Taking care of your axe
The axe is a robust hand tool that can withstand hard use. To keep it in optimal condition it is worth giving it some love and care.
After using your axe, you should always remove dirt and moisture before putting on the sheath. If you intend to store the axe for a longer period, you should put some oil or grease on the axe head to avoid rust. The edge is the part of the axe that will bear the most wear during use. To maintain optimum performance from your axe you should sharpen the edge on a regular basis. For best results use a wet sandstone. To ensure that your axe maintains its original functionality, it is important to keep the original shape of the edge by sharpening the whole length of the edge on both sides. To remove the rough edge and burrs after sharpening, the edge might need to be honed. Put the hone in water or oil and move the hone over the edge with a rotating movement. To prevent loose steel pieces from destroying your edge, the hone needs to be cleaned every now and then. The edge will become extra strong if you use a leather belt to strop the edge afterwards.
Axes from Hultafors embody genuine craftsmanship. When used correctly, they can last a lifetime. Each axe is checked carefully before delivery but if a production fault should be found, we will be happy to honor the warranty.
Sharpen the edge
Axes are made differently to suit different purposes. Therefore, it is important to preserve the original shape of the edge when sharpening the axe.
Re-handle of Your Axe.
If an axe breaks, it is almost always the shaft/handle that gets damaged. A damaged shaft can be a safety risk. However, if the head is still in good condition, you can re- use your tool by fitting a new shaft. When fitting a new shaft to your tool, it is important to ensure that the shaft is dry.
If it is not and dries after the head has been fitted, there is a danger that the head may come loose. This also applies to the wedge if you fit a new shaft using a wooden wedge.
1. Cut off the existing shaft just below the head.
2. Drill a number of holes in the eye.
3. Tap out what is left and clean the eye.
4. Press and tap the head onto the new shaft, firmly but carefully. Cut off the protruding part of the shaft.
5. Fit the steel wedge so that the end of the shaft fills the eye. If the steel wedge is not suffcient, you should fit a wooden wedge before the steel wedge. You can make this by cutting a wedge from a dry piece of hard timber. Then split the end of the shaft using a chisel. Apply some wood glue, tap in the wooden wedge and then cut off the excess.
6. Hammer in the steel wedge so that it locks the wooden wedge in position. Then apply oil to the end of the shaft to protect it against moisture.
Storage and use
Never store your axe in excessively dry places, e.g. in boiler rooms or leaning against a heater. You then risk the shaft drying out and the axe head coming loose during use.