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2 Boys Axes - Restoration

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by Operator1975, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. Operator1975

    Operator1975

    Sep 24, 2010
    Was lucky to pick up a couple boys size axes and have a little project on my hands. I really like the old axes, good steel, weight, sharpen easy, hold up, etc. So I figured I would see what I could get out of these, restoration wise.

    First is an old Flint Edge, one of my favorite lines of old. As you can see it was in pretty rough shape....

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    So had some work to do - i got rid of the handle, and it took some work - that is a big metal wedge in there, not wood -

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    And here is what come out -

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    So cleaned her up, new handle, and here is how it turned out -

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    I might sharpen it up, might sell it, not sure yet. I really like it though, I thought it came out well. The handle is nice and thin, 28 inches long, and compliments that head very well. Seems to swing easy, and more importantly, feels great.

    Next one is a Firestone - somewhat hard to find, but they are out there.

    This one was just the head - and it didnt look that hot to start with -

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    Got it cleaned up, and new handle - and here we go -

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    I thought they both turned out well. They feel great, and sharpened up, if so desired would do some business.

    Well that was one weekend project.

    Thanks!
     
  2. CedarEater

    CedarEater

    354
    Aug 31, 2012
    Those sure turned out purdy!
     
  3. jwaj

    jwaj

    596
    Dec 19, 2002
    Those both turned out great. I really like that Flint Edge, looks like it would be a great user.
     
  4. bearhunter

    bearhunter

    Sep 12, 2009
    Very nice pieces you have there Operator.
    Ya gotta love boys axes!
     
  5. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
    I agree! I've got a Firestone "De Luxe" boy's axe head somewhere.
     
  6. M3mphis

    M3mphis

    Jan 13, 2011
    Nice, Yo. Those turned out great. I would call those SFA *$$ kickers, but that's just my lowly opinion. :D
     
  7. bearhunter

    bearhunter

    Sep 12, 2009
    LOL!
    I like my SFA, but you are right!
    A SFA can't compare to a good vintage, American made boys axe ;)

    Or a new CT for that matter...
     
  8. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
    What a great pair!

    Beautiful restorations. Just what those two deserved. I hope you keep one as a user. A boy's axe is still my favorite all around axe.
     
  9. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
    Another "Firestone Supreme" (from 1929):

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  10. John Frankl

    John Frankl

    Oct 16, 2001
    Sweeeeet!

    Thanks for sharing.
     
  11. M3mphis

    M3mphis

    Jan 13, 2011
    Steve.....that's funny.

    Remember all the Firestone tires blowing up a few years back?
     
  12. Operator1975

    Operator1975

    Sep 24, 2010
    Going thru the collection, I seem to have #2 of these Firestone Supreme boys axes now......
     
  13. John Frankl

    John Frankl

    Oct 16, 2001
    You mentioned the possibility of selling. Do most people here sell on Ebay, or is there a forum you use?

    I'm interested in both buying and selling some pieces.

    Thanks.
     
  14. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    There's a buying/selling forum here; you can use it as a gold member, I believe.
    Great work on great axes, OP.
     
  15. John Frankl

    John Frankl

    Oct 16, 2001
    Yes, thank you. I just never see any axes for sale there. I'm assuming they would go into the "Gadgets and Gear" category?
     
  16. Operator1975

    Operator1975

    Sep 24, 2010
    Usually under for sale by individual is where I have sold and bought on here
     
  17. Frank-New Zealand

    Frank-New Zealand

    333
    Jan 16, 2012
    Hello 'Big O'... That Flint edge is a dream. Pity the previous owner had such bad 'eye to hand' coordination, because I love the shape of the original haft. I must say though mate...the replacement haft is the best I have seen in a long time. That end on shot is magic.

    I can't believe 'Bear' or 'M3mphis' haven't offered to take her off you hands for an unfair price.

    regards...Frank
     
  18. Double Ott

    Double Ott Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 3, 2011
    I also like the way your Kelly turned out, she's SWEEEET !!Nice work on restoring them,

    Double "Trouble" Ott
     
  19. scruffuk

    scruffuk

    Jan 14, 2010
    Smashing. It is a pity about that original helve, its got a great flow to it. I bet it was a joy to swing.

    I have a small hatchet with similar dinks in the face as that Firestone.....its been used to hammer nails right?
     
  20. M3mphis

    M3mphis

    Jan 13, 2011
    Hey Operator, has this sweet Flint Edge worked it's way into your user category yet? Just curious...

    This thread made me think of something else....where's Frank???? Frank, are you out there our Kiwi friend?
     

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