Refinishing axe heads

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Forum topic by rolandstronghammer posted 06-08-2016 06:57 PM 724 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-08-2016 06:57 PM


I’ve inherited a few axe heads which id like to clean up and set in handles. I was hoping a few of you might be able to suggest how much handle is appropriate for each axe head. Also, if anyone can identify the types of heads and their intended purpose it’d be much appreciated.


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#1 posted 06-08-2016 10:12 PM

Google is your friend.
I have used the site when cleaning and sharpening a Norlund Hudson Bay axe.
Wranglerstar’s site is a plus for sure.
Now, send me a check. Yeah! Right! :)
BTW, soak ‘em in vinegar for a couple days to find out what ya have before proceeding.


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#2 posted 06-08-2016 10:32 PM

Ok, that’s some serious rust. With rust that bad I find that even after the vinegar soak, the pitting is so bad I end up taking it to the abrasives or at least a heavy wire brush after anyway, so I’ve started skipping the vinegar when the rust is serious.

It’s up to you, Roland, how cleaned up you want them. At a minimum you’ll want to either hit them with a wire wheel or vinegar or other rust removal chemical or electrolysis. If you want a fully restored shiny look you’re going to need to take either a belt sander or a grinding wheel on a bench or angle grinder to them to remove enough metal to get to the bottom of the pits.

Then grind off the mushrooming on the poll and grind/file a new edge.

Hopefully someone can chime in with some recommendations on handle sizes.

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