Credit (or blame) Restoration Hardware and American Pickers for part of the ‘vintage’ craze that’s big in the clothing and furnishings and guitars. Old stuff that used to be cheap (or simply thrown away) is now trendy and expensive.
Now you can add axes to that list. Northwest Axe Company doesn’t make vintage axes, but it makes them cool.
Starting with recovered US-made axe heads, the Seattle company refinishes them and regrinds them when needed before attaching them to new American hickory shafts. Some axes are ground completely clean, and others are left with their original patina. Each one gets a new handmade sheath.
NW Axe Company has plans to forge their own axe heads, but for now all their products are built on recovered heads.
All this refurbished history doesn’t come cheap. Prices start at $125 for a refurbished US-made vintage axe, which puts you almost into Hultafors territory.
I certainly wish them well, but these prices are a little out of my range. Maybe I’ll do some ‘American picking’ myself and cruise some garage sales next spring.