I have been longing to get a cruiser axe for awhile now and finally got a hold of one the other day. I will show some of the things I do when restoring an old axe. Here's what I started with
Well first thing was removing the old haft from the eye. Next when it comes to rust removal I like to use sandpaper or sandblocks and water. Vinegar is a great way to remove rust as well but using sandpaper leaves a dark rustic patina on the head and I think it lets the old head keep some of the character it has gathered over the decades. Here we are getting going on the cleanup
starting to come a long
after I get most of the rust off I will spray the head good in WD-40 and use a bristle brush and go over it pretty good. This turns the dark spots jet black and the metal a nice silver look. I'll show more on this step later. This next pic is just after the sandblock and water treatment.
still need to do the backside
I acquired this axe thinking it was just a vintage no name, but a makers mark did appear. I can't make out the top part at all. The bottom part I think says Lewistown, PA USA. I know there were a few companies that made axes there so no doubt it's some good ol American steel.
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