This EXTREMELY rusty axe head is a ground find while metal detecting in Norway. I got it from my friend about 2 years ago. For a long time what to do until this restoration video. I needed an axe/hatchet to use in the shop and trips into the woods.

Axe head before restoration.
Axe head before restoration.

Carrying around 3.5 lb, was too much, therefore I reduced the weight to 1.65 lb by cutting the axe head by hand.

About The Rusty Axe Head

As I mentioned this axe was dug out from the ground in Norway. It looks really old and the shape indicated similarity with the well known Mustad axe. Unfortunately, it is not a Mustad axe. So, it is perfect in a way for this project. Other than that, I really don’t know much about this axe head. This time I haven’t found any markings.

In the video below you can enjoy watching how I restored and modified this old axe head!

The Restoration/Modification Process

I started by cutting the axe head by hand after marking the desired shape. The next step was to grind the rust and see what is under. Finding out that the pittings are quite deep was not what I was looking for.

Cutting the axe head.
Cutting the axe head.

I wanted to make this axe head like a mirror finish, now that is impossible. Anyway, I continued grinding on a finer wet stone until I got a nice smooth surface.

Reshaping the cutting edge on wet stone.
Reshaping the cutting edge on wet stone.
Grinding on hand crank grinder.
Grinding on hand crank grinder.

To get even sides, I file and sand the axe head, chamfer the edges. And I was ready to start making the handle. For this project I used an accoya wood. I have never worked with it in this manner, so that was really interesting. It is very easy to cut, shape and it seems super rigid and lightweight.

Making the handle from accoya wood for the rusty axe head
Making the handle from accoya wood for the rusty axe head.

After finishing the handle, I started making the leather sheath for the axe head. I used brown leather and made a very simple sheath. I didn’t want to complicate the design, since I am working with the leather for the first time.

Finishing the stitching of leather sheath.
Finishing the stitching of leather sheath.

Finally, I applied the Teak oil to the handle after carving the simple shape. I tested the axe outside to see performance. I am very satisfied, it is not too heavy or too light. Also cuts the tree perfectly. 

Modified and restored, it looks beautiful.
Rusty axe head modified and restored, it looks beautiful.

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67 Comments

  1. Başarılı bir çalışma oldu👍
    Hediye olarak kabul edebilirim ☺️

  2. Another disfigured old ax. Why use an 18th century artifact when almost nothing is left of it? It was better to take any piece of iron from scrap metal.
    There are no complaints about the quality of work, hands grow from the right place.

  3. Привет мой друг Борис сегодня 14.05.21 получил твою посылку. Очень рад ей. Огромное тебе спасиба за шоколадку и за этот прекрасный нож, низкий тебе поклон друг мой🤝👍💥🙏

  4. I love how you converted the sewing machine table into a rotary tool…very clever cheat lol

  5. Curious as to what it weighs after grinding…also can you make something out of the leftover steel from the axe? Probably not just thinking “out loud”

  6. Thank you for NOT grinding it away to a mirror finish on every surface 👍😍

  7. Looked like you got a serious workout cutting the axe. Looks great and keep up the great work!!
    Enjoyed your video and I gave it a Thumbs Up

  8. May I say with all due respect, you ha e went into total beast mode by cutting through that axe! The love for the craft shows in everything you do. I have enjoyed trying a few restorations myself after learning things from your channel. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us all. Keep up the amazing work. I’m sure you have inspired more than just myself.

  9. Not my style of axe, but you did a great job as always. Still can’t get over you cutting through that head with hacksaws, who needs the gym!!

  10. Привет мой друг Борис👋👋👋 рад видеть тебя и твой новый контент, видео снял с чувством юмора что мне и понравилось👌🏽 за работой с топором смотрел с наслаждением😊 а ещё заметил что вокруг тебя где ты живёшь, красивая природа💥👍 всего тебе хорошего, буду ждать новых видосов👋

  11. Зря распилил,надо было как есть восстанавливать.

  12. Re use that cut of chunk as a pick of some sort, but don’t throw it away. I hate seeing materials like that get waisted.

  13. I know your not really about power tools but have you ever thought about maybe getting just a angle grinder just so it’s easy to cut metal

  14. Such a cool idea restore it turned out super cute and gorgeous well done and you are doing great work always enjoy watching it

  15. Уважение за ваше трудолюбие и упорство И результат на лицо класс!!!

  16. Boris! Dude! That’s just fantastic brother 😮! The finished item is brilliant 👍, but I’m STILL applauding you for cutting the axe head by hand and getting it to meet 😂. Really not sure how you guided it so well through that steel. An excellent job once again 👊👊👊. 😎

  17. Man you do some amazing work with all manual tools. However, watching you hacksaw that axe makes me wish you’d buy a band saw. We wouldn’t think any less of for it! I promise!

  18. Wow! You outdid yourself, my friend! Saw theough steel. Rough hard lumber and leather to make a gorgeous ax! Great video!

  19. The most cinematic restoration project I’ve seen! And the biggest hand file ever! :))) Прекрасная работа!

  20. Very well done! Loved the leatherwork too. I love the pits in it. It looks like it saw action long in the past.😊 Just curious….what are you going to make out of the left over axe piece? A pick maybe?😊🐝❤

  21. Encore une superbe rénovation 😍😍😍Vraiment du super boulot 👍👍👍👍

  22. The level of dedication is just to admire!!! Love the editing at 0:55🤣 This kind of project is hard to pull off even with power tools. You took it to another level with the handle engraving and the leather work. Also love the hammered look😁

  23. Owning an axe head that dates to around 1830, I would have de rusted before cutting it. Blacksmiths of that period did not always mark their work but it is always worth looking. A very nice job.

  24. brilliant job, best yet, and showcasing some new skills, you should consider a forge as could hot cut steel and hot rasp, far less effort than a hacksaw, and a lot quicker, none the less that has worked really well

  25. Oh, well it’s an øyo or a Mustad mass produced axe of the Østerdals pattern. Good effort on that hacksaw dough. You could make a pickaroon from that other half of the axe head, wich someone said further down in the comment section.
    Keep up the good work.

  26. Goodness gracious it’s been so long. I’m missing a lot. I am amazed by how much the channel and you yourself has grown. Leather work now? There really is nothing you can’t do. Anyway, loving the end result as always. The cutting of the axe alone saved you at least three months worth of gym subscription 😅 I look forward for more. Stay safe always, Boris!

  27. Well done Boris! Truly inspiring. Would love to see more leather working on your channel. Take care 😃👍🏼

  28. YouTube is sending a special anti doping team to investigate the cutting of the axe head

  29. Your work is very good, but I would have preferred to see the axe head restored more or less as it was
    But then, it’s your work and your choice

  30. wow Boris I love what you did with the coffee break part 🙈🤣🤣 your great! The design on the handle was awesome and adding the leather sheath was pretty neat. Another great restoration 👏🏼👏🏼

  31. on your foot petal equipment which I like, Im thinking if you took a back wheel bike one way sprocket and attached a very heavy counter weight that can store momentum as you pedal and then rest every now and then and get a constant flow with more torque, I would venture to say if done right you could make a lathe

  32. Ооооо,привет Норвежец🤝,👍тебе.Отличная работа профессионала

  33. metalwork, woodwork, leatherwork, and no power tools…what wizardry is this???

  34. I think you should use mask when you drilling metal. It is very harmful for you lunges.

  35. 1 million axe resto vids on yt.
    This man uses a hand saw to cut almost through the complete length of the axe, wow

  36. I am really happy to see the growth of your channel, man, well deserved!!

  37. What an absolute legend. Your channel is the best restoration out there! So much effort is put in and I love that you don’t use power tools.

  38. увидел трёх авторов, решил бросить пить, потом понял)))
    классный топорик, похож на карпатский.
    из второй части кирка получится.

  39. Pent arbeide 🙂 Du kan jo vurdere å bruke resten av øksa til en pickaroon. Du delte den tross alt for hånd 🙂 også får du en film til ut av den arbeidsøkta med å dele øksa i 2

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