Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! Hey guys hope everybody is well and having a darn good time swinging! I have just received my first 6lb axe (Elwell) and have a bunch of questions. If you can answer any at all that would be great. So first of all until now my heaviest axe is 4lb..this 6lber is a freaking monster in comparison (one day I'll find one of those 7's!) Can anybody tell me about the potential age of this head? It has a W stamped on the bottom too which I would love to know what it means or represents. Overall the condition doesn't look too bad. The edge has file marks on it luckily so doesn't look like power tools have gotten to it. A bit of mushrooming there but nothing crazy. I love the dark patina and am questioning whether I should file off the mushrooming and clean it up. My 2 schools of thought are that I don't like the bright metal from filing against the old patina and removing weight is not ideal I want it to be as heavy as possible. So.. if this was yours would you clean it or leave it? The toe is a little worn so need to bring the heel back. It has a raised center line should I go for a full banana grind on it or keep a similar grind across the edge? What would you do if you were restoring this brute? Handle length.. I am usually a 32" kinda guy. What do you guys use on big heads? What would a 28" be like on this? Easier to fell trees I would imagine as the weight is closer to your body.. Does one go longer for larger heads..36"? Lastly (for now) what was the purpose of this axe when manufactured? Bucking? Splitting? I couldn't imagine using it all day! Haha. THANK YOU!