Axe head ID and age?

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by testdepth, Jan 14, 2017.

  1. testdepth

    testdepth

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    Dec 9, 2012
    Anyone know what type of axe this is and how old it is?

    I soaked it in straight vinegar for 2 days and then knocked the rust off with a wire wheel. I intend to put a handle back on it and put it back in use or hang it on the wall.

    Anyone know what type of axe and or time frame this is from? I soaked it in straight vinegar for two days and then wire wheeled all of the rust off except in the handle hole where I can't get to. Weighs about 3 to 5lbs.
    Blade edge to back of axe edge = 11.5 inches
    Blade width is 6.5 inches
    Back is 2.5 inches long and 1 1/8 inches wide
    Two points where axe handle goes are 3.5 inches point to point

    http://s251.photobucket.com/user/testdepth/library/Antique axe?sort=3&page=1
     
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2017
  2. Agent_H

    Agent_H

    Aug 21, 2013
    Testdepth, can you get a picture of your axe - maybe even a couple?

    Sounds big though?
     
  3. DeadFall27

    DeadFall27

    May 18, 2011
    Would you happen to have any photographs available or noticed a stamping of some sort on the axe?
     
  4. testdepth

    testdepth

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    Dec 9, 2012
  5. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
  6. Agent_H

    Agent_H

    Aug 21, 2013
    Looks a bit like a masting axe or related deal. A little edge work and a handle and that would probably be a good tool.

    I like stuff that needs a little help to be good so others might see something different.
     
  7. Square_peg

    Square_peg Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    It's a masting axe. Likely 100 years old. It's badly pitted but not badly worn - most of the steel is still there. This is a hewing axe that could also be used for felling. One tool to make a new mast for a ship in a pinch. They found a lot of use outside of mast making. It would typically have a 20" -28" up-turned haft (opening the hang for hewing).

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  8. testdepth

    testdepth

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    Dec 9, 2012
    Thanks very much for doing this
     
  9. testdepth

    testdepth

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    Dec 9, 2012
    Thanks to all! Masting/Hewing axe it is. Any opinions as to what finish to put on it to keep it from further rusting. I will put a handle on it and place it back in service.
     
  10. Square_peg

    Square_peg Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Many folks are happy just with WD-40 as a rust preventative. Others use linseed oil. I use a blend of beeswax, BLO and turps. A similar product can be purchased off the shelf - Renaiassance Wax. For long term storage look to Boeshield.
     
  11. testdepth

    testdepth

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    Dec 9, 2012
    BLO = boiled linseed oil
    Turps = ?

    What is turps? turpentine

    Whats amounts do you mix?
     
  12. Square_peg

    Square_peg Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Yes, turpentine. Equal parts. Combine in sauce pan under low heat and transfer it to a microwavable container. Warm it and the tool before application. Good on hafts, too. I used it to seal any openings at the top or bottom of the eye.
     
  13. testdepth

    testdepth

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    Dec 9, 2012
    Would you recommend taking anymore of the metal down to get the pits out?
     
  14. Square_peg

    Square_peg Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    It depends what you want to do. As far as function, if the front 3/4" is polished the axe will perfom fine. This is a double beveled axe so you don't have a flat on the back that needs lapping.

    You could give it a full polish if you wanted it for a wall hanger. A lot of work but some people like that.
     
  15. testdepth

    testdepth

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    Dec 9, 2012
    After more wire wheeling and sanding some letters came through on the poll end of the axe head. On one side are capital letters D M. On the opposite side all I can make out are letters of a name stamped in to the steel ( SMUGER ) or (SHUGER). I have finished getting the rust off and now installing the handle.
     
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2017

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