view. In a short time he perceived that one hand and arm are mere continuations of the helve, attaching the blade of the ax to the shoulder of the wielder; and that the other hand directs the stroke. He acquired the knack thus of throwing the bit of steel into the gash as though it were a baseball on the end of a string; and so accomplished power. By experiment ...
— The Blazed Trail • Stewart Edward White

... generations of plowmen. Look at a Collins ax; it is also the record of man's thought. Lay it side by side with the hatchet of Uncas or Miantonomoh, or with an ax of the age of bronze, and think how many minds have worked on the head and on the helve, how much skill has been spent in getting the metal, in making it hard, in shaping the edge, in fixing the weight, in forming the handle. From simple tools, turn to complex; to the printing press, the sewing machine, ...
— Scientific American Supplement, No. 497, July 11, 1885 • Various

... throw the helve after the hatchet! What! send the conspiracy to the devil, when it is going on wheels! Nonsense; and ...
— The Conspirators - The Chevalier d'Harmental • Alexandre Dumas (Pere)

... strength possessed by Mr. Lincoln. In muscular power he was one in a thousand. One morning, while we were sitting on deck, he saw an axe in a socket on the bulwarks, and taking it up, he held it at arm's length at the extremity of the helve with his thumb and forefinger, continuing to hold it there for a number of minutes. The most powerful sailors on board tried in vain to imitate him. Mr. Lincoln said he could do this when he was eighteen years of age, and had never seen ...
— The Every-day Life of Abraham Lincoln • Francis Fisher Browne



Words linked to "Helve" :   reap hook, handle, steel, brand, blade, sword, ax, reaping hook, hold, haft, awl, grip, sickle, knife, axe, dagger, handgrip, sticker



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