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Old 27-09-2012, 04:35 PM
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I have just finished the restoration of my grandpa's axe it was an enjoyable expreaince apart from getting a peice of metal in my eye and getting a huge blood blister on my thumb

It looks ok.. but i doubt the handle is going to last too long I bought it off ebay and the quality is just not what i would expect for an axe handle I.e Knots in the wood, the slot for the wedge was cut at an angle and the grain pattern is running at 90 degrees to the cutting edge.. oh dear that is what you get when buying blind!

I'am also not happy with is the wedge it was my fault as I was driving it in it snapped so now the top looks a bit ugly any way its a working axe and will most likely used for carving and chopping firewood and not cutting down trees

If it does break when I'm using it and I don't loose a limb then I think I will make a handle instead

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Old 27-09-2012, 05:05 PM
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Nice clean up job, well done.

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Old 27-09-2012, 05:36 PM
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Nice job there spot on

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Old 27-09-2012, 06:42 PM
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Thanks guys

Wish I had a before and after picture! maybe next time
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If like me you don't have access to a good supply of native Ash then the best shop bought replacement axe helves/handles come from these guys:

http://www.oldtools.free-online.co.uk/

Scroll down to the bottom and you'll see 'Smedberg's Curved Hickory shafts'. Apparently they make the handles for Gransfors but all I know is I've used two and both are first class, rock solid, have already taken a right hammering and come supplied with wooden and metal wedges. The metal wedge is the perfect size for hammering in at ninety degrees. Oh aye, they do have a rather minging black Smedbergs logo on them but that's quickly and easily rubbed off with the old sandpaper. A quick oiling and they're good to go. I think I still have pictures of mine somewhere.....
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Thank you very much Red Kite, i will keep that website in mind when I do another axe restoration we have 2 or 3 in the shed that are in a very bad state

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Where's the pics?
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