This is a tradition Norlund hatchet, it has a very handsome patina. I hand carved the handle from beautifully aged tight, straight grained piece of hickory.
The Norlund brand is one that axe enthusiasts tell legends of, for its beautiful Scandinavian-like aesthetic, and it's quality steel. The Norlund brand was formed out of Canada in the 1960's, the Norlund product designers studied how hand forged axes had been made in Scandinavia for hundreds of years, and tried to emulate that in their own designs. The Norlund brand did not last long, and these days finding one in as good of condition as this one is becoming next to impossible.
I don't use sand paper when I make these handles because sandpaper can have a muffling effect of the grain. I used only cutting tools to form this handle because the severed grains of a hand cut handle will pop like nothing else. For most of the shaping I use a traditional blacksmith made Japanese saw, a draw knife, and a spokeshave from the 1800's.
The hatchet is hung using traditional technics, with a hickory hand carved wedge split from the same tree as the handle, and a medium sized metal wedge intersecting it. I used raw linseed oil to oil the handle, the difference between raw linseed oil and boiled linseed oil is that modern boiled linseed oil contains heavy metals, witch can be toxic, raw linseed oil take longer to dry but is well worth the wait.
The handle has an almost perfect grain orientation, and no visible run-off. There is a small fracture that starts near the heel of the handle (see picture number 1). The pole of the hatchet head has been filed, flattened and polished, The Norlund logo remains crystal clear, and not filed There are a few very minor marks that have been made over the decades that it has survived through.
I have sharpened the blade myself to be razor-sharp by hand on whetstones, I only recommend mild further honing. I do not use any power tools when restoring these fine tools to insure that the most care is taken, and that the heat treatment in the blades I restore will not be drawn out.
please only purchase if you have acquired the skills to maintain this tool or have plans to acquire them.
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