A Rusty Old Axe, Restored. A How-To.

   05.20.15

A Rusty Old Axe, Restored. A How-To.

This guy made a post on reddit about restoring an old axe he found. I’m always a sucker for an easy fix, and this seems to fit the mold.

Step 1: Remove the head of the axe by drilling holes in the handle.

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Step 2: Soak it for a day or two in normal household white vinegar.

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Step 3: Remove excess rust with a wire brush. Wash the head in water and then cover with WD40 to prevent further rust.

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Step 4: Use a flat file to smooth out the edge. Sharpen with stones, one course and one fine.

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Step 5: Add a mirror finish by using sand paper and WD40 as lube. Start with 800 grit automotive/metal wet sand paper, and make your way up to 2000 grit.

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