The Forestry Forum is sponsored in part by:

iDRY Vacuum Kilns


Forestry Forum
Sponsored by:


TimberKing Sawmills



Toll Free 1-800-582-0470

LogRite Tools



Norwood Industries Inc.




Your source for Portable Sawmills, Edgers, Resaws, Sharpeners, Setters, Bandsaw Blades and Sawmill Parts

EZ Boardwalk Sawmills. More Saw For Less Money!

STIHLDealers.com sponsored by Northeast STIHL


Woodland Sawmills

Peterson Swingmills

 KASCO SharpTech WoodMaxx Blades

Turbosawmill

Sawmill Exchange

Michigan Firewood, your BRUTE FORCE Authorized Dealer

FARMA


Baker Products

ECHO-Bearcat

iDRY Wood Lumber Vacuum Drying for everyon

Baltic Abrasives Technologies Nyle Kiln Dry Systems




Author Topic: leather handle refurbish  (Read 442 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline doc henderson

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 1798
  • Age: 58
  • Location: Hutchinson, Ks
  • Gender: Male
  • Evil Prevails when Good Men Standby and Do Nothing
    • Share Post
leather handle refurbish
« on: June 16, 2019, 06:29:33 PM »
I am not a knife maker.  i have a new hatchet eastwing, that I bought a few years back with a HD gift card.  My neighbor Jimmy gave me a box of old stuff he did not want and in it was an identical hatchet like mine, and i have given it to my son William.  we have cleaned and polished up the metal, was going to try to re-finish the handle.  is it a good idea?  how do you do it?  we engraved his name and number on the sheath.  i assume saddle soap would do well on the sheath.  seems like the handle is covered in varnish ect.  figured i would have him cover the metal with paste wax.



 



 



 



 

he used it after sharpening to chop out a 5 inch root near a rain pipe we were working on.  he even got a blister, good for a doctors kid!
timberking B 2000, 277c track loader, PJ 32 foot gooseneck, 1976 F700 state dump truck, JD 850 tractor.

Offline Bruno of NH

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 3197
  • Age: 53
  • Location: Springfield NH
  • Gender: Male
    • Share Post
Re: leather handle refurbish
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2019, 07:30:34 PM »
When I first got into carpentry work I used estwing hammers with handles like that.
I believe it's spar varnish on the handle.
I moved on to wooden handles better on my wrist and shoulder. 
Lt 40 wide with 38hp gas and command controls Riehl Steel edger,Mahindra 3540 cab tractor loader F350 4x4 dump and lot of contracting tools

Online lxskllr

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 1271
  • Age: 50
  • Location: MD USA
  • Gender: Male
  • dummy with saw
    • Share Post
Re: leather handle refurbish
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2019, 07:55:48 PM »
I typically use olive oil on leather washer handles, but mine have been unfinished. I'd be tempted to use it on the Estwing. It'll darken the leather, coverage will be incomplete due to the existing finish, and it'll have to be periodically reapplied, but I think over time it'll have a nicer feel in-hand, and gain a customized patina. It likely won't be as pretty as the original finish, but I think it would be more functional. If olive oil is used, it should be stored away from mouse access. I hear they chew olive oil treated leather, but I personally haven't had a problem.

edit:
BTW, if you go with oil, there's no going back. It'll be permanently darkened, and you'll be committed to maintaining the oil finish, so if you consider it, consider it carefully.

Offline Old Greenhorn

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 1259
  • Age: 64
  • Location: Catskill Mountains, NY
  • Gender: Male
  • An old coot, still learning.
    • Share Post
Re: leather handle refurbish
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2019, 08:32:52 PM »
These are nice tools that cna last a lifetime. I have one around here somewhere, but I have about 15 hand axes so I lose track of where they all are. It's called a washer handle, and this one is hard varnished. You can sand it off, smooth sand any mis-matches between the washers and then re-varnish if you like. The failure point on these is the butt cap. I believe this one is peened over rivets, correct? Make sure those are tight and ther is no wobble in the washers, if so, you need to fix that first. If it's tight, you are good. The washer material itself can vary, usually leather, but I have seen wood used to0 and thi might be wood, I can't tell. i have also seen rubber used on sheath knives for washers. Select a finish suitable to the material. 
 For the sheath, clean with saddle soap as you have done, then apply neatsfoot oil and allow to dry overnight. Wipe off any excess and you are good to go. Re-apply the neatsfoot il once a year or so, or anytime the leather looks dry. Don't overdo it or the leather will get too soft and the rivets might start pulling out.
 I like the thin edge on these axes, good for trimming work. They take a bite easy. No so good for chip removal because of the thin bit. He shoud enjoy that ax for a long time.
Oscar 328 Band Mill, Husky 450, 372 (Clone), Mule 3010, and too many hand tools. :) I mill for fun and my mental health. NYLT Certified.

I ain't the woodcutter, but I can cut wood 'til the woodcutter gets here.

Offline Southside

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 4614
  • Age: 47
  • Location: Wilsons (Dinwiddie County), VA
  • Gender: Male
  • Have a plan to saw every log you meet.
    • Share Post
Re: leather handle refurbish
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2019, 11:12:58 PM »
Ahem... I believe you have a pergola to build so there is no time to be playing around with that silly hatchet!!   :D  Will he be using that on the chickens you will need in order to finish said pergola in time for the party?    ;D
Franklin buncher and skidder
JD Processor
Woodmizer LT Super 70 and LT35 sawmill, KD250 kiln, BMS 250 sharpener and setter
Riehl Edger
Woodmaster 725 and 4000 planner and moulder
Enough cows to ensure there is no spare time.

Offline doc henderson

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 1798
  • Age: 58
  • Location: Hutchinson, Ks
  • Gender: Male
  • Evil Prevails when Good Men Standby and Do Nothing
    • Share Post
Re: leather handle refurbish
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2019, 11:48:04 AM »
we live just inside the city limits and are allowed 1 chicken for every 2,000 sq. feet with out a building on it.  We had a dozen back when the kids were younger.  none now but one strays in the yard, I sure it will come in handy.   :D  
timberking B 2000, 277c track loader, PJ 32 foot gooseneck, 1976 F700 state dump truck, JD 850 tractor.

Offline doc henderson

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 1798
  • Age: 58
  • Location: Hutchinson, Ks
  • Gender: Male
  • Evil Prevails when Good Men Standby and Do Nothing
    • Share Post
Re: leather handle refurbish
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2019, 11:50:27 AM »
I may carefully try a little mineral spirits to get the adhesive from the sticker off.  more to just clean it,  but not make it sticky.  could sand it with fine paper.  or goo b gone,
timberking B 2000, 277c track loader, PJ 32 foot gooseneck, 1976 F700 state dump truck, JD 850 tractor.

Offline Old Greenhorn

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 1259
  • Age: 64
  • Location: Catskill Mountains, NY
  • Gender: Male
  • An old coot, still learning.
    • Share Post
Re: leather handle refurbish
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2019, 12:26:34 PM »
Hey Doc! I stumbled on this today, a different approach. FYI
Oscar 328 Band Mill, Husky 450, 372 (Clone), Mule 3010, and too many hand tools. :) I mill for fun and my mental health. NYLT Certified.

I ain't the woodcutter, but I can cut wood 'til the woodcutter gets here.

Offline doc henderson

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 1798
  • Age: 58
  • Location: Hutchinson, Ks
  • Gender: Male
  • Evil Prevails when Good Men Standby and Do Nothing
    • Share Post
Re: leather handle refurbish
« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2019, 12:59:12 PM »
for now I used goof off and took the oil and dirt off the leather.  the rectangle area where the sticker was applies and left the adhesive was the biggest eye sore for me.  i will check out further ideas for general knowledge.  
timberking B 2000, 277c track loader, PJ 32 foot gooseneck, 1976 F700 state dump truck, JD 850 tractor.

Offline florida

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 642
  • Age: 72
  • Location: Fort Myers, Florida
  • Gender: Male
    • Share Post
Re: leather handle refurbish
« Reply #9 on: June 24, 2019, 02:52:33 PM »
I would sand the handle with 150 grit sandpaper which is what they do at the factory. Follow that witha dip in varnish.
General contractor and carpenter for 50 years.

Online lxskllr

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 1271
  • Age: 50
  • Location: MD USA
  • Gender: Male
  • dummy with saw
    • Share Post
Re: leather handle refurbish
« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2019, 05:43:45 PM »
For your consideration...




The knife/sheath on the left was treated with olive oil(more than once), and has been on my side every work day for the last three five years. I lost it in the woods Friday, and consider it so essential, I ordered a replacement Friday. I found the old knife today, and also got the new one which is shown on the right.

edit:
Had the knife longer than I remembered. Time flies when you're getting old  :^D


Share via delicious Share via digg Share via facebook Share via linkedin Share via pinterest Share via reddit Share via stumble Share via tumblr Share via twitter

xx
Looking for someone to refurbish a 15" delta planer

Started by nativewolf on General Woodworking

0 Replies
474 Views
Last post May 09, 2017, 09:13:30 AM
by nativewolf
xx
stiff leather

Started by Engineer on General Board

19 Replies
3317 Views
Last post January 07, 2006, 10:28:40 PM
by Coon
xx
Leather Care

Started by POSTON WIDEHEAD on General Board

13 Replies
1870 Views
Last post March 20, 2014, 02:12:41 PM
by 21incher
xx
Leather Work

Started by Burlkraft on Wanted

0 Replies
729 Views
Last post February 23, 2009, 11:15:25 PM
by Burlkraft
 


Powered by EzPortal