I was at a garage sale recently and found these gems hiding in a dark corner of the seller's garage:
The double-bit is a 3.2 Pound Mann "KnotKlipper" Western Double-Bit. Except for a chip out of the one side of the bit, the overall head was in excellent condition. I was rather shocked to see how it turned out after restoring it (check out the restoration pics below).
The pulaski is a 3.3 pound Kelly Works True Temper Flint Edge, stamped "C.S.F.S." (Colorado State Forest Service). My guess is that it was made in the 1950s, and was used by the CSFS until more recent times, based on the condition of the handle.
The CSFS Pulaski cleaned up nicely. I reseated the head on the handle, removed the rust with naval jelly, and oiled the head. I also reprofiled the edge with a belt sander. The steel on this axe is really outstanding, as it took an edge as sharp as my best Mora knives. I also like the natural patina that's formed over most of the head.
The Mann KnotKlipper was the real shocker of the bunch. After several scrub-downs with a brass wire brush and naval jelly, it looks almost like a brand new axe head. The temper lines are also nice and clear.
My only conundrum is whether to keep it the way it is as a historical piece, or re-handle it and use it the way it was intended to be used. Decisions decisions!