Added June 11, 2019 to Uncategorized
Similar to Montreal pattern, the Rhineland axe pattern has a large versatile cutting edge.
How old? Sometime between the 1950s and 1988, based on the paint and font probably closer to 1960-70s
Replace or keep it original? Tough to say without knowing if the handle is cracked, it looks like . The head is loose because the wood has shrunk and dried out. You can tighten if possible (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgDPkC-qsNw), If you’re going to put it back to work, I’d probably replace with a new handle. Left untreated for years, the wood has probably degraded. You can always repaint the handle to look like the original.
Please see here for info on how to size your axe handle – there is a link at the bottom where you can order handles.
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