Congratulations! You are now a proud owner of a handmade axe.
Used properly and cared for, this axe can last for decades, even generations within your family. In this letter we will provide a few tips for using your axe properly and maintaining it.
Good axes are made from very hard steel. The blacksmiths use hard steel because it keeps an edge much longer than a normal axe, and it can take a much sharper edge without sacrificing any edge-retention. As a result the axe is a little fussier.
When storing your axe, be sure to keep the steel dry and oiled to repel any moisture. Good high-carbon steel, like the steel in this axe, can rust. To prevent this, keep it away from excess moisture. Hard steel is also more brittle. This means that this axe isn’t meant to cut steel, rocks, bricks, or other silly hard things. If you chop wood with your axe, you won’t need to worry about having to repair it.
The wood in the axe is excellent American Hickory. Best to keep it oiled to avoid shrinking and other issues. Above all else, keep the ‘eye’ where the handle runs through the head, well oiled so the head does not become loose.
When swinging your axe, always watch for others in the surrounding area, and never chop towards yourself. When splitting, be sure to chop on a wooden chopping block. When limbing trees, stand on the opposite side of the tree to prevent injuries.
If the axe head loosens while chopping, stop chopping and make sure to re-affix it before continuing work.
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening my axe.” -Abraham Lincoln
A sharp axe is a safe axe, so when your axe finally dulls, be sure to bring it to us for sharpening. The first time is on us. Finally, take care of your axe, and your axe will take care of you.