I do still exist. When you have as many varied hobbies as I do, and a house full of DIY projects, sometimes knives and whatnot get put on the shelf for a while. Anyways, tis the season where everyone in the office is on vacation and I need a place to kill some time during the day
so you guys get to hear about what I've been up to since the last time I popped in (I still lurk around once or twice a week, but usually on mobile and not logged in lol).
I had a couple old Carpenter's axe heads I picked up at an estate sale a few years ago. They've sat in a bin for a while until a couple weeks ago when I was helping my old man with a bit of deadfall clearing on his property. One of the tools I happened to grab out of his shed was an old Craftsman carpenter's hatchet that has been used as a catch-all yard tool around his place for decades. Kinda re-inspired in me a love for a good hatchet.
Anyways, I took this old rusty Keen Kutter and reground it a bit to remove the nail pull and added some swedging to the bottom (cleaned up the swedges on the top too) to lighten up the head, re-profiled and shouldered the edge then etched off all the active rust with some white vinegar with an acid kicker (had the bonus effect of etching it a bit to show me all the hard steel still left in the edges). Now I've got a sweet little "bearded" hatchet. I left the EC Simmons logo intact because it's just cool
Still needs a handle replacement - this is the original, just sanded back, re-oiled with all the dents steamed out and a new wedge. It's serviceable but a bit "shifty" in hard use. There's a guy on Instagram I follow that does some downright amazing axe handle work, I might send it off to him