Made in Boulder. Who woulda thunk that a bunch of dope-smoking hippies could have made such a nice blade?
A few things threw me off on this blade. Number 1, when I see lades with the nail-pulling accessory, I usually think it is junk. Not so in this case. It is well-made with good steel. Not only does it sharpen up well, it has nearly no cheek which I like for crafting. Number 2, I generally don't like axes with steel-based hafts. Why? If you bend it, you're generally done. There is not haft replacement option. This ads to the weight of the axe and the balance.
Next up? A good vinegar soak to remove the rust and ad patina. Then onto make a sheath. This hatchet, y far has been my best blade-related find on the dump. I was thinking about getting rid of it, but I'm changing my mind. I think this will pair well with my Snow & Nealley camp axe. It is definitely pack-worthy.
Look up Western cutlery on eBay. There are a few examples out there for not-so-cheap prices. They are asking a lot because it is worth a lot. If you find one on the cheap, hang onto it. I know I will.
Pax Domini Sit Semper Vobiscum,
Mike, Oscar, Hotel.....out.