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Rehanging Without Damaging the Existing Handle

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by High_Noon, Aug 13, 2018.

  1. High_Noon


    Nov 14, 2014
    I was able to get the steel wedge out by drilling a hole in the wedge and screwing in a machine screw and then using a claw hammer to pry it out. The old steel wedge actually came out quite easily. I then used a wood rasp to drop the head about 1/2," which was a bit too much, but it just worked out that way. The axe is now rehung on the old haft and I used a Black Locust wedge. I went back to the shop today and gave the wedge a few more taps with the hand sledge, then cut off the top of the haft/wedge about 3\8" proud, slightly beveled the edges of the top of the haft, sanded the entire haft and put 3 coats of BLO on it. The axe is now soaking upside down in about 1/2" of BLO, which I will leave soaking for 24 to 48 hours. Then, I'll put another few coats of BLO on the haft since it's about 30+ years old and is quite dry and thirsty and then I'll run a file to sharpen it up a bit better. The sheath I made in '84 needs some work, so I'll repair that as well. Hopefully, this procedure will give me many more years of use. Thanks to everyone for their input. I will post a photo or 2 once the BLO procedure is complete.
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2018
  2. Yankee Josh

    Yankee Josh Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 31, 2018
    I'm running short for time so i didn't read the whole thread and don't know if this has been recommended yet. I pre- drill two small holes in the wedge and then put a couple screws into those piloted holes. You need to pilot otherwise the screws will expand the wedge further. Then just use a hammer, vice or whatever to pull them out. Coincidentally i just did this 5 minutes ago with a factory plumb handle i was reusing. [​IMG]
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  3. High_Noon


    Nov 14, 2014
    Here are a few crappy photos of the finished product (before sharpening). I may try to get some better photos:



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