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Projects: Axe restoration, Gear Mods Etc.

Discussion in 'Stilwell Knives' started by TStilwell, Aug 5, 2017.

  1. TStilwell

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    [​IMG]Untitled by terrance stilwell, on Flickr
    Found this sleeping beauty at an antiques shop for a mere $20 bucks.
    A little love brought her back to this
    [​IMG]Untitled by terrance stilwell, on Flickr
    [​IMG]Untitled by terrance stilwell, on Flickr
    Scani forest axe for scale reference.
    This is a Genuine Norlund Hudson bay/tomahawk axe/camp axe
    The bit was a bit damaged but easily cleaned up on the grinder, she took a nice two day bath in vinegaroon which removed most of the rust, then a short trip on the grinder cleaned the surfaces up and polished things out nicely with a razor sharp edge. Hafting was a bit more of a hassle but came out nicely I think, using wood glue on the wedge to make sure it isn't going anywhere. I will try to take more detailed pictures on the next axe I get a hold of. I do believe I am almost over the cold I've had since right after my grandmothers passing so hopefully there will be more coming from me.
    Thanks for looking and reading.
    Terry
     
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    Fantastic job, looks great!
     
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    I believe you nailed that restore. That's a good looking axe.
     
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    Great job!
     
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    Thanks guys. I have been wanting a hudson bay type axe for awhile, these guys are usually $70-90 on Fleabay so I was super thrilled to find it for $20.
     
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    That looks great. I have the same head that I need to referb right now. I just did a BMC/Council and it reminded me why I'm not crazy about Hudson Bay style axes. This is my opinion but I think there is just not enough eye socket to insure a solid set. I know they are highly sought after but give me my True Temper with a 2 inch eye any day, I say that as I have 2 Hudson Bays in the works. For my life or livelihood I prefer a bit more wood in the head of the axe. They are beautiful axes and I'd probably buy it from you in a second but even with 2 in the works I struggle to "love" them. The hafted axes weigh within 6 ounces of each other. Sorry for the crappy pic. Your restoration does look top notch.

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    That one cleaned up beautifully. The head looks unused!
    Great find, even better restoration job.
     
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    That turned out great, Terry!
     
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    What I read was that the key is to get as much wedge in the haft as possible, I also used wood glue on the wedge.
    Thanks, man, those are some nice looking axes.
     
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    Thanks you guys. I appreciate it, I've only used it a tiny little bit but I think it may become my favorite axe, will have to use it to chop more than some firewood here soon.
     
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    I've came back to this thread several times to look at your axe that i say I don't like :) I need better tools I reckon. The Hudson Bays are are good looking and your finish is great. Not too shiney but shiney enough. When setting a head I go on the 2/3's rule. Once you set the shoulder, the curf for the wedge should be about 2/3's the eye depths. HB's just don't have that much meat. Not trying to start an argument at all, just trying to make myself feel better about liking them so much. I've traded away or sold dozens over the years and always kick myself.
     
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    Yeah for the Hudson Bay it should be about 3/4 of the depth if not a touch more, good and tight before the wedge and then glue the wedge in. You could throw a metal wedge in there for added security if you wanted. I honestly don't think it's needed though, I've buried the bit as deep as I could into my stump and tried to get movement to no avail. A fair bit of flex from the handle but no movement in the eye.
     
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