You worked hard to make your steel axe – now you need to work hard at preserving it. There are a few key things that you can do to make sure that your tool stays in pristine condition. While it will never return to the form it had when you first crafted or bought it, it will maintain it’s durability to last generations!
First you’re going to want to make sure that you’re storing your axe in a dry place. While the steel isn’t going to rust, the humidity can easily affect the handle, which would then cause it to split upon impact. This could lead to injury.
This does not mean that you should keep the axe in a very warm place. This could cause the wood around the axe head to shrink. Again, this could lead to displacement and the user getting hurt.
You’re also going to want to make sure that you’re sharpening the axe head regularly. I like to do so after every 5 uses. I found that this is a nice, happy medium.
Of course, you need to make sure that you clean your tool off after every use. Do not leave any remnants of what you were cutting onto the tool. This could cause it to become defective and result in injury.
If you haven’t noticed, I really believe in caring for your tools as if your life depended on it. The reason? Because your life does depend on it! While tools do help us, they can also harm us!