How to Remove Rust From Axe Head

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Introduction: How to Remove Rust From Axe Head

I bought this axe head for 10$ from a vulgar local market that opens every saturday in my location, this market sells all stuff you can imagine, most of it is junk and used stuff.

when you buy an axe examine carefully the head, the shape should be pleasant and workable, the most important part is the sharp edge of the axe, an edge with missing (or eaten) metal by rust is junk and time wasting, you should also examine the rest of the axe body, poll, cheek, if the damage is severe don't mind it and move to another one.

Step 1: Soaking in White Vinegar

White vinegar has Acetic acid which remove rust completly :

  1. put the axe in a plastic box that has an enough height to submerge the head with acid
  2. pour white vinegar slowly, and make sure to cover the WHOLE axe, place the box in a safe place, soak it for a day and a half. after few hours of soaking you will notice rust bits removed and sitting on the box floor
  3. after the period has passed, rust will be easily removed, use a steel brush or a steel sponge to rub off all the rust on the axe, take care to also rub in the eye of the axe, where the handle will fit in.
  4. vinegar has a very strong scent so wear medical gloves and if you can, do the process outdoors.
  5. wash the axe thoroughly with hot water to remove the vinegar and its scent,
  6. clean the axe and dry it in a towel or something, it is moisture that encourages rusting so be sure to dry all surfaces including the eye

Step 2: Complete!

To see how i turned this into a full WARAXE, watch this :

https://www.instructables.com/id/Making-woodcarved-Axe-handle/

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clearly from this first two pictures this is not the same axe head. I point to the curve in the bottom of the rusted out one. the "restored" one is totally different

Clearly you didn't read the notes on the two pictures.

Clearly he din't :-)

Nice work. so no sanding?

thank you, of course i sanded the head for sharpness and look, you can see how it turned out in the link above :)

I am restoring an old axe with this method. Super

I did mine a little bit differently:

1. clean the rusted axe head with a paper towel or a towel

2. Boil vinger in a pot

3. Put the axe head for 30 mintues on low flame

4. Take the axe head out and dry with a paper towel or a towel

5. Put some WD-40 and clean it with a paper towel or a towel

6. Use rotating metal brush and clean the oxidation from the axe head

7. Grind the axe head blade and make it sharp - if you are a great grind user, grind the entire sutface and make it smooth.

8. Assemble back the handle

Try to cut off a cabbage or a pumpkin, if it was with one strike or two - that means your axe is ready now for battle or for wood cut :-) If it wasn't, you should grind the axe head blade again. It's should take 1 hour, if it's you first time 2 hours tops.

This method works on any rusted thing: tools, car parts, bolts, coins, furnitures, etc.

But I'm waiting to see how did you made the handle - It's so cool :-) I bought mine and it not so special as yours.