Just wanted to share a little project I recently took on with some folks that might enjoy it. Or maybe you'll all hate it but oh well... This is my first axe "project" btw all I'v ever don to this point is keep em sharp and use the heck out of em. I took a few minutes this week and tried to clean up an old axe I grabbed from my parents place. I actually found this axe stuck in a stump in a forest preserve maybe 15-20 years ago and took it home. It has looked like this since before I found it: So I decided to take a torch to the handle and a wire wheel to the head so she looked like this: Then I saw some painted handles online and wanted to give it a shot so now the ax looks like this: My only question is what to do to protect the new paint job? I was thinking about a few applications of clear coat. Would linseed oil or bees wax discolor the paint? I plan on continuing to use this axe for years to come so I'm open to feedback and suggestions.