Found an old axe head.

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  1. BladeScout

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    I found an old axe head in the woods.
    Its a tad rusty but Ill give it a 'bath'/hook it up to a battery to see if I can restore it.

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    Watching this one
     
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    Might be a tad and a half rusty! Following with interest.
     
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    Nice shape, curious.
     
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    Yeah...
    Lots of good miles left in that one.
     
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    If you can restore that one, I have one that should be "easy"! lol
    Watching with interest.
     
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    Interesting! I'll be watching!
     
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    Vinegar soak that bad boy! Lets see whats your workin with.
     
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    I'm watching! I hope it isn't as bad as it looks. It will make a beautiful wall hanger if she's too far gone
     
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    Yes:D That was me trying to diplomatic about it. 'A tad' doesnt even start to describe the condition its in...
    Could be fun, if its salvageable and able to be used.

    Hmmm, Ive used vinegar on blades before. I might give that a go first, as itll be a couple of days before I can dunk the axe head and hook up a battery.

    +1.
     
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    Im going to predict its going to be smaller when your done...
     
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    Puts me in mind of a Norlund. Good luck. Hopefully it’s not too far gone.
    That looks like a handy little axe.
     
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    Tomahawk?
     
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    Wow, it looks battered and fried, like chicken...

    When you say "hook it up to a battery", I assume you mean using an electrolysis tank? Have you used those before? You need some washing soda to make the water an electrolyte, if you don't already know this.

    A great resource for making/using an e-tank can be found here:
    http://www.castironcollector.com/electrolysis.php

    Looking forward to the results.
     
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    Yes, have cleaned an old rusty bayonet via electrolysis before. Worked a charm.
     
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    I thought you could electrolysis heavy rust, I've only used electrolysis to clean very hard to reach spots. I'm watching too!
     
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    I'm keenly interested in how this turns out. Could you please weigh it before and after cleaning?
    Victor
     
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    That'll buff right out.............
     
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    LOL!! :18:
     
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    Before: 34 ounces/962 grams (bear in mind that the eye is full of assorted crud).
     
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    Thank you Brother! It's bigger than I thought. Hope it turns out well.
    Victor
     
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    I should have slapped some measurements on it in the OP (or used a banana for scale:D)
    Ill remedy that right now: 3 3/4 x 6 1/2" (9x16cm).
     
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    COOL! :dblthumb:
    Victor
     
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    That is a great find, even if it isn't salvageable.
    Cool piece of history!
     
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    Are you going to use electrolysis or vinegar to clean it?
     
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    Neither.
    Hydrochloric acid and sand blasting.
     
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    Here's one my son is buffing out lol....only readable thing is "western logger"....
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    Too bad its sooooo pitted!
     
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    After a day in hydrochloric acid.
    There is an axe-like object under all that rust!

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    Some work with a wire brush;

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    I also knocked off some of the rust flakes with a hammer.
    Then it was time for the angle grinder.
    After working all over the head I then evened out both sides of the poll. Clearly, the axe had seen some hard work being used as a hammer and/or having somebody hammering on it with another object. Not unusual.

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    The axe head was sanded and threw some nice sparks.

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    Last but not least the head was sand blasted. That was the extent of the work thus far.

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    The axe head is almost too far gone but not completely. Had it been left in the ground for much longer, it would have been gone.
    The rust have eaten so much metal, that you cant even out the surface without destroying, whats left of the head.
    It I try, it wont do any good as a working axe. There is simply not enough material left.
    The bit didnt have much curve to start with. Now the bit is a tad more curved, as the rust had thinned out the metal at both the heel and the toe and had to be reshaped.

    I believe it can be a working axe, if I dont try to even out/remove more material from the head, than I already have.
    Would have been nice to have a more even finish instead of the pock marked surface; it rusts in no time flat..
    Clearly not a 'stainless' steel head......, as if anybody had any doubts about that:D

    Instead of a removing more material, I now plan to proclaim the battle worn surface a fashion statement!
    Brute de forge, if you will:D

    Itll be blued. I contemplated rust bluing it but Ill most likely just cold blue it and take extra care to clean and oil this old warhorse after use.

    Speaking of 'old.' It actually not that old; the head is tempered all over from poll/butt to bit.

    Now to look for a nice length of ash, so I can hang the thing after bluing...
     
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    I wish my axe was merely 'pitted.' Instead it is more pock marked that the surface of the moon.
     
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    That would have been nice but it has a notch or indentation between the beard and the eye, which the Norlunds dont seem to have.
     
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    It’s a dead ringer for my Hults Bruks Montreal pattern, except mine is a 3-1/2#.
     
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    Keep an eye out for hairline cracks in the eye. The few heads I've had that were this bad about %50 had cracks I didn't see until I put in quite a bit of work. Hopefully yours is perfect!!
     
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    Very cool find. Looks like it has a chance of being useful. Watching this thread. :dblthumb:
     

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