Jan 10 2007

Ground Stone Axe Update

Published by at 2:14 pm under Stone Working

How long grinding the edge of a stone axe takes is to a great degree determined by the quality of your abrading stone. Mine happens to be very good, so the process is quite fast. When I abrade edges on stone, I usually start by making a “half” bevel. That is, I start grinding the sides first, more or less to the angle I want the bit of the axe go at in the end.

When I have done that I start grinding much more steeply to even out any dips in the front. In this particular piece there was a rather deep flake scar in the front from testing the blank’s integrity.

When the edge is totally even, the most timeconsuming part begins. Narrowing the bit to a usable bevel takes quite a while. Work systematically and if unmotivated, take a look on the progress. I think you’ll be surprised of how quick it really is. I used only about 1,5 hours on the bit of this particular axe.

The last task on this piece is to make the handle. A task I fear will take longer than all of the stonework combined.

Regards
Torjus

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3 Responses to “Ground Stone Axe Update”

  1. […] that simple, the earlier processes in axe head construction can be found here. I will demonstrate hafting one of the nearest […]

  2. lathan mooreon 03 Jul 2008 at 6:02 am

    what kind of stone is that you are using to sharpn your axe?
    is that water on there?

  3. Torjus Gaarenon 05 Jul 2008 at 1:33 pm

    I think the grinding stone is some sort of quartzite/slate thing. Works very well for grinding everything. Yes, I use water of two reasons: 1. I don’t like to breathe the dust. 2. It keeps the dust from clogging into the abrading stone.

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