Dating antique axe heads

We've already downed a couple of old hickories with ours since we restored it and it is a good chopper. Yours is in a lot better shape starting out 5ilverado ... Naval jelly will take that rust right off and you can etch it with muratic acid if you want - it's not expensive.

A gallon is like .00 - it is used to clean brick and pools and things like that. I'd also recommend you wedge it with a steel wedge and epoxy whatever handle you decide to use.

It took a lot of naval jelly, a lot of muratic acid and a lot of scrubbing to get it ready to prime and paint.

You MUST get all the rust off first - then prime with a rust inhibitor, then paint with a good enamel paint. I remember my Grandpappy having it in the sixties - my Dad thinks he had it when him and Mom were married in the fifties ... He used to be bad about using it to mix concrete - I don't know why but it took me a couple of days of scrubbing with a metal brush to get all that old concrete out of the crevices.

I believe it is hand forged due to the rough shape. My question is whether or not it is usable or just a keep sake at this point. no matter how worthless to other people is a treasure to you! Good thread on old axes here: Axe/Hatchet Information Thread __________________ "All the whores and politicians will look up and shout 'SAVE US!! Axes of a strict dimension have been around since Roman times...

I've tried to clean up the edge a little with a flat file. ' And I'll look down, and whisper 'No." And wish the estate o' the world were now undone. As to printing USA I have no knowledge of when that would have occurred and if I saw that axe I'd think it was a military axe but not when it was issued as axe heads haven't changed much in the last 150 years...

The important thing here is that the steel and especially the wood soak up oil so they will repel water and protect the integrity of the axe. These were made to be simple, quickly made tools so extra work was avoided in the trade unless it was a presentation piece.

Glad you stopped by updated thursday, july 27, more important canadian museum has preserved.You can see the metal wedge and epoxy job I did on the last two pictures above ...of course it is easier to see on the shiny double-sided than on the black one. Take it into a sandblaster's shop and have him clean the rust off for you...i recently found an old forged sweedish head at my parents place..it was battered and needed a lot of work, but i've been cleaning it up with a file when i get a chance and its coming around nicely..They put sawdust between the blocks but it was still hard to break the blocks apart and keep them intact. But I find special pleasure in finding and restoring the hook up airport extreme edge of an dating axe.If the handle feels sturdy in the axe head and the head does not slip around on the handle, examine further.Pour the vinegar into a large bowl or a baking pan that you can submerge the axe fully in. Once the rust is removed, soak the axe in plain clean water over night to remove the acid and the salt. Mix as much salt into it as will dissolve....having some on the bottom undissolved is fine. I had to beat the heck out of them to get those wedges in there but knowing they are in there and sealing them with the epoxy assures it will not come flying off down the road. Take it to a grinder and put an edge on it, handle it and oil the surface and you'll have a decent axe.The best place to get handles to fit those old axe heads are old hardware stores. It'll probably sharpen enough to shave wood in no time. __________________ "All the whores and politicians will look up and shout 'SAVE US!! That style of head could be from anytime after the 1880s but probably came from the 1960s or so because of the amount of rust visible...

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