Found hatchet head - restoration project

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  1. KnOeFz

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    Summer 2018 in France in the Loire river my GF found an old hatchet head.
    I love how it's shaped and when I have some time I'd like to try and give it a new life.
    Brush up the steel a bit, and rehandle the thing.

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    First step: removing the rust.
    4 hours soaking in vinegar
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    10 hours soak and steelbrushing it clean
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    Makersmark became readable again: Goldenberg 86
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    Wow it's pretty already upload_2020-4-13_10-34-37.gif
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    next step: make a handle out of this piece of ash(?) wood from an old shovel
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    So far this part was done in 2018.
     
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    The current COVID19 lockdown gives me some time to work on it again.
    Here's the first bit of handle shaping I did.



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    to be continued :D
     
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    Nice hawk!
    It will turn out great, I am sure!
     
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    Cool project! I like the looks of it as well.
     
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    I really like that shape. I'm looking forward to seeing it when you are finished.
     
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    Next step in my hatchet restoration project..

    Made a wedge from oak (took me a few to get on right with a hand saw)
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    Made a saw cut in the top, put the head on, hammered in the wedge with a drop of glue.
    (exiting moment).
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    Cut the wedge off, the result made me very exited so far :)
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    Nu to put an edge on this thing...
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    First attempt to an edge, need to refine it some more but I'm please with it so far, it was a massive reprofiling/sharpening job.
    Hurray for diamond stones :D
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    To be continued :)
     
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    Made a sheath for it today.
    First time working with thick leather like this.

    cut out leather
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    punching holes
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    Stiched
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    fitting :)
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    Wet formed the top to stay folded
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    This side had the nicest stitches
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    Now to finish the edges a bit nicer and stain it with oil and then wax it.
    pleased so far
     
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    Finished result of the hatchet and sheath:

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    Awesome project.
    Must be a very satisfying recovery and refurbish.
    Enjoyed the pics.
     
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    Thanks man.
    Yes I was thrilled when on a stop during a canoe trip this thing was found in the mud.
    Took me some time to get the job done but I sure learned a lot doing it and I'm very please with the outcome.
     

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