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Old May 5th, 2020, 09:11 AM #1
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Axe ID help

I picked up an old welder yesterday and in the bottom of the cabinet that came with it were a couple of axe heads. I was just trying to figure out what kind this was and there is no touch mark on it that I can find. Red paint and the ridges in the eye make me pretty sure it’s a Kelly “woodslasher” but maybe there is someone here who knows more.
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BTW, it’s sharp as &@#), even for as rusty as it is I Knicked the crap out of my knuckle when I was knocking out the broken off handle bit.
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Not that it’s important on a gun forum but I have been cleaning this axe up. Overnight soak in oxalic acid to get the rust and dirt off and a bit of polishing. If the was a more vintage axe I would go a lot further on the polish but it is going to be a camp ax for the RV so I just hit with the 80 grit sanding wheel.

The handle came from whiskey river art and trading company and I am very pleased with it and their service. Will order again.
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Nice!! I just did the same to an old carpet knife i have. I use that stupid thing at least once a day for boxes, mulch bags, everytjing
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I have some cool hammers ( to me ) we have cleaned up and placed new handles on . These tools are so cool to have . I cleaned up one hammer head that turned out to be bronze when i hit it with the sander . could not tell before .
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Rpker: I noticed on Pinterest there is alot of interesting pics and info on axes and hatchets maybe it will help you
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Rpker: I noticed on Pinterest there is alot of interesting pics and info on axes and hatchets maybe it will help you
I’m probably 95% sure it’s a woodslayer as I found a “c3” stamp on it. You might be able to see it on the cheek of the axe in one of those photos. Kelly used this style of stamp to gauge wear on the tool they use to stamp these things out. It’s probably a late 70’s to early 80’s model which means good American steel
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And here she is sunbathing with some BLO on that new handle. Nice curves on that beauty!



Edit.....I gotta do something with that grass��
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And here she is sunbathing with some BLO on that new handle. Nice curves on that beauty!



Edit.....I gotta do something with that grass��
Turned out great. A few years ago, I tried to teach, my son the proper way to “hang” an axe head. I have a few more heads laying around I need clean up, and find handles for. The BLO, is the only finish I use. I believe it’s the best way to finish the handles.
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Turned out great. A few years ago, I tried to teach, my son the proper way to “hang” an axe head. I have a few more heads laying around I need clean up, and find handles for. The BLO, is the only finish I use. I believe it’s the best way to finish the handles.
BLO is my favorite and you can’t beat the scent.

If you are looking for ax handles, try these guys...

https://whiskeyrivertrading.com/

The handle I got from them was very tight grain hickory and it only took a few days to get my handle which came with two pine wedges. I had to supply my own metal wedges but two cam in the axe head so no big deal.
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