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    17th Century Trade Axe Brought Back to Life!

    I just finished electrolysis, boiling, baking & waxing on the late 17th century trade axe (long process but worth it) I think it came out great! I only had a little loss on the edge but you can only save what is there. I also included the before pic. This is definitely my favorite iron relic besides my Rev War shells & probably my oldest find. Click image for larger version. 

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    Beautiful!
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    Wow, that's a great find man! Nice preservation work to boot. Excellent digs!!
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    Nice work, ax looks incredible... After electrolysis I boil my relics in paraffin, what is your process?
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    Lots of work but you're right,, well worth it.
    Beautiful results,, congratulations
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    Quote Originally Posted by VMI Digger View Post
    Nice work, ax looks incredible... After electrolysis I boil my relics in paraffin, what is your process?
    After electrolysis I boil 2-3 times to remove any salt (important, about an hour) Once the water is clear it's good.
    Then I bake at 300 degrees for an hour or so depending on the relic to remove all moisture
    I then take it out of the oven & while hot apply Ebony Briwax generously. It soaks it up while hot
    After it cools down I wipe off the excess wax & done
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    You did a beautiful restoration job on a great relic.
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    Nice job congrats
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    Quote Originally Posted by mangum View Post
    After electrolysis I boil 2-3 times to remove any salt (important, about an hour) Once the water is clear it's good.
    Then I bake at 300 degrees for an hour or so depending on the relic to remove all moisture
    I then take it out of the oven & while hot apply Ebony Briwax generously. It soaks it up while hot
    After it cools down I wipe off the excess wax & done
    Great Find and preservation. Excellent info. I Never thought about boiling to remove salt but makes sense. Thx
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    Fantastic preservation!

    Thank you for the method.
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    Nice save
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    Quote Originally Posted by mangum View Post
    After electrolysis I boil 2-3 times to remove any salt (important, about an hour) Once the water is clear it's good.
    Then I bake at 300 degrees for an hour or so depending on the relic to remove all moisture
    I then take it out of the oven & while hot apply Ebony Briwax generously. It soaks it up while hot
    After it cools down I wipe off the excess wax & done
    Thanks for the details, I boil the water out with paraffin heated to 250 degrees. I do notice that after a few months some spot rust does reoccur... Maybe just the salt/moisture rich air down here
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    -Infantry Script I Coat
    -Infantry Script I Cuffs
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    Wow that's an incredible piece. Great job buddy
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    Very cool. That would be one of my favorite finds too....nice job!
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