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Greg E




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PostPosted: Mon 30 Dec, 2013 4:36 pm    Post subject: A&A Nordland Axe         Reply with quote

I was gifted for Christmas an Arms & Armor Nordland Axe. I like it very much. The one thing I do not really care for is the black 'paint' or whatever it is on the axe head. Has anyone removed the fore-mentioned black covering? If so how did it look? I am thinking or removing it and then maybe bluing it. Just don't like the black.
Has anyone done any modding to this piece?
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Jason Daub




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PostPosted: Mon 30 Dec, 2013 5:02 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Yes, I stripped the paint first thing, cleaned up the casting lines and gave it a controlled rust finish. It looks very good, a nice piece to start with, it is a lot nicer with the extra time spent on the finish.
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His cuisses on his thighs, gallantly arm'd,-
Rise from the ground like feather'd Mercury,
And vaulted with such ease into his seat,
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To turn and wind a fiery Pegasus,
And witch the world with noble horsemanship.'
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Mark Moore




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PostPosted: Tue 31 Dec, 2013 5:05 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I don't have the A&A, but I have stripped several Cold Steel tomahawks using a bench grinder with a wire brush wheel. They are a royal pain, but once done, look great with the natural finish. I would suggest you do the same to yours, then you can either give it an artificial patina, or give it a light coat of clear flat and call it done. I tried to brush off the brown on my Hanwei bearded axe....nope. Ain't happening. I don't know what Hanwei uses to 'antique' them, but its some tough stuff. Laughing Out Loud...Wear safety goggles!! Good luck!!.........McM
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Robert W Tucker




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PostPosted: Tue 31 Dec, 2013 7:49 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

mine was not symmetrical when i got it which didn't bother me till i sharpened and used it to find the temper was not there I ground it down with an angle grinder even filed and polished it smooth then reheated and tempered it it now splits logs with the best of them I blued it to but if your going to really use it, the rusting will fade to a gray mine has been going strong for two whole years now enjoy your new axe I lost about 3 ounces of material with re profiling.
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