Thanks and yes.Nice work u&a, head looks smart cleaned up like that and the handle fit looks a super job. The photo showing the top of the haft and head, are they cracks at the poll? Hope not!
Brand new handleBtw, handle looks great. It's it an old one reused? If not, you've done a great job giving it patina how did you do it? I've considered taking dirt, maybe stove ash and garden dirt, and rubbing it in the handle to try and work it into the grain.
Neil, I used Birchwood Casey blue 30-40 years ago on a black powder derringer. It was a replica of the one used to shoot President Lincoln. It worked well. When I did my throwing hatchet a couple years ago I wanted something a little different, so I browned it. Browning was used before bluing. It's easy, but you do need to heat the head till the solution sizzles when it touches the steel.Have any of o used gunblue/cold blue on an axe head? and can you suggest which brand/product to use? I am thinking of making the GBA hatchet I have into a decorative wall hanger and bluing the head, or at least a part....might 'fade' it to steel toward the bit. Birchwood casey seems to get excellent reviews, but super blue or permablue? are they for different steels? any advice most welcome. ta.
Just something different. When I found the head it was so rust pitted I ground 8 once’s of steel off of it to get it almost smooth. Then it was polished to a mirror finish. I don’t like the polished look on vintage axes, so I browned it. I might have used Birchwood Casey Browning on it.Looks smart Joe. Was it the colour or another reason that you chose to brown?