I have my uncles old double bladed axe. I remember it from 67 /68...Found it buried in a far corner of my fish store. I cleaned it up put a new handle on it and restored it to its' former glory. Hangs on an overhead beam there today. He always kept his stuff razor sharp. You could shave with any of his stuff !! Sharpen it then use the leather strop / and finesse hone it !
He always said.." kev...you'll cut yourself a lot faster with a dull knife than you will with a sharp one. You should always have a pocket knife on ya, SOOO KEEP IT SHARP "!! .....and..."you can trust / gauge a man by how sharp his pocket knife is" ...Dad kept his like a scalpel and quite often said this too.
When I was growing up, uncle Kenny would take me down to the wharf and I used to turn the old sandstone wheel for him pretty well once every 2 weeks. Sometimes for the better part of a couple of hours or more. ESP if they were working in the woods cuttin wharf studs..they'd use 4 or 5 different axes, and if fishing was on them...all his fishing (gibbing, back bone splitting and gutting) knives as well, pocket knives, scythes and all their household stuff too.
Seemed like there was always a whet stone and a pc of 1/8 leather above every door header when I was growin up !