If you like to explore the outdoors, then a sharp & sturdy axe will prove to be one of your most important tools. From clearing the way while passing through a dense forest to making quick work of large hunks of wood, there are plenty of ways that an axe serves you. However, just like any other tool, your axe will require you to take care of it; otherwise, it won’t last beyond a few months.
We’ll share with you today an easy routine to maintain your axe and if you follow it properly, not only the axe will serve you well but you will able to save it for your next generation.
The anatomy of an axe: There are 3 key components of a typical axe. Here they are:
Helve: This is the wooden handle that you often see with a typical axe. Although sturdy, it still is susceptible to elements such as moisture because your axe will spend most of its life outdoors. A new axe usually has a protective linseed oil coating, which quickly wears off after a few uses.
The head: This is the business end of your axe. This is the metal bit that does all the chopping & cutting. If you have invested in a quality axe, it will come with a head forged out of high-quality steel. The steel head is composed in a manner that offers the best of strength and functionality. It should be able to stand to the brute force of the impact while maintaining a sharp edge to slice through without much effort.
The mask: This is not precisely a direct part of the actual axe but plays an important role in keeping it functional. The mask, also known as the sheath is the leather mask that covers the head after you’re done using the axe.