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I bought a job lot of old, hand-forged hatchets for a very good price. They are all pretty beaten up, and two need new handles, but there is life in them yet!

This one is my favourite, an old Kent pattern hand axe. I made a leather sheaf for it during my lunch break (you can see it in one of the photos, maybe I'll take photographs of the process next time) and I felt like sharpening it this evening.
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Axe with home-made leather sheaf
Axe with home-made leather sheaf
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Edge before sharpening. It's pretty gnarly.
Edge before sharpening. It's pretty gnarly.
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Using a whetstone. I also used some 150 grit sandpaper and a coarse diamond stone.
Using a whetstone. I also used some 150 grit sandpaper and a coarse diamond stone.
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Getting there, slowly. Lots still to come off.
Getting there, slowly. Lots still to come off.
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There is now clean steel along the whole cutting edge.
There is now clean steel along the whole cutting edge.
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Trying to show the edge. It's hard to focus!
Trying to show the edge. It's hard to focus!
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Used combination of sand paper and file.  I don't own sharpening stones yet.
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Note: Keep going. Rough spots are still visible.

 
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May not be exactly a hatchet but I'm hoping the splitting axe will be enough to get me across the line (fingers crossed)
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Terribly old and rusty (apparently in the time it has been owned it's never been sharpened once!)
Terribly old and rusty (apparently in the time it has been owned it's never been sharpened once!)
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Tools I'll be using
Tools I'll be using
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Another picture to show the bluntness
Another picture to show the bluntness
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First cut. Bringing it back to flat to get rid of the dent
First cut. Bringing it back to flat to get rid of the dent
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Flat
Flat
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Going through the motions. Using the sanding discs now
Going through the motions. Using the sanding discs now
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Beautiful!
Beautiful!
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Worked on it some more.  Is this better?
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Sharpened a hatchet at 2021 PTJ event:

 - closeup of pic of the dull edge
 - action pic of sharpening
 - another closeup of sharp edge  
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sharp hatchet angle 2
sharp hatchet angle 2
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sharp hatchet angle 1
sharp hatchet angle 1
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used a file to sharpen
used a file to sharpen
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dull edge rips paper
dull edge rips paper
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Dull hatchet
Dull hatchet
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Hello!

I sharpened a hatchet.
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Starting shot.
Starting shot.
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Close up dull edge.
Close up dull edge.
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After brushing and steel wool.
After brushing and steel wool.
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Action shot.
Action shot.
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Sharpened edge.
Sharpened edge.
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Hi there

Long time lurker first time Badge earner (fingers crossed). I recently restored an old axe to help split wood on our property. I realised that I should've kept progress pics for that transformation. (I have kept the pictures of me adding in splines to the other for any relevant badges that might exist). I restored this hatchet so that I could use it to build a round wood mallet (pictures to come).

Fun rainy day project and hopefully this puts me on the BB board!
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This is the axe in its original condition (note the upside down nature of the head)
This is the axe in its original condition (note the upside down nature of the head)
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Found an offcut of h3 treated timber and roughly shaped it to take the head.
Found an offcut of h3 treated timber and roughly shaped it to take the head.
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clamped it down safely and hit it with the wire brush and WD40 then you probably can't see it but drew a 2mm vivid line for the microbevel
clamped it down safely and hit it with the wire brush and WD40 then you probably can't see it but drew a 2mm vivid line for the microbevel
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Bastard filed to the line then increased the angle for the microbevel
Bastard filed to the line then increased the angle for the microbevel
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Final result
Final result
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I was going to cut the handle short but I quite like the option of having it longer and I am going to shape the handle a bit better for more ergonomics in the future.
I was going to cut the handle short but I quite like the option of having it longer and I am going to shape the handle a bit better for more ergonomics in the future.
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I sharpened this hatchet.
dull hatchet
sharpening hatchet with metal file
sharpened hatchet
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Jared, that looks like a nice German-made 800g hatchet you have there!

Scott, that is a nice hatchet too!
 
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i sharpened the hatchet i bought 2 years ago
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ew dull and rusty
ew dull and rusty
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so rusty
so rusty
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in progress, used a wire brush and sandpaper to remove rust
in progress, used a wire brush and sandpaper to remove rust
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how sharp
how sharp
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in progress
in progress
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cut through paper
cut through paper
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so sharp when done
so sharp when done
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