I love the character of the old haft. Great hatchet!
Axe number two of the "great bay haul" as it will be known from now on .
Collins Legitimus around 4 lbs 7oz. Came with a great patina and a pretty good edge profile. I had a hard time making myself do anything with the head but finally did... The haft had three nails and the wedge was all but rotten out. Otherwise the wood was good except very dry. The head pretty much fell off once the old wedge was chipped out. I worked on the shoulders quite a bit to so the head had a good solid fit. I tried putting some wax on the haft which got in all the crevices, made it look like crap for the final pics. Live and learn... This is one wickedly sharp axe.
That thing is awesome! If you ever get tired of it...
That looks very nice! Nice work there
i've figured this technique out over the years. applying linseed oil first you can fill in the crevices and cracks in the wood with super glue. let it dry , do a little sanding add more super glue if needed and oil again. does a good job of protecting the wood and sealing it
your Keen Kutter looks nice. you got a good edge on her.
thanks for posting
you got some nice axes from the bay. bidding on too much stuff led to my downfall from the bay
i did find a nice little Norlund on the bay, but found another in a shop for a third less.
love the shots of the Jersey.
i pulled a half dozen nails, one staple, two metal wedges and a wood screw from an eye once. i have a small pile of this eye hardware on the bench.
Last edited by markv; 06-26-2012 at 09:00 AM.
Thanks for the super glue trick mark, I'll try it on my next one. I like keeping the old eye hardware too .
Yesterday I received two more from the haul, Plumb single bit and the Norlund cruiser. The Plumb's head was painted black and has a red Permabond epoxied eye. Everything is very solid on this axe so I hit it with a wire cup brush on the drill and it cleaned right up . The Norlund is a bit of a sad story. I thought the head was a bit loose and it had moved up the handle. It also had a large chunk missing from the haft just below the head. I decided to try drilling out the wedge and rehanging it. Big mistake... this thing was solid as a rock and I'm still kicking myself for screwing up. Oh well... I just ordered a new handle for it so it will be like new when I'm finished with it. The head looks great, just need to make the bits even.
Last edited by made2cut; 06-26-2012 at 02:06 PM.
Pics of the Plumb, Norlund and Black Raven.
After wire brushing the black paint off.
I put a quick edge on it with a file and yes, it is sharp.
The USPS decided to drag the Norlund along behind the truck I guess. It had some damage on the head from it.
I did like how the seller wire tied the axe to the box.
Black Raven - I already cut the head off. It was solid but I don't think I could have lived with the ugly eye. The haft was pretty warped as well.
Only the Keen Kutter DB is left to arrive. I bought two axes from this guy previously on the same day. One arrived in a few days and the other almost two weeks later so it could be a while... So far I think the Collins Legitimus is my favorite of this bunch. Bought a scale last week
Last edited by made2cut; 06-27-2012 at 02:54 PM.
Well, those certainly seem too be fine axes to me!
Looks like you did good IMO!
A genuine Norlund double bit - dont see those too often. Nicely done.
That Keen Kutter is real good looken
How did you darken the handle?
In the pictures of them Collins, the head was soaking in a liquid, what was it? Looked to be some sort of rust remover, just wondering for future reference.
Last edited by made2cut; 07-02-2012 at 01:14 PM.
Great job rehanging the Collins Legitimus. Love to hear how that old handle holds up.
Just to complete this thread here is a shot of the Keen Kutter after I worked on the edges. This axe has a VERY narrow profile. That is a Kelly sickle that I picked up along the way in the pic.
You're sure finding some nice pieces, Made2. They are falling into good hands.
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