24 June 2013

Boy Scout Hatchet- Bringing it Back to Life

If you have visited my blog a few time you might have read a post of something,that I been messing with to get a few more years of life out of.Such as my Military gas can restoration or working on a set of roller cam brakes.

But now I have the interest to work on some camp and outdoor tools. What better project to start off with than my Boy Scout hatchet from the mid 80's.


C-clamp to the work bench.


For being being 27 years old or so, the hatchet is in good overall shape. The blade did have a bad ding that I wanted to workout. I don't know if I ever had a good edge on this hatchet but after reading different post I felt like I could bring the life back to my hatchet, a camp tool from my childhood.

Getting all the right tools to do the job was the hardest part of the process. Just forget about going to a big box store to find the items that you will need. Find a little family owned hardware store in a little country town will be your best bet.

My goal here was to put a good sharp edge on the hatchet and get it cleaned up. I did not want to repaint the head. After an hour or so I feel like I made my goal and learned a few things along the way.



Finished product


I am sure I will be able to get another 27 years of service from it and I hope that I will be able to pass it on to one of my kids. Not sure which one... I look forward to some camping this fall in the mountains. Can't you smell the campfire?

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