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Motor City Axe

Updated: Sep 4, 2019

Inspiration can come in all forms. While rummaging through his belonging after my grandfather past away nearly 3 years ago, I stumbled upon his vintage Kelly Axe & Tool Co. hatchet. Although never seeing him use it, I wanted to keep this tool as a memory of him.

My grandfather had immigrated to Detroit in the early 1920's. With the same entrepreneurial spirit we embrace here today, my grandfather made a name for himself. Teaming up with his younger brother, the duo started a very successful company and were able to provide for their combined 10 children.

The city of Detroit, the city we call home, has also been an inspiration for us. Countless times, most notably in the fire of 1805 and in 2013 upon filing for bankruptcy, Detroit has been counted out. Just as the tools we cherish were forged in fire and have 'risen from the ashes,' the city has done the same. Detroit has seen a remarkable comeback and is blossoming into a thriving tech hub.

The flag of the city of Detroit was designed in 1907 by David E. Heineman and was officially adopted as the city's flag in 1948. The two Latin mottos read Speramus Meliora and Resurget Cineribus, meaning "We hope for better things" and "It will rise from the ashes", which was written by Gabriel Richard after the fire of 1805.

After refurbishing my grandfather's hatchet, I discovered a passion for old tools such as axes and hatchet. This grew into a small side business collecting and refurbishing old tools. In the back of my mind, I always remembered my grandfather's resilience and entrepreneurial mind-set .

With that we launch Motor City Axe. Join us.

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