Taking a closer look at the work that Neil Sadacca finished earlier today. From the left is a Kelly Quality hatchet with a nail puller that I received in a trade along with three axes from a trade I made with Dylan Launt from New York. Already in good condition, but just needed a bit of a touch up. The goal with sanding these axe heads is to leave most of the aging character in an attempt to give the customer a restored axe that has been brought back to life! At the top is another axe from Dylan and it is a S.A.W. Wetterlings in a boys axe size. It has a faint amount of its original blue paint that is famous for many older Swedish axes. Although it is drop forged, it still should hold a great edge as the Swedes are known for using high quality steel for the blade of their axes. The middle one is a double bit marked Zenith Cold Test Marshall Wells. I have sharpened a Zenith Cold Test hatchet before and found that they hold a really good edge! It came with a reddish coating, which leads us to believe that it was likely thrown in a fire in an attempt to remove the handle in order to get the axe head by itself. So, it took a while, but Neil managed to sand it down and give it a better finished look. Based on your thoughts, Thrane Axe and Saw Co. could and will incorporate axes that are finished to a polish, but currently we desire the rustic look instead. Last but not least, is a Plumb roofing hatchet. These are very versatile as it can be used for chopping, hammering nails or tent stakes, and has a nail puller, but I have found the nail pullers on most hatchets do not work as well as maybe they were intended to.
All of these axes can be restored in full with a new hand carved handle out of either ash or maple to your desired length, a handmade sheath to fit the particular axe very snug, which can be dyed either black, saddle tan, dark brown or left a natural vegetable tan color, a new razor sharp and polished edge, the Thrane Axe & Saw Co. makers mark, and a number on the end of the handle to be used to catalog and verify the axe if need be in the future.
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