To start with the first I got a great deal 8actually it was more of a steal!) at one of the local thriftstores. The first one is a Swedish armyaxe. It weighs a total of 2kg and is 55cm long. It has a leather cap over the edge, but it also has a hole in the blade and a ring at the back of the shaft! At first I though it was some homemade addition, but all the axes for sale had these features. The straps of the cap ran through the hole, crossing each other there and than ran though the ring, again crossing each other. Than they were tied in a knot, but even without the knot the cap remains in place.
The axe is in prety decent shape, but the leather cap has signs of mold and the leather is dry. I'll be giving this axe some TLC, sanding the handle to a bare wood, maybe giving the head a patina if it is steel and clean and treat the leather to some wax. This axe cost me 50sek!
Speaking of looks, this pack looks well used with many signs of wear and tear. One of the closing straps has been replaced and upon examining it I found lots of dust, soil, grass and plantparts in its folds. I could not help but wondering what this pack has been though. If only it could talk and tell me about its whereabouts and adventures...... And all this for a whooping 10sek!!!
I must say that it handled well.
|A good moment to line up and show my tools of the trade.|