More than likely intended to be used as a Tomahawk and/or shingling hatchet, this piece would have been equally suited to cutting mortise and tendons for timber framed barns. Hand forged sometime early last century in Pennsylvania, this unique piece was rediscovered early this year and shipped out to the K.A. shop. It was then reworked and restored by Dave prior to being sent off to Quebec where it was rehung and sheathed by Trinity Boletus.
Arriving here in the shop originally, it was an honest and solid piece if not just a bit crusty. However, it greatly benefited from some subtle yet time consuming changes. Upon completion of a round of electrolysis, Dave set to reprofiling the head, refacing the poll, cutting some scalloped details around the eye then giving the entire head a rounded CC'd contour much like you'd see on one of his custom folder frames. That had the result of lightening the head a bit, but also giving it a neat "melted" look that just screamed for a two tone tumbled/polished finish.
The haft chosen for this build was done in a straight "hammer" style that includes a nice palm flare at about the mid point as well as a hand shaved octagonal detail leading up into the eye of the head. A 50/50 natural and burned finish with a blue band detail make for a very good looking setup. The hand died and waxed sheath was fabricated just for this axe and is secured by double brass snaps.
Branded with the Rydböm Hertiage chop... now taken down from Dave's office wall, it is offered here in the stag shop.