Okay, this isn't a kitchen knife(obviously) but I've taken on this project for my CDC at work. This is an Estwing hatchet that he's had for a long time, maybe 25 years or so. I'm pretty sure this is a very common hatchet, and he could just buy a new one on EBay for $20.................
.....but this thing holds a lot of good memories, sentiment, etc.
So I offered to bring it back to life using whatever knife refurbishing knowledge/skill I've accrued thanks to KKF.
The whole thing was quite rusty and pitted. The handle was made of compressed leather with some (I guess) plastic spacer decorations/accents.
I cut the handle off and cleaned it all up. I'm looking to keep it the same style/shape as the original.
My question is:
What should I use for the handle material?
I'm really leaning towards wood, as that is my only experience. I'm guessing I don't want anything too expensive, fancy or brittle. I'm thinking African Blackwood would be perfect.............
...but I just don't know.
I'm looking for any answers, recommendations, whatever. I'm sure I could just Google it, but I wanted to ask you guys first.
I'm sure there's probably a hatchet forum out there!
Here's some pics I took of the before, during and after
And Voila! It's all nice and shiny with just a minimal amount of pitting leftover.
Thanks in advance for any and all help!