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Powermaster hatchet (made in West Germany)

Discussion in 'Axe Mob' started by CoolBreeze135, Oct 8, 2017.

  1. CoolBreeze135

    CoolBreeze135 Scholarly Woodsman Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Just found this gem at a pawn/thrift type store for $2.50. The sticker labels it a “Powermaster” hatchet. The head is painted blue, 1 1/2 lbs, and stamped “made in W. Germany”. The handle is beech. The axe looks like it’s never been used and the stickers are even intact. I’m guessing it’s around 50 years old.

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    I’m gonna work on refurbishing it this week. I’ll leave the blue paint alone and clean up the rest of the head. The handle will get sanded and a new finish. The top of the eye is filled with red epoxy as pictured. The head is on pretty well, but there is the slightest amount of wiggle in the handle.

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    2 questions for you axe junkies out there.

    1) Have you seen a similar hatchet or have information about this one?

    2) do you think that a soak in oil could help the wood expand and reduce the handle wiggle? I want to keep the original handle on this thing.

    Thanks!
     
  2. ArmyMacE

    ArmyMacE Husband, Father, Woodsman Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    It definitely looks amazing! That is one heck of a find!

    A few rotations in some warmed wood oils for deeper penetration should pull out most, if not all of the wiggles.

    I have never seen one of the older axes with the epoxy capping not crazy cracked before. That thing has definitely never been used!

    I am not sure how well this actually works ... but after sanding I do a couple of rub downs with acetone to open up the pores in the wood a bit before I oil mine. It's just how I read to do it in a book once.
     
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    I have a Plumb with "Permabond" and did the warm BLO and it snugged up nice . Great find !
     
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  4. Pastor Chris

    Pastor Chris Hardwoodsman #7 Hobbyist Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass II

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    Stole it! That' s find to make many of us envious. Enjoy it!
     
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    Great find! Enjoy the refurbish
     
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  6. CoolBreeze135

    CoolBreeze135 Scholarly Woodsman Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Kept it minimal on this one. I wanted to preserve the original form as much as possible.

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    Sweet hatchet. Is it stamped 1-1/4 or 1-1/2?
     

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