The Vintage Tool Wall of Shame: axe handle mayhem.

Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

This is the handle wedging as picked from the Arundel Flea Market for a 3 1/4 lb Snow and Neally poll axe.

bad axe handle wedges

Yup, that’s a steel main wedge with 2 flat washers driven in next to it.

bad axe handle wedges

And there’s the guilty parties after pulling. This type of improvisation will make it impossible to keep the head tight on the handle and a loose head means (eventually) a flying head and someone getting hurt.


Visit me at any of the following locations:

B&G Treasures, 11 Depot St, Norridgewock, ME (Mondays)

Tractor Supply, Skowhegan, ME (Tuesday)

Somerset Woods turnout, Canaan Rd (Rt 2), Skowhegan,ME (Wednesday)

Arundel Flea Market, Rt 1 & Log Cabin Rd, Arundel, ME (Saturday)

Fryeburg Flea Market (Fryeburg Fairgrounds), Fryeburg, ME
(Sundays, Memorial Day thru end of September)

298 W Front St, Skowhegan, ME (all other days)

If you’re looking for a special tool, please drop me an
email and let me know and I’ll restore one just for you!

SwiftWater Edge Tool Works provides mobile sharpening services across Maine and mail in services around the world for handsaws, carbide blades, planer knives, hand planes, chain saws, knives, scissors, hair clippers, router bits, and almost any blade!


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