A lot of people who are new to using axes are unaware of the importance of keeping the axe well maintained. However, some of you reading this may be well aware of axe maintenance and are just looking for a few extra tips. At the end of the day axes are sharp and dangerous tools and whenever you are working with them you need to ensure that you are taking all the safety precautions that you need to.
When it comes to storing your axe you need to make sure that it is stored in a dry place. However, it is important that where you store your axe is not too warm or dry otherwise there is a chance that the handle will shrink in the axe head meaning the axe will not be safe to use when you next pick it up. When you store your axe you will also want to make sure that there isn’t any dirt or moisture on the axe head before putting on the sheath. If your axe is going to be stored for a longer period of time then it would be wise to oil the axe because an un-oiled axe is more prone to rusting.
There are a variety of axes each specifically designed for their own individual use so it is important that you only use your axe for what it was intended for. The majority of axe heads are forged for cutting or carving. This means they should not be used as a wedge or as a sledge hammer. Only Sledge axes can be used as a sledge because they have been designed for that use.
The handle of your axe is what makes it usable and contributes largely to the safe use of the tool therefore it is in your own best interest to ensure that it is kept in the best condition it can be. The thing that is going to have the biggest effect on your axe handle is going to be the environment. If the handle is exposed to the elements then the finish on the handle is going to deteriorate. To prevent this from happening it is best to slowly build up your own finish overtime. This can be done by applying boiled Linseed oil to a rag and rubbing it into the wood.
When you are no longer using your axe it is good to get into the habit of putting the sheath back over the blade. The sheathes primary objective is to keep you and your other belongings safe however, it also protects the blade itself allowing for it to remain sharper and in a better condition for longer.
The head or the blade of the axe is forged into a certain shape so that it is better suited to its purpose. Therefore it is important to maintain the shape of the blade when it comes to sharpening your axe. Apart from sharpening the blade the axe head also needs to be oiled. This protects the head from moisture increasing the longevity and also protects the finish.
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