Check out this old Axe head..The other way of steeling the bit..(pics)

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by Kentucky, Sep 25, 2012.

  1. Kentucky


    Dec 13, 2008
    I bought this old axe head for $5 the other day..I dont know why it just kinda called to me..After a vinegar clean up you can see that some blacksmith had either re-steeled this axe or added the cutting bit by overlapping the bit around the outside of the blade instead of between the checks which was a more common way(if you look close you can see the weld seams)..Ive seena couple like this in museum texts but never in person..Kinda cool, Im glad I spent that $5:D Oh and yes I had to grind on the bit a little:grumpy: It was nothced badly but I didnt have to grind much and i followed the original shape exactly..I may slap a handle in it and put it back to work :thumbup:
  2. jwaj


    Dec 19, 2002
    I'd say you got a good deal for sure. Good old country engineering on the re-bit. Are you going to clean it up some more? It would be cool to bring it back to life.
  3. Kentucky


    Dec 13, 2008
    Yes, I think I will..
  4. HandAxeProMan


    Apr 9, 2011
    Neat old axe. Need pics when you finish it. Great to see you posting again Kentucky.

  5. Square_peg

    Square_peg Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    I love finding old tools with evidence of smith work on them. Immediately ups the cool factor of the tool. Great find!
  6. foxx


    Sep 5, 2010
    Hey Kentucky,
    I'll make you a great deal! When you're done cleaning it up, putting a handle on it, and making a sheath, I'll double your original purchase!;) Just kidding...

    That bit looks sort of thick, on the heel, almost blunt or flat. Is that just the lighting in the pic, or?
  7. bearhunter


    Sep 12, 2009
    That's an interesting piece for sure.

    Splitting axe maybe?

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