Finished a quick tune up on Lockard's camping axe.
this axe is this is a general and all purposes axe (anything goes).
in its recent past it has had many close encounters with the ground.
wanted to clean it up, fix the edge, paint a stripe, and tighten up the fit and oil the handle.
i took this photo after removing some of the surface rust. the rust was light and came off easily.
i had to remove the chips from the blade's edge and spend a good 25 minutes re-establishing the cutting edge. the brand new bastard file made shorter work of this procedure.
i left the angle less aggressive because it is mostly for spitting wood.
after the file work i used a stone and then a polish on the entire surface.
final step was a diamond file honing.
the end was split from being used as a club. i had to trim off a 1/2 inch of the doe's foot.
painted on a bore sight for a little visibility.
after adding two more wedges it is now soaking in linseed oil to get some moisture in the wood.
after 24 hours in the linseed oil i will tung oil the handle the it will be ready for another bout with the field.