Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! I'm starting this tread because @Agent_H an I wanted to exchange axes. And i Tought: Why not share it. The rules we made where as follows: Each of us was looking for an axe. In my case it was a double beveled axe (Kent Pattern) and a ballpeen hammer. I tend to use it a ballpeen a lot, since I'm also pounding sheetmetal in my spare time for cars. So, all said and done, he had both lying around. It could have stopped there, but we both thought it would be cool to exchange an axe as well as other stuff. So I got him one as well, as well as an european ash handle and a stave of european yew. But since the max weight wasn't reached yet I also shipped something else. What that was? You'll read it and see it when he post it. Each payed for shipping his own package. The Package I sent came in a little quicker: Holland --> Oregon in about 5 days (excluding the weekend). Oregon --> Holland came in at about 10 days (excluding the weekend). That was yesterday. What did I get? 1 craftsman ballpeen 1 Don't no what yet ballpeen (it is stamped though) I really really like because of the weight 1 Kent pattern 3lb I also really really like because of the pitting (probably a first for most of you ) I allready have a handle lying around for it that will suit it nicely: The axe thats currently on there will probably be sold outside this forum (noname axehead of about 1500Gram or about 3,5 pounds). But I will use the haft for the kent pattern. I allready measured and the eye is a bit shorter. So I'll shorten the frontside of the haft to make it fit the Kent pattern. That way its a bit better balanced as wel. It's about a half inch though, so not that much anyway. I still need to accentuate the sharp edges on the handle a bit better, but it's getting there. Its a hickory handle made of heartwood judging at the color. It's actually an old chopper one handle I made octagonal and slimmed it down quite a bit. I've allready cleaned the head and got it sharpened a bit. I also flattened the poll and since it mushroomed a lot on the sides an the surface. I also sanded most of the black stuff but left the pitting on there. Low spots aren't that much of problem anyway, but the black stuff has a lot more resistance when cutting. It's currently in the magic-juju-sauce since its currently to shiny for my tasted. Once it's out, its protected from the elements. All in all, it took me about an hour to get everything done. As for the axehead itself. I believe it's quite old: 1800-1840 to be precise. The reason would be that the kent pattern dates back to about 1700. But it's still made. Except this one is made mostly of wrought iron. I say mostly, since the bit has a steel insert and is hardened. So that makes it about 1700-1840. Right around 1840 sheetmetal became widespread and wrought iron wasn't used anymore. But, it also has a hardened poll. Not that hard I might ad, but still hardened to about 40-45 HRC. 1800 is about the time that carpenters axes became hardened, as it was the time the square nail became widespread. So I actually believe it's 1800-1840 ish. It could be an English axe brought to the colony, or it could be a colonial US made one. If anybody has any info I would like to know. As for @Agent_H package and whats inside: I'll let him write that! But what I can say I've also got him a deal on a German/Austrian Hewing hatchet in good condition, since there actually cheaper on this side of the pond including shipping My axe will probably be ready in the next couple of days. If there is an update I'll post it here. Since his came quite sharp. I believe he's allready hung his axe.