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Thread: A cheap mod to test- fireman's axe to Norlundish

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    A cheap mod to test- fireman's axe to Norlundish


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    I have looked high and low and really can't find a boy's axe or hatchet I like that I could put on a 20" handle. Apparently I need to take Operator's advice and bid higher!

    While surfin the net I came across some Harbor Freight Fireman's hatchet mods. From what I've read here, this length of handle is either 'love it' or 'hate it'. For $20 I thought I could mod this small axe, just to see if I like the concept. This will give me more time to find what I'm looking for as well and give me an idea what length handle I will like, I hope.


    Here is what I started with.




    First step is removal of the spike, red paint, and the finish on the handle, paint and all. After just a bit, here is what I've got.




    What I would like is to age it a little. So I pulled out the wood stains and gave it a few coats of gunstock and red oak. I also gun blued the head.




    Please don't laugh too hard!

    This is just an experiment. I'm going to try my hand at making a mask for it. I'd like to darken the handle just a little more then finish with tung oil. I may even blue the head again tomorrow then sharpen.

    I know, it's not vintage American made. But I'm hoping this learning experience will help for the next one, the real thing!!

    I'll post up other pics as I make progress, if you are interested.
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    Looks good to me, just like a Norlund hudson bay. Nice mod.

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    Looks like you're getting way more than $20 worth of fun out of that axe.

    It looks great.

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    Why would we laugh at that?

    Are you happy? Then screw it. I am no judge of what floats a mans boat AND I happen to think it looks pretty cool. How does it swing? How did you cut off the point?

    TF

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    Quote Originally Posted by Talfuchre View Post
    How did you cut off the point?
    With a paring knife? Remember, it's from Harbor Freight.

    But seriously, I think that a hacksaw would be sufficient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Square_peg View Post
    With a paring knife? Remember, it's from Harbor Freight. .

    Actually, I did start with a paring knife. It worked in the beginning. But I thought it would create too much heat and ruin the temper. So I switched to dental floss.
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    I think that looks good.. light, seems functional, plus if you lost it you're only out $20 and a hour or 2 of effort. Have you had a chance to take it out and use it yet?

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    Nice result. Thanks for sharing.

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    Tried my hand at making a mask. This is the first one I've attempted. I used some shock cord on the end of the strap (looped through some eyelets) to secure it to the antler button.





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    Looks good What does it weigh now? And does it use a standard size handle?

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