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Clark, Gass, and others are away on a long hunting trip. Lewis writes that the Missouri war axes that they are making for the Indians are not an effective weapon. He writes that the French style is even worse.

From the journals...

visited by many of the natives who brought a considerable quanty of corn in payment for the work which the blacksmith had done for them— they are pecuarly attatched to a battle ax formed in a very inconvenient manner in my opinion.

Meriwether Lewis

French espontoon style war axe

Fancy, Indian war axe

the Coal being ready for the blacksmith to work    the Savages bring corn to have their war axes made & to get Scrapers to dress their buffaloe Robes with &.C.—

John Ordway

Missouri war axe

Missouri War Axe