Someone braver than me please purchase this shirt and wear it every single fucking day.
Visited my local antique shop and scored this Wards Master Quality Axe. Ordered myself a House Handle 30 inch stick for it and got to putting together a new axe. Not very new because apparently they stopped using the “Master Quality” name in 1940 or something. Couldn’t help myself, I started cleaning it up before I took any pictures but needless to say it had a fair amount of rust and pitting. Just character for me as I’m going to leave it like this. I think it might have been red originally because the color in the stamping is a little too red to be rust I think so I’m leaving that. The old handle overall wasn’t really in terrible shape but the eye portion was rotted away. I also wanted a boys length handle but this is a heavier head with a larger eye so I got the 30 inch and I think the swell might get a little reshaping which would get it pretty dang close to 28 inches anyway, but with the heft of the longer stick. Anyway, HH picked me out some pretty good grain and shipped it out to me without a coating which saved me some time. It’s soaked in Linseed Oil a few days now after an easy fitting to the head - took no time. It needed a touch here and there just to get it started in the eye, then after pounding it halfway there were nice markes left in the wood to indicate the high spots. A few test fittings and it was on - finished pics to follow and next, a leather sheath.
Great pic series with a Kershaw Cryo